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Eagles in Coloured Pencil

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Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Bev » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:29 pm

This is what I have been working on after a long time of not doing wildlife.
This is a commission for my Canadian sister in law, these eagle would nest above the family home on Vancouver Island every year.
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos
Paper: Fabrianno Artistich HP watercolour 300gsm
Size: 9" x 16"
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby PogArt » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:08 pm

Honesty?
Bev?
Are you sure, you haven't posted the ref. photo?
AMAZING !
I can feel indeed like the Sun light is touching the tree and the birds feathers, and yet all the details are crisp sharp and full of juicy colour !!!
Wow Bev.... ;)
I'm making note of the pencils you've used and the paper... ;)
I love this drawing, it's so real and so juicy ;)
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Laurene » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:11 am

Lovely work as always Bev!

There's so much that caught my eye in your drawing. The texture of the bark picks up the texture of the back feathers. The vertical position of the main tree trunk and the horizontal position of the branch create tension which we also see in the eagles who have spotted their prey in the distance. I think that the fact that you posed the birds on a dead tree devoid of leaves keeps us sharply focused on the eagles. The colour palette is limited too, which I like. The blue of the sky make the yellow of the beaks and eyes pop. I have to say that the gradation of the sky from dark to light is flawless - it looks just like a watercolour wash!

(And the fact that there's a Canadian connection is a bonus!!! :D )

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Bev » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:07 pm

Aw Thank you Artur, you make me blush.
Thank you Laurene, for you very kind comments. You always manage to pick up on what I cant verbalise, and put it so it makes sense. I just tend to feel my way around a drawing and hope that if it feels right then it probably is. Doesn't always work though.
I have a second commission to do of one of the parent birds bringing a fish to the chick. I hope it turns out as good.
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Laurene » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:19 pm

Well, I learned most of what I know about composition from studying your work, and Mike's and Linda's. You were always very generous in answering my questions.
Last spring I followed a nesting pair of bald eagles on a webcam. I took lots and lots of screenshots so if you need any references for the eaglets or the parents or even for the nest or the prey items (especially fish), just let me know!

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Bev » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:25 pm

:D well you were a very attentive student then Laurene ;) I am not that great at describing what I am doing, I never made a good teacher :? But thank you never the less.
Thank you for the offer Laurene, hopefully I will have enough refs to put it together. Apparently this pair nested in the same tree for many years and as you could climb up behind my sister in law's house the photographers could get above the nest and get some great shots. They gave my S in L's family loads of photos for their use in thanks for letting them onto the property. As the house is now to be sold, she decided prints of my drawings would make great presents for the family to remember the old house by.
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Rob Bristow » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:29 pm

Its a winner Bev

I just watch your work improve everytime. The colours are so rich its a true magical piece.

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Bev » Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:57 am

Thanks Rob :)

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby kennyc » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:24 am

Wonderful Bev! I love it!
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Garry » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:15 am

Makes me want to get into colour, well done Bev.
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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby danluc » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:57 pm

Your eagles are wonderful Bev!
The colours are superb and details are amazing.
I've always been fascinated by drawing with colored pencils and I have to say that you are really a master in that.

Wonderful

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby Bev » Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:22 pm

Thank you Kenny, Garry and Daniele, your comments mean a great deal.
Daniele, I started out using coloured pencils some 30 years ago, so have had plenty of practice. I had a bit of a learning curve when I tried graphite pencils, with no colour, but this really helped me with tone, and made me really look at what I was doing. I think the two mediums are good companions.

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Re: Eagles in Coloured Pencil

Postby lauriemcg » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:37 pm

Love this Bev. Texture everywhere. Love seeing your work and getting all sorts of inspiration :-)

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