Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Can't Resist Those Red Feet

The beautiful Red Footed Falcon.

I am sharing the steps that I went through while drawing/painting this amazing falcon.

I hope that you fall in love with his beautiful colors as much as I have.

The head was a little too chubby in my first attempt. I did like the feet though.

This one looks much better but i ran out of room for the red feet!

I decided to make use of both drawings and put them together, yet separate.

Like this -

I had to clean it up a bit and darken the lines.
It looks like this now -

And after a little PSE magic, here is the final drawing with digital paint applied.

 Of course the colors I used are a bit bolder than you would find in nature but as an artist, I am allowed that.

(aren't I?)

If so, then I am allowing a background color on this one.

No actual birds were harmed during this exercise.
I know that you are happy that I didn't chop the red feet off of a falcon while drawing this.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Birds of Prey

I decided to do one more bird.

A beautiful raptor, the Osprey.

My husband and I used to see them when we were kayaking.
They are so beautiful, so fierce if you get too close to their nests!

Pen drawing - no corrections.

A little correction with the mighty erasure.

And, my favorite, the color edition.

Shadow on neck is fading out.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Green Jay

 This is the origianl drawing of the Green Jay.
I jotted down the colors for reference.

 Then I added the box around it.

 I scanned the drawing into Photo Shop Elements and erased the color notations.

 Then I added lovely color - the thing that beckons our eyes to turn towards it.

I used a "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds" as my color guide.
And, of course, I used a tiny bit of artistic license with the colors...even though the bird is very bright without my assistance!

Unless I pull out pen and paper again, this is the last of the bird drawings that I have for you. Although I may try my hand at a few raptors...

Thursday, July 2, 2015