Month: November 2013

Velociraptor skull

Velociraptor skull

Insert John Williams score here_____________.

I looked at a few pictures of fossils before I started this one but mostly from memory. While not exactly scientifically accurate it gets the point across. After the bird skull this seemed a logical step. I like mixing amber colors together, this was another excuse to indulge that.

I’m back at work on another plate of warblers now.
Yellow, Magnolia, Red-Faced, Blackburnian, Hooded, and the rare Kirtlands Warblers.

Their still in pencil. I like to leave my pencil drawings around the house to look at for a while before I pen them in. helps me keep a solid perspective and catch any mistakes hiding in plane sight like they often do for me.

Hollow Hawk

Hollow Hawk

I’ve worked on this one throughout the week. Finishing it this afternoon. My soundtrack was the Grateful Dead from the County Coliseum in El Paso, TX 11/23/73. Click the picture for a link to a soundboard copy of the show.

I made a Barn owl in a similar fashion a few months back, I liked that result so I went for a raptor. I title it as a hawk, but it has more golden eagle traits.

Something I enjoy about both drawing birds and listening to music (Grateful Dead) is there is a deep well of inspiration.
Raptors and song birds, dead shows from 73 or 89.
warblers and crows, Dead from the Cow Palace in 74.
You get the point.

I frequent Archive.org a lot largely for Grateful Dead family bands but also I find new bands all the time.

Sun so hot, clouds so low, the eagles filled the sky…

Bird skull process

Bird skull process

A friend suggested I draw a bird skeleton. I like the idea and figured I’d best start with the head. This is a 16×20 pen and watercolor pencil drawing. I worked on it over a week. Drawing pictures is a good distraction for me. A day or two before starting this drawing my bicycle beat me up (I’ll get to my roller-coaster relationship with cycling later) I had some bruised ribs and a sore shoulder so I just focused my energy on drawing this skull and it helped keep myself in check.

Antelope of sorts

Antelope of sorts

Drawn from memory after looking through pictures of different deer, antelope, and bison skulls. Antelope make me think of grasslands. I spent a few good summers working on prairie restoration projects around Kane county, IL. There really is nothing like the grasslands, the soundtrack of millions of birds and insects. It really buries you especially when the grass grows 8 feet tall. No Antelopes on my Illinois prairies, but this drawing takes me there anyway.

A plate of warblers

A plate of warblers

This would be my very first blog post ever. Given such, it’s probably best I start with a bird drawing. I plan on using this medium to share my expierences with the subjects of science, art, literature, and music. (Birds,drawings of birds, good books and the Grateful Dead). Welcome to my tiny corner of the internet. Thanks for stopping by.
-Ben