Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I did this after watching an episodeof "Wild America." It showed a long drawn out chase with a lynx and a hare. It was amazing to see the ability of both animals, both as predator and prey. The hare ended up escaping but what a chase! Those "snow shoes" on the hare really do work, just amazing.
When Im out flying my hawk and watching her hunt, its the misses I enjoy the most. When she gets outwitted, the show is usually spectacular. Her manuevers thru the air and the amazing stoops are unbelievable.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This kind of sketching is sort of a meditating for me. Every animal has its own characteristics, some very challenging. These types of excersizes are great to get your hand eye coordination in check. I try and seperate my work from my fun time at home by varying what I draw. SciFi fantasy stuff at work and something diffrent at home. Usually the something diffrent is wildlife or outside observations.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I did this sketch and several other sketches of golden eagles before going for the final drawing on the eaglers fist. Luckily I snapped several photos of goldens at several locations to reference from. I was emailed later by a friend who pointed out some distinct features on eagles from diffrent locations around the world. Basically they are very similar and only people really intrested in the subject would note the diffrences.
This was done with markers, inks, white pencil and white out. I really love the Derwent "chinese white" on this toned paper but I think recently they are feeling diffrent. Not very happy with the new "formula" for the white lead.
I practice the art of Falconry and have been fascinated by birds of prey since about the third grade, thanks in part to a book called My Side of the Mountain.
On the Steppes of Mongolia the art of Falconry has been practiced using eagles. These hunters still use the same techniques and equiptment their ancestors used. Eagle Dreams written by Steve Bodio, is a fantastic book on the subject.
This is a piece I did on one of these great fascinating hunters.