E is for Eagle

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I’d originally planned to draw the eagle eye only….and just kept going with it.  Raptors are so intense!  You can get completely lost in their eyes.    I’ve seen bald eagles in person (though not this close-up, unless you count caged ones), and it really is true what John Denver sings:  “He knows he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly”.  Nature enriches our lives in so many ways.

I couldn’t get the yellow of the beak just right, and admittedly, didn’t really take lots of time to layer yellows and oranges either.  If I try this one again, I’ll definitely block out more time to do it.  I think this one took me by surprise, and if I had not been working in my 3×5″ sketch book and run out of room, who knows what I’d have wound up with.

I’m still taking requests, so if you have a favorite bird, flower or animal, please let me know, and I’ll try and get to it soon.  At this point, I’m not married to my tentative I and J choice, and K, L, N through Q and S through V are open.  Tomorrow I have a bit of a landscape piece planned to change things up a bit.    Hope to see you then!

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