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Owl in Black Ink

Last night I did some exploratory drawings of a barred owl, using pencil and black ink applied by brush.

At first glance, the shape of the owl is very simple. So simple, that it’s a bit of a challenge to get it down.

When I look at the details, there is so much complexity in the feathers and the branches and leaves behind the bird. That part was really fun: choosing and playing with the black marks that slowly begin to give the drawing it’s character.

Here are my first couple charcoal sketches (photos were taken today in the sun – clearly!):

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Some quick searching ink drawings:

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In one of my last drawings of the evening I did a pencil sketch under the ink to block in the shapes and composition.

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