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!):
Some quick searching ink drawings:
In one of my last drawings of the evening I did a pencil sketch under the ink to block in the shapes and composition.