I found this source image where the line of the beak went right in to the line of the eyebrow and it seemed cool and different from I es I’d been studying.
So I drew another couple eagles from that.
And this one. I noticed a curve in that ridge on the beak I wasn’t getting right before. Although I guess each eagle could be different but in the one I noticed the s-curve in a new way to my eye.
I did a 60 second sketch yesterday of a lion and then did a real one tonight and spent idk an hour maybe.
Here’s a few of the making of, and the one of the final version. I used a photo for reference on my iPad (mini), and here’s a similar one of Luke on Flickr.
I always start with the eyes and build out the rest from there.
I like the partially done versions.
For these drawings I added black feathers around the head, which helped to show off the contrast of the white head feathers.
A couple more from my sketchbook.
I’ve only done this once I think, where I made a black background to help make the white head of the eagle stand out…
Recently I saw this person’s drawings that are done with white “ink” on black paper. I found it to be different and really liked their drawings. 😉
I did these 3 drawings a while ago. They’re posted in the order I drew then about a week apart for each.
Normally I draw in pencil, but for these I used a black pen.
With pencil I erase and smudge the drawing. With pen those don’t happen…
Growing up we had a sailboat and this image is what it looked like.
This eagle portrait was not based on a specific source image, and I like the bit of crazy / unkempt it conveys.
I started to use a smaller sketch pad that I got a while ago, I brought it with me to a coffee shop and somewhere else so I could draw more.