skull

Keep myself guessing

Trying to decide where to start on this one reminded me of cleaning my room as a youngster.

It was going to be just an antelope skull but it turned into something I’m still not sure I recognize. It’s a skull for sure but that’s all I can decipher.

I finally chose a corner and let it follow it self through.

The pencil work unfolded last week when I had just finished a large hawk portrait.

The pencil work unfolded last week when I had just finished a large hawk portrait.

I did the pen work tonight. Working with the grain made some of the lines difficult to darken but several passes with the pen brought it around.

I did the pen work tonight. Working with the grain made some of the lines difficult to darken but several passes with the pen brought it around.

The details emerged from their hiding places like they do.

The details emerged from their hiding places like they do.

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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.

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.