I really like the techniques you showed us. I like the options of using the hatching, stippling, and blending. The Chirascuro is hard for me to do. At first I couldn't even see it, but now I am starting to. This is something I need to work on.The squint test has to be the coolest thing ever!!
I enjoyed drawing this bird and felt like it was a reasonable assignment due to it's common "bird shape." Having said that, starting is always the challenge for me and drawing the overall shape was a challenge. I feel like the colors were the easy part. I debated on whether or not to draw the tree branches, but I decided against it. I think it was easier to draw because it wasn't moving. Which is why I tend to draw flowers more! I have a hard enough time identifying birds as it is~