Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 10 votes, 5.00 average.
Old Friday 2nd December 2011, 07:54   #501
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Western Screech Owl and Cooper's Hawk

Wow, I can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted in the forum. I have been doing mostly small oil painting and miscellaneous sketching, but still have done some birds. The first one here is a pen and ink piece of a Western Screech Owl from a reference photo. I opted to leave it unfinished, at least for now. The second page is in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook, also done in pen and ink. Yesterday this Cooper's Hawk came roaring into the yard trying to pick off one of the birds that frequent our feeders. On this particular trip, it didn't succeed, but not from lack of trying. It sat for a few minutes in a small tree only about 30 feet from our kitchen window, allowing me to snap some great reference photos with the bird intently scanning this way and that. The Cooper's Hawk page took about an hour in total.

Click image for larger version

Name:	105-0450-PAN-WScreechOwlSketch-Oct17,11.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	171.5 KB
ID:	359164Click image for larger version

Name:	105-0673-COHAinBackyard-Dec1,11.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	212.5 KB
ID:	359165
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 2nd December 2011, 16:53   #502
timwootton
Registered User
 
timwootton's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Orkney
Posts: 8,657
Terrific work John - the owl is wonderful and the bottom right Cooper's is beautifully balanced and full of savage menace. Excellent!
timwootton is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 3rd December 2011, 08:12   #503
RussB
Going for Gold
 
RussB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South Yorkshire, England
Posts: 805
The owl is coming on a treat, John. You've captured that expression perfectly. I'd very much lke to see the finished article.

Russ
RussB is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 4th December 2011, 07:08   #504
colleenc
Registered User
 
colleenc's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,835
Blog Entries: 10
great work John your lines are starting to really have life
__________________
my website
myblog

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
colleenc is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2009 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Sunday 4th December 2011, 13:31   #505
solitaryVSong
Registered User
 
solitaryVSong's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posts: 3,148
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussB View Post
The owl is coming on a treat, John. You've captured that expression perfectly. I'd very much lke to see the finished article.

Russ
I'm with Russ on finishing this one. It's very rich so far. And those Cooper's sketches look very believable, with the head in various positions scouting for prey.

I could have sworn we had one yesterday as there wasn't a bird in sight at our backyard feeders. Now is the time we start seeing them regularly.
__________________
Art website: Ken Januski Artist on Facebook

Art, birds and nature blog: http://kenjanuski@blogspot.com
solitaryVSong is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 5th December 2011, 13:46   #506
Lykos
Registered User
 
Lykos's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pulheim
Posts: 1,203
Blog Entries: 1
love both sketches
__________________
kind regards Gaby

http://lykos1003.cabanova.com/
Lykos is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 5th December 2011, 22:40   #507
ed keeble
Registered User
 
ed keeble's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: suffolk
Posts: 3,004
those two sheets screech owl and cooper's look great

especially that Cooper's toe turned and just resting on the branch: its so tempting to put mighty effort into making every drawn raptor toe visibly gripping the branch, with result that you can forget that the bird itself is often quite happy with just a couple of toes' worth of grip and the rest just chilling
__________________
Ed K
ed keeble is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 19:30   #508
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Rainbow Lorikeet

Hi folks,

Here is my most recent bird piece - a Rainbow Lorikeet and banksia (I'm told that's what it is, anyway) flower. I had sketched this in pencil a couple nights ago with the TV on in the background and set it aside to paint later. Later turned out to be yesterday while I was tending my paintings table at a local holiday bazaar where I decided to see if I could sell any of my smaller plein air landscape pieces. (Pleasantly surprised to have sold four, although they were priced quite reasonably, being unframed and more studies than anything else.) This is watercolor, about 10 x 7 inches, with bits of sepia pen work added for some detail after the watercolor. Also I used pigmented white opaque ink to add some detail in the bird's head, and the 'fuzz' on the flower.

Click image for larger version

Name:	105-0699-LorikeetFromWCPenAndInk-Dec10,11.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	228.7 KB
ID:	360405
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 19:34   #509
colleenc
Registered User
 
colleenc's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,835
Blog Entries: 10
nice free use of the water color here
__________________
my website
myblog

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
colleenc is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2009 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 12th December 2011, 00:17   #510
Bigshent
Biddulph Birder
 
Bigshent's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: STAFFORDSHIRE
Posts: 645
I love it fella sorry I cant go into more detail I don't have enough knowledge of artwork I just think it would look great on my wall

Last edited by Bigshent : Monday 12th December 2011 at 00:24.
Bigshent is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 12th December 2011, 13:32   #511
ARTHUR BISHOP
Registered User
 
ARTHUR BISHOP's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WEYBOURNE, NORFOLK
Posts: 3,925
nice work here john
__________________
Visit my Gallery
ARTHUR BISHOP is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 13th December 2011, 13:52   #512
Lykos
Registered User
 
Lykos's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pulheim
Posts: 1,203
Blog Entries: 1
the parrot is amazing
__________________
kind regards Gaby

http://lykos1003.cabanova.com/
Lykos is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 09:08   #513
Woody
Registered User
 
Woody's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kent
Posts: 4,688
Love that back yard hawk. I get sparrowhawks so rarel in my garden that it's always a big thrill to see them. Pity they never seem to hang about long enough for sketching like yours!

Mike
__________________
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Honore de Balzac

http://www.wildlifeart1.co.uk/
http://thescolopaxchronicles.blogspot.com/
Woody is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 13:12   #514
mattybohan
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: lansing, MI
Posts: 452
The screech owl is very nice!
mattybohan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 14:33   #515
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Thanks Colleen, Paul, Arthur, Gaby, Mike and Matty! And a Merry Christmas to everyone as well!
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 22nd December 2011, 16:23   #516
solitaryVSong
Registered User
 
solitaryVSong's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posts: 3,148
Quote:
Originally Posted by JTMB View Post
And a Merry Christmas to everyone as well!
Same to you John. Looking forward to seeing your work in the new year.
__________________
Art website: Ken Januski Artist on Facebook

Art, birds and nature blog: http://kenjanuski@blogspot.com
solitaryVSong is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th January 2012, 17:06   #517
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Great Gray Owl, watercolor

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! (belatedly)

I need to get cranking on some more birds and wildlife...been spending much of my time working on portrait sketching and drawing, to try to improve my overall drawing ability. Plus, am taking several more classes over the next few months, so having to pick and choose where to spend serious work time.

Here is a watercolor sketch (about A4 in size) I did before the holidays but realized that I hadn't posted. It was done fairly quickly from a reference photo (I've tried multiple times to find one of these birds in the wild in the very short time and geographically small window in which they're possible in our state, without success so far) - one of these days hopefully.

Haven't decided what, if anything to do with the background yet, since I didn't do this one with the intention of a finished piece. Another nitpick that for now at least I've decided to leave as is...the eyes are two orange for the species, they should be a cooler and paler yellow. At least, that's what I see in the references...!

Click image for larger version

Name:	105-0806-GreatGrayOwlWDEonWC-Dec24,11.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	187.2 KB
ID:	364576
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th January 2012, 17:24   #518
colleenc
Registered User
 
colleenc's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,835
Blog Entries: 10
have spotted you on Larry's thread over at WC...way to go John you are really going for it...look at this compared to your first year and you can see how far you've come.
__________________
my website
myblog

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
colleenc is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2009 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th January 2012, 18:02   #519
solitaryVSong
Registered User
 
solitaryVSong's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posts: 3,148
Quote:
Originally Posted by colleenc View Post
have spotted you on Larry's thread over at WC...way to go John you are really going for it...look at this compared to your first year and you can see how far you've come.

Amazing progress John. I'd be tempted to leave this one just as is and worry about backgrounds in future works. Sometimes it's good to just stop while you have something that you're very happy with.

Since I never see owls I have no idea about your nitpicks regarding eye color.
__________________
Art website: Ken Januski Artist on Facebook

Art, birds and nature blog: http://kenjanuski@blogspot.com
solitaryVSong is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 13th January 2012, 09:35   #520
ed keeble
Registered User
 
ed keeble's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: suffolk
Posts: 3,004
Quote:
Originally Posted by solitaryVSong View Post
Amazing progress John. I'd be tempted to leave this one just as is and worry about backgrounds in future works. Sometimes it's good to just stop while you have something that you're very happy with.

Since I never see owls I have no idea about your nitpicks regarding eye color.
happy new year

another vote for the less-is-more approach and leaving the background where is

you could just try colour shifting the eyes form orangey to lemon yellow on the computer- with the scanned and tweaked digi version then becoming the master
__________________
Ed K
ed keeble is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 14th January 2012, 00:44   #521
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Thanks Colleen, Ken, Ed and Newbird!

I reorganized my office/studio over the last few days and paged through some of my older sketchbooks - it is fun to see that progress has been made, although looking at some of my first attempts was pretty painful!
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 14th January 2012, 08:33   #522
ARTHUR BISHOP
Registered User
 
ARTHUR BISHOP's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WEYBOURNE, NORFOLK
Posts: 3,925
love that owl john
__________________
Visit my Gallery
ARTHUR BISHOP is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 19th January 2012, 18:12   #523
Lykos
Registered User
 
Lykos's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pulheim
Posts: 1,203
Blog Entries: 1
agree with Arthur..love the owl...she has something special
__________________
kind regards Gaby

http://lykos1003.cabanova.com/
Lykos is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 23rd January 2012, 03:08   #524
JTMB
Registered User
 
JTMB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 991
Thanks Arthur and Gaby!
__________________
John
Olympia, WA
USA
www.johntubbsart.com
JTMB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 23rd January 2012, 19:01   #525
RussB
Going for Gold
 
RussB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South Yorkshire, England
Posts: 805
Very nice owl there John. I take it's Great Grey? The subtle plumage patterns look very convincing, well done! Personally, the eyes seem a tad too orange to me. Not that I've ever seen such a stonking bird in the wild! I'm sure a bit of yellow goache would lighten them up a bit, though. To make the bird stand out, perhaps you could just suggest a background of trees with a bit of 'wet in wet', but keep things very, very subtle.
Don't ruin good work, though. Please continue to consult the artists on here. It might sound like I know what I'm talking about!

Russ
RussB is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Montana Bird Art sfrissell Wildlife Art 142 Friday 25th February 2011 04:46
Bird art, an investment or not ? Birdspotter Birds & Birding 8 Tuesday 11th April 2006 08:38
A different kind of bird art RichUK Birds & Birding 11 Monday 31st May 2004 23:09
Bird Art ID weather Bird Forum Fun Quizzes 10 Tuesday 4th May 2004 13:15

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.22451901 seconds with 36 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 07:24.