Drawing is both an artist expression and a way to understand and study the subject of the art. In this case, using some photos I took at some various zoos, I did studies of two species of rhinoceros. The head studies of the black rhino really helped me get proportions and details correct with each attempt. I usually do these sketches in pencil or pen, but here I use washes of Indian ink on paper. This is a slower process, but the result was very satisfying. Colored versions of the Greater One-horned rhino and baby can be purchased here. And the Black rhino head study can be purchased here.
The Ornate hawk-eagle is one of my favorite birds of prey. They can be found in southern Mexico and into central and south America. This particular bird has been on my list to paint for some time. I took some reference photos of the Ornate hawk-eagle at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise ID. I used India ink, acrylic washes and some metallic acrylic paint on paper to create this illustration. This will not be my last illustration of this subject.
It has been a while since I’ve pulled out the paints and brushes. It takes a bit of time to get the feeling of the brush and control of ink and paint. Which is why you see two versions of this painting. The goal was to create an artwork to celebrate a volunteer who has been with HawkQuest Inc. for twenty years. This piece was also a chance to memorialize one of their animal ambassadors who passed away this year. A very sweet little Barred owl named Shakespear. You can learn more about HawkQuest here.
These are some of my first wildlife work to use some metallic paints. This provides some nice highlights and luster to the originals that can’t be easily reproduced in prints.
This painting of a female American Kestrel, the smallest falcon we have in North America, is “puffed up” on a cold winter morning. This painting is my annual contribution to the HawkQuest holiday party. HawkQuest a wonderful environmental education outreach organization based in Parker, Colorado. A nonprofit with 35 non-releasable birds-of-prey which are used to educate the public about the role of raptors in the ecosystem and environmental stewardship. I’ve been a volunteer with HawkQuest for fifteen years now, and every year one of my paintings becomes a gift to a lucky volunteer. HawkQuest’s female kestrel is named Melody, the Kanji on the right says “Cold Melody”.
These two paintings of a Peregrine Falcon are a gift the HawkQuest a wonderful environmental education outreach organization based in Parker, Colorado. I’ve been a volunteer with HawkQuest for thirteen years now, and every year one of my paintings becomes a gift to a lucky volunteer. These two paintings memorialize the male Peregrine Falcon that had passed away this year. The painting on the left is how the staff of HawQuest would like to remember him, in flight while being exercised. The painting on the right will be given away during the holiday party to a volunteer.
HawkQuest is nonprofit with 35 non-releasable birds-of-prey which are used to educate the public about the role of Raptors in the ecosystem and environmental stewardship. Please consider making a donation to HawkQuest during Colorado gives day on December 10th. Your donation is tax deductable. Click here to donate.