Duck Fight

Duck Fight

There is a nice story behind this duck fight sketching.

I had some problems with my scooter. So I went to the mechanic to have some repairs and maintenance. It was not that far from the park we usually go on Sunday. Having some minutes spare while my wife was driving to pick me up. So I reached the park and at the  entering of the park there is a channel. In this usually you can find many birds eating, drinking, going around.

But this time there was a scene that kept my attention: 3 ducks quacking and spinning around. Two of them were males, the most colored ones, and the all brown is the female. And there was a duck fight in progress, where these two males were teasing each other. This duck fight was really funny because the way the ducks sometimes walk or run and because the pretenders were stalking the duck beauty. Quack Quack!

The duck fight never became cruel but it was somewhat determined. Powerful blows from the smaller pretender to the chest of the bigger (older?) pretender. And the opposite the bigger duck was first defending and then attacking with other beak blows.
Funny. It’s always the same story from duck to humans, because we need to take our genes forward.

So I was looking very focused at this scene for almost all time.I was trying to memorize all colors of this duck fight. The color of the muddy water and the fantastic metallic recollections of the male ducks. Altough hey are absolutely not reproducible with watercolors at least I gave a try.

I suddenly I remembered that better than looking there is also sketching. And time was coming over. So I really grabbed my first pen and I took my Zebra Z-Mulsion Hybrid rollerball and my favorite Stillman&Birn Beta. I started sketching very loosing, without almost any care.

duck fight 01

That is no easy but it was a really good lesson to draw for the lines and the poses instead going for details.

duck fight 02

After finished the outlines and barely the time for the lettering I received my wife’s call. It’s time to go.

I forgot even to take a picture, can you imagine how I was happy to see this show. And on saturday afternoon I gave all the colors and the washes to the sketching. The duck fight colors relayed on my sole memory. I used my Winsor&Newton Watercolors and my brushes taking my (short) time.

duck fight 03

But again it was a really nice lesson.
And I discovered how good it’s this Zebra Hybrid for sketching since it’s really waterproof and really black. Well, now I should test all the other hybrid gel pens arrived from the last order from And everything sounds fantastic!

2 Replies to “Duck Fight”

  1. Great way to capture an interesting scene. Last summer I saw a more serious duck fight. A group of 3 bullies were pushing another duck’s head under water. They seemed intent upon killing it. But it got a way.

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