Hello Instagram friends, colored pencil artists and random Google surfers, a very happy Friday to you all. The sun is shining here (when isn't it?), my chores, exercise, wheat grinding (by hand) and ice cream making are all done for the day and l am about to spend the day working on an Eagle Owl's face. But to tell you the truth, l am skiving and writing this blog instead because l am seriously struggling. Both my patience and my eyesight are being tested to the limit. I am having to strain my eyes sooo hard to pick out all the details on the bark and the feathers. My eyesight is not the best and my powers of observation can be worse. This is how bad it can be, recently l was using a tooth pick that kept breaking. I said to my husband, 'these tooth picks are not very good, they keep breaking,', he said, 'that's because it is not a tooth pick you are using, it's a noodle!'. In fairness to me, it was a very thin buckwheat soba noodle that looked for all the world like a tooth pick except for the pointy end. (In case you are ever in need of a tooth pick, l would not recommend noodles as substitutes. They don't work very well. But you get the point, l don't see that well).
The temptation to put this piece behind the cupboard of no return is great. The only thing stopping me is that l love the reference photo and have a kind of grim determination not to be beaten. But it is taking a very long time. I did however take photos as l drew these eyes and l have added a step by step tutorial of how to draw owl eyes to my tips page, so l will add the link at the end of this post.
ln the shot below you can see that the eyes are nearly complete and this is the stage that my tutorial takes you to. I can't really take later shots because the things that l do after this are so minute and random.
I always do the eyes first because to me they are the most important feature and l like to work on them every day. I might add more colours, or marks or definition. You can see in the shot below that l have begun to add the tree bark and it is this that is really straining my eyes. The reference photo is not ever so sharp here and l have to spend ages looking and trying to work out what is going on, and for a girl that can't tell the difference between a noodle and a tooth pick that can be quite a challenge!
Anyway l know l have been slacking for long enough this morning, l would much rather talk to you, but l need to get going if l am to complete this piece anywhere near to schedule. Yes, l set schedules because that keeps me focused. I know this piece will be at least a day over. Two if l carry on talking! Have a wonderful weekend, happy drawing to you all.