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Barred Owl

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby PogArt » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:47 pm

It's coming so nicely Laurene, I'm not surpriced ;)
As you know , the owl's pose was already the winning key on your drawing ;)
The rest seems to compliment it even further ;)
The detailed work needs time.
I noticed it now on my fox drawing...
I thought I can move on the bottom part of that kit today, but instead of that, I spent hours reworking the fur on the head?
At first expression I thought pastel drawings are quicker than graphite... do you remember ? ;)
Well ;)
I'm taking back my words
Lol ;)
When it comes to detailed work, you can't cheat ;)
You have to spent as much time as you need to get it done the way you like ;)
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Garry » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:43 am

Looking good Laurene my only critique would be, and it may just be the scan or you haven't got to it yet. Is that the shadow under the bird on the branch seems a bit light.
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Laurene » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:46 pm

Thank you Arthur and Garry.

Arthur, you said
You have to spent as much time as you need to get it done the way you like
and I completely agree with you. I actually enjoy the process of building up detail slowly.

Garry, yes the branch does definitely need more work. I do tend to work back and forth as a drawing progresses and the branch still needs more work. There's one more important leaf to come. It's in the upper left hand quadrant and gives the owl something to look directly at. Then there will be some graphite powder work to do (unless I change my mind before then :lol: )

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby drkangas » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:49 am

The tree bark much be interesting drawing. Looks really nice!

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby kirants » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:03 am

shaping up well, Laurene. The tree bark is nicely rendered. Looking forward to all that foliage.

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Laurene » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:22 am

Thanks drkansas and Kiran. I'm calling this done now.

Kiran, I tried something different this time. I'm using just a few leaves to suggest a habitat for the owl, as well as a path for the eye to follow through the drawing. Other than that, I just used a smoky/hazy background to balance the angle of the branch and to suggest a foggy, autumn day. Now that I see it, I hope that background isn't too dark.
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby PogArt » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:25 pm

Hi Laurene ;)
All you've said Laurene is making good sense to me.
The leaves, the owl interesting pose, and the part of background that's darker, is giving me kind of expression/imagination of some bad weather oncoming, like the stronger wind for example,even more, it's nicely accented by falling leaves around the bird...
The Owl then, predicting oncoming wearher change, is looking around in kind of a fear, watching the falling leaves, and making her mind up, whether to leave now this branch or not yet ;)
I love this drawing ;)
Congratulation !!!
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Laurene » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:19 am

Thanks so much Arthur. I'm happy that my drawing suggests a story to you because I was hoping to recreate a certain mood that I felt when I took the reference photo.

It was a cold windy fall day and the owl was so hypnotised by the falling leaves that he completely ignored me while I took picture after picture. He looked like he could have stayed there all day watching those twisting, twirling leaves!

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby PogArt » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:54 am

I wish I could be so lucky every time I try to take a photo of a birds ;)
It had to be a very magic moment Laurene!
Congratulation ;)
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby kirants » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:23 am

Terrific finish, Laurene. The suggestion of falling leaves and the turned head are enough to complete the picture of the scene.

Super drawing !!

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Laurene » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:40 pm

Thanks Kiran!

I played around with leaf placement a long time before deciding on this pattern so I'm glad to hear that it works for you. I also chose a striped maple as the tree because the leaves can be quite large which makes the owl seem smaller and more vulnerable I think.

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Re: Barred Owl

Postby lmweil » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:11 am

I like the way the leaf/leaves almost blend into the Owls' feather striations. NICE. ;)
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Re: Barred Owl

Postby Laurene » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:35 pm

Thanks Linda! :)

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