AND YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB with the OWL!!! WOW!
Thank you Lin. To me it appears rather flat and lifeless. I know it has something to do with shading and tone. I am going to print a few copies and try 'til I am satisfied.
Wonderful work on this!
Thisowl is just fabulous!!
Thanks Lin, Teri & Shelly for stopping by and for your encouragement.
Hi - this is my first time at your blog. I think you've made a very good beginning with this owl - and I know exactly what you mean about the difficulties of making a drawing from a photo look as if the subject were alive - it's a well recognised problem amongst illustrators who often have to work form photographic refs. There is no magic solution I'm afraid - except to draw them. I do draw quite a lot of birds and usually use flat reference for worked up pieces, but I sketch birds (rapidly, scruffily and hurriedly) from life a lot. I also observe a lot. Now I'm far from an expert but I think I do manage to capture a sense of the bird's life and character - at least on a good day - and I do think that has a lot to do with the rapid sketches and general observation. It has also to do with simple practise - my first efforts were not so good! But I improve as time goes on. So my suggestion would be to keep going, allow your self the space and time in which to practise without pressure and try to observe and sketch birds from life whenever you can.
Not bad... Yes, I agree, you're shading and tones would help define shape and form to give it a more realistic look. Another thing that would help is the talons.. They look as if they're floating on the tree limb instead of actually gripping it. Other than that, it's a wonderful piece...sisu
I think you did a great job on both the tree and the bird!
I agree with Sarah. Drawing from photos leaves something out, but sometimes you need the reference. When you draw from life, no matter how badly you think your sketches are, you gain knowledge of the figure or animal because of observing it so closely. When I looked at it, overall it's a wonderful drawing. I would put more shading underneath the belly and on the tree limb. If you shade under the talons, it will look less like they are floating. Shading will give it weight and substance. Keep up the great work. For working from a photo, this turned out really well.
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