Glad to see you here again.
Saturday’s Blog a new technique, right?
Well, Bank Holiday Monday Dave and I
went to Herstmonceux Castle, to a Medieval Festival.
It was fascinating, especially the owls!
The guy presenting the birds was a mine of information,
and it was very enlightening to learn about the many fallacies we have been fed about them.
Did you know that a group of owls is called a
Parliament, a wisdom, a bazaar or a study?
And baby owls are called Owlets. I love that!
They’ve even named an owl after me!
Yes the Great Gray Owl is one of the largest in the world...
Owls’ eyes only point forwards.
They can’t move their eyes in their sockets at all;
instead, owls can move their heads round 270º .
I must have been an owl in a past life,
because Grace and Mark always swore I had eyes in the back of my head when they were kids!!
When I was a kid, my Grandad taught me how to draw eyes.
Human eyes, cat’s eyes.
Actually, he taught me how to draw a lot of things!
Eyes, faces, hands.
He wasn’t able to go to art college in those days,
because they couldn’t afford the uniform,
so he was self-taught. But very talented.
So today I thought I would take a leaf out of our colouring book,
the Owl leaf.
And focus just on the eyes.
Let’s warm up with the colouring pencils first....
I use these...
Spectrum Noir Colourblend.
(work well on parchment too)
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and I use these.
Expensive, but very good.
So let’s put down a light coat, just to warm up and get focussed.
Our darling Mel drew these owls.
The lineart is beautiful, quite stylised.
I want to show you how you can transform this funky style
into something much more real.
A light grey around the outer rim.
Black in the centre.
But - and this is the key - leave a large white fleck in the top left area. This denotes the light reflection.
Sharpen your black pencil.
It’s time to add the outer colour using light pencil flicks from the inner line.
Add a whisper of orange in the same area.
Step back and check for realism.
Slowly slowly catchee Owlie...
I just went back and forth between light and dark
until he stared me out!
And thus ends the Owl Eyes colouring session.
If Eye had more time Eye would carry on!
Bet my Grandad would have loved our colouring book.
I think what I like is that you can colour it in for fun and funky.
But you can also use the exceptional and ultra fine lineart
to learn and to improve your colouring.
Don’t forget to leave an uplifting comment,
to be in with a chance to win yesterday’s wonderful
Rose Artwork by Dee.
Know any Owl Jokes?
Q: How do you know that owls are cleverer than chickens?
A: Have you ever heard of Kentucky Fried Owl?
Hahahaha! What a hoot!
Groans, takes a bow and exits stage left...