Sanhill Crane Quartet

Sanhill Crane Quartet
OIl on 18x24 inch canvas

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017


This week I used pastel pencils to create a beautiful Jay...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Birds of Prey

I've added two more birds to my collection, an African Eagle Owl and a White Headed Vulture. I used Derwent Inktense for both.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Red Tail Hawk

The following are progressive photos of pastel drawing of the Red Tail Hawk.
I began drawing the outlline with a white pastel pencil on blue pastel paper. Then I drew in and painted the eye with pastel pencils.

I built up greater detail around the eye by rubbing in the pastel from the black pencil.

I moved on the the outer eye, the top of the head and the beginning of the beak layin in the base color of the bird while adding the first of the highlights.

And the beak is complete.

I have layed out the base color and indications of feathers.

Here I have begun to build up the red coat of the hawk.

The hawk is nearly done. It's just a matter of touch ups and more highlights.

And here is the final pastel drawing of the Red Tail Hawk.

While I love the image I am not please with the pastel paper. I much preferred working on the smoother gray tone paper. But I like the reddish tones of the hawk against the blue paper. And, I love the way the shadows on the eye build out the ridge over the eye giving the hawk that intense look of the hunter with his target in sight.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Back to Pastel Pencil and Chalk

I did a new portrait of favorite niece doggie, Fiona in charcoal and pastel pencils and remembered how much fun it was so I set about using pastel pencils to do more bird portraits. I'm not giving up Inktense or colored pencils but there are some methods that work best for some subjects.

Here they are:

And here is the Princess Fiona