Hummingbirds are a diverse and fascinating family, with the important ecological role as pollinators, especially in the tropics where both flowering plants and hummers reach their greatest biological diversity.
In North America, hummingbirds visit and pollinate such flowers as the trumpet honeysuckle, scarlet beebalm, lemon beebalm, wild bergamot, cardinal flower, and trumpet creeper, columbine as well as native salvias.
I’ve been lucky in my travels to see and draw such colorful hummers like the Violet Sabrewings in Honduras, Red-billed Streamertails in Jamaica, Booted Racket-tails in Peru, and Magnificent Hummingbirds in Arizona. As you can see, hummingbird names are as whimsical as their behavior. The large tropical species are often named for their brilliant iridescent coloration, for example, the jewelfront, shining sunbeam, starfrontlet and amethyst-throated sunangel. With names like that who wouldn’t be captivated and enchanted by these energetic and entertaining birds?
Hummingbird sketching video
Hummingbirds are easier to learn to draw than one might think, so watch my tutorial below to learn how! I shot this video for a Facebook Live event I hosted so you’ll notice some references to the live audience. Gather your pencils and paper and follow along! You may enjoy using my downloadable handouts (listed below the video) to use as you watch and follow along.
Hummingbird Sketching Handouts
I’ve created some handouts to get you started observing and sketching hummingbirds below.
- Download the high-resolution Hummingbird Cheatsheet (as seen below) for use as you watch the video.