GUEST DOODLEWASH: Birds of Argentina

Birds of Argentina - Doodlewashes by Otto Besel

The beautiful doodlewashes were created by Otto Besel in Argentina. He’s a graphic designer who studied at the University of Buenos Aires and currently works in scientific illustration and naturalistic painting (follow him on Instagram!).

For his work, he uses watercolor, gouache and acrylic. “The watercolour is a new technique for me,” he says, “difficult to master, but very rewarding to see the finished work.”

He especially likes to draw birds and works in layers of color, allowing each layer to dry in between. He uses 300gsm Fabriano paper and for watercolor, Winsor & Newton half pans.

Otto’s inspiration is Argentina, the country where he currently lives. Also, birds, insects and reptiles are his favorites and are very numerous there. “I also like people to enjoy my work and I respect and value the lives of these animals. My career as an artist is just starting and I hope to further progress on every work I make.”

Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us, Otto! We’ll be watching to see what you’ll make next! (be sure to follow Otto on Instagram for more!)

En español:

Soy diseñador gráfico  estudié en la Universidad de Buenos Aires y actualmente me dedico a la ilustración científica y pintura naturalista.

Para mis trabajos utilizo acuarela, gouache y acrílico. La acuarela es una nueva técnica para mí, difícil de dominar pero muy gratificante al ver terminado un trabajo.

Me gusta representar especialmente a las aves con ella. Trabajo por capas dejando secar entre una y otra, utilizo papel Fabriano de 300 gr y acuarelas Winsor & Newton en pastilla. 

Mi inspiración: el campo donde actualmente vivo, las aves, insectos y reptiles son mis preferidos y las especies aquí son muy numerosas. Me gusta que la gente además de disfrutar de mí obra también respete y valore la vida de estos animales. Mi carrera como artista apenas comienza y espero seguir progresando en cada trabajo.

Otto Besel

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23 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    So vibrant!

  2. Tori 2 years ago

    Wow! These are amazing so life like, I’m completely blown away by these 😊

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    They are so life-like! Just stunning!

  4. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    THESE ARE BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the vibrant colors 🙂

  5. weisserwatercolours 2 years ago

    ….what wonderful art–thank you for bringing this to us!

  6. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Otto, your bird illustrations are breathtaking. Thank you sharing your art, and thank you Charlie.

  7. memadtwo 2 years ago

    amazing (K)

  8. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Another bird artist…woohoo!! I followed him first and then made time to comment here…not that I don’t love your post. 😉 xo

  9. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Stunning and vibrant…beautiful paintings. Visual gems that make color sing. Thank you for sharing such lovely art. Great feature Charlie.

  10. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Wow amazing work Otto! Thank you for sharing with us 👍🏼

  11. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Such a precise hand, and such beautiful vibrant colors! Lovely work Otto!

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