Drawings, paintings, and sketches by Andrew Guttenberg, a birder and artist from Bozeman, Montana. Contact for prints or commissions.
People often tell me, "Andrew, you are obsessed with drawing birds!" As I stop to think about that statement, I realize that the people who say that are mistaken. As a home-schooled kid growing up in Glasgow, Montana it WAS an obsession. Every free moment was spent at the table, in the field, or wherever I had access to a drawing utensil. It was a rapid cycle of drawing, erasing, drawing, admiring momentarily, then starting something new, until my hands cramped up. This helter-skelter, headlong rush into the world of drawing birds made me the artist I am today. But I would not say that I am still obsessed. Drawing just comes naturally to me now. It is a part of who I am, not just what I do.
My family moved to Bozeman, MT in 2005, where I continued homeschooling and graduated in 2010. These days you can usually find me hanging around my drawing table with my sprawling arsenal of Prismacolor pencils and a tall glass of sweet iced tea. The latter has little relevance to drawing or birds, but I must admit I perform better with caffeine in my system. Most of my drawings are colored pencil, sometimes with watercolor backgrounds. Colored pencils are a great choice for a time-starved college student like myself, since they are ready to go at any free moment. Another staple in my art is fine-tip pen, which is great for quick black and white portraits. Charcoal is a recent development for me, and is perfect for larger drawings and quick sketches. Still, my favorite part of drawing birds is the color, so I use colored pencils as often as I can. Not surprisingly, I am a fan of hummingbirds.
My work has been featured on the cover of the November 2011 issue of Birding Magazine, as well as inside the magazine, as part of a 2008 young birder article. I entered the Montana Junior Duck Stamp competition four times from 2006 til 2009, placing first, third, second, and first again. I have had four drawings accepted into the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts juried show, taking the People's Choice award for 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Montana Audubon Society has featured my work on their state bird festival t-shirts, posters, and brochures five times, and I thank them for their support throughout my young art career. My art will come out on the cover of the Montana Bird Distribution book in May.
I am currently a junior at Montana State University, studying art education, and thoroughly enjoying it. I spend my summers at the Bozeman farmer's markets, selling prints of my birds and hanging out with other local artists. My dream is to illustrate field guides and such, but until then, I will do just what I've been doing all along: watching birds, liking what I see, and putting them on paper so everyone else can enjoy them too!