“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver
I decided to draw eyes today, because eggs are boring and I couldn’t conjure up anything else for the letter E. 🙂
Inspired by Carmel at http://carmelcampbell.wordpress.com, I thought I’d try my own eye first, but I wasn’t happy with that one, so I shall try, try again another day.
I found a gorgeous horned owl (because who has a more interesting eye than an owl?), photographed by Sandy Scott. You can find it at paint my photo, which is a terrific site for artists and photographers alike:
I couldn’t resist giving it a try. Had to cover up the first sketch of my eye on the right there, sorry about that.
Here again, I could have spent all morning continuing this one out and just drawing the next layer of feathers, and the next, but alas, the office (not to mention the shower!) beckons. What amazing creatures owls are. Nature continually inspires me; I can’t look out my window or even run errands without wanting to draw something I’ve seen.
This was done with a walnut brown Polychromos colored pencil (by Faber-Castell – German engineering is real, people!) in my 3×5″ HandBook sketch book. I have to once again highly recommend the Polychromos pencils for anyone even remotely interested in exploring that medium. Once I pick one up and start drawing, I never want to stop.
Thanks for checking in with me today. I’ve already found a gorgeous photo of a beautiful creature to draw for the letter F tomorrow. I can’t wait to try it! See you then!