Two drawings, but only one got to stick around. The North American kestrels is one really amazing bird. I’ll call it a good day, regardless of the outcome if I spot a Kestrel while about in the world.
I sketched this one out yesterday after finishing the crow/raven. I rather like this approach. I found that some of my earlier attempts at this species looked like pigeons with war paint. Now there’s nothing wrong with a warrior pigeon, just not quite what I was after. However this one rings truer for me anyway.
I don’t think it’s a stretch of the truth to say the Peregrine Falcon is an inspiring animal. While diving they’ve been clocked in at over 200mph/320kph. They look like little fighter jets with eyes and claws. My Father and I spotted a Peregrine on the Morro Bay rock this past weekend. This got me thinking about how to illustrate them in a fashion that shows some of their prowess, strength, and precision.
With sketching birds it’s easy for me to get in a rut of several similar poses back to back. I broke up a series of owl studies with this new-to-me composition. A Peregrine with a fresh kill. I didn’t draw in a background, because I was so startled by the new bird my pencil brought to the page I didn’t want to screw it all up trying to draw in a rock or something stupid like that. I’m going to work more on this sort of layout.
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.
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…