Great fun working on an illustration of a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. My goal is to create a realistic image and also portray their character. As I am working on an illustration it is helpful for me to learn more about hawks and their behavior. I have multiple field identification guide books for birds. My favorite reference for learning more about their character is Ted Andrew’s book Animal-Speak, The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small. Here is a quote from his book, page 152, “Hawks are one of the most intriguing and mystical of the birds of prey. They are the messengers, the protectors, and the visionaries of the air. Their hunting ability, their eyesight and powerful flights and other behaviors that make them dynamic symbols.” Below is a couple of images showing my drawing process.
First sketch of the hawk.
Finished adding color to the hawk drawing. Playing around with the background and showing the matte.
Scrap paper with the Copic marker color range and noted color tags. It is helpful for me to see the color of the marker on the paper before I use them on the final piece.
I find it beneficial to do a line drawing study, as the first step, when I have a new subject. This is especially true when I am working with birds. The drawing study gives me an opportunity to focus on their shape and proportion along with portraying their unique characteristics. Here are a group of bird drawing studies. The top image is a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, below includes the male Cardinal, the male Pine Warbler, and the male Goldfinch.
Last week I bought a container of daffodils and found time to create an illustration with my fine black markers. It was great fun to add color to the drawing using my Copic markers. I was actually on a phone meeting, with the flowers on my desk, when I completed the first quick sketch to organize how the flowers would fit together.
The drawing below is on marker rendering paper. I started with a light pencil drawing and added the fine line marker on top, erasing the pencil when I was done. Notice the bee started on the left side and then moved to the right in the finished drawing.
Here are the flowers that I used for my visual inspiration.
Here is a 10-minute video that I created for my perspective drawing course this semester that is using the Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing book. It has step by step instructions for drawing a mug shape and adding the mug handle using perspective drawing techniques. Check out the finished drawing below. Enjoy!
3.5 Mug from Stephanie Sipp on Vimeo.
Happy New Year! This year I am challenging myself to create a sketchbook journal with drawings of birds that I am seeing in my area. I have enjoyed bird watching for forty years and look forward to having birds as my sketching and drawing inspiration. Here are a couple of images that I have created to get started. The collage above has an Eastern Screech-Owl and the two birds below are the White-Breasted Nuthatch and the Greater Pewee.
Enjoyed creating my holiday card this year with two North Carolina mountain winter birds, the Carolina Chickadee and the Dark-Eyed Junco. It is fun to have bare winter trees because it makes it easier to see and identify the birds.
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One of the great things about teaching a perspective class is getting the opportunity to practice drawing an interior space. The image above is a visual inspiration from my how to perspective drawing interiors book and has the added finishes and textures. The bottom drawing shows some of the guidelines such as the box on the floor that the chairs are drawn from and the center vanishing point at the right bottom corner of the artwork.