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.
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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It was fun to practice a bird illustration with my Copic Markers. This is a Red-Winged Black bird hunched down on top of a Sorghum plant. When using the darker marker hues on the bird, I was careful to include lighter highlights. Also, when I added the first gold marker to the background, the value was too light. I decided to add a taupe marker right on top. This created a better value against the bird and the two different marker hues added more interest to the background.