Wanted to do something special for a friend and made her a mixed medium drawing of one of her favorite birds….a red-tailed hawk. Started with a light pencil drawing. The lines were strengthened with Indian ink and color was added with watercolor. Tried to keep the drawing simple and the lines clean.
Birds are a challenging subject matter. Practicing ones drawing skills is a must for a good drawing….but studying and experiencing birds in the wild helps one to go beyond just the technicality of capturing a bird on paper. Getting a sense of the bird’s character is just as important to getting a pleasing drawing.
The park where I work is full of red-tailed hawks. I love hearing them call to each other as they circle over head. Ya know it is going to be a special day when we spot a hawk….