When I have an idea that needs to be fined tuned, I do graphite sketches. Some of these are quick studies to work on proportions. Other drawings are done focusing on details, the pattern in the feathers or bark of a tree, the shape of the eye, leaves, even pods. Some ask why do these sketches why not just start painting? The more I look at an image live or in photographs the better I connect to the general shape and smallest of details. There have been times I like the sketch better than the finished painting.
Today's post for 30-30 is a Red-Tailed Hawk. I posted a previous hawk, that I believe is a Harris Hawk. They are similar and in a graphite sketch of mainly the head not as easy to tell apart. I need to work on my research for a later post on the different patterns and colors of hawks. Till then here are my studies.
|Day 8 Red Tailed Hawk graphite study|
|Day 3 Harris Hawk graphite study|