On Saturday, my friend and I organised a field sketching event at the Shinobazu pond in Ueno, Tokyo, where lots of ducks and black-headed gulls are wintering. When we planned this event, we were just hoping to have just a few participants. And there turned out as many as ten people, both amateurs and professional artists! It was a mild sunny day, very pleasant to sketch outside. I have to say that it was rather a successful day! You can find some photos and artworks we created on that day on our Field Sketchbook site.
The gull was standing there against the light. I made this drawing by smudging the pencil with tissue paper and "drawing" with rubber, inspired by this Richard Thewlis's purple heron sketch. I really like this technique and should explore it further!
When I came here last time in January, almost all the gulls were the black-headed gulls. But this time, we had some black-tailed gulls, which had already come back for breeding. It was very interesting to see them fighting over a pole stuck in the pond for a place to stand on! Being larger, black-tailed were much stronger than black-headed.