A study of a tawny eagle named Keela.
Eagles have got to be one of my favourites birds of prey easily. When they are in flight, they have such control and their vision is remarkable. It’s no wonder they are used in leadership posters and as mythical creatures such as gryphons.
Scribbled Tawny Eagle Sketch
As you can probably guess, I don’t have a lot of time to paint so I do it in sections. This one took 10 seconds as it was a literal scribble.
The bright side to quick scribbles is the opportunity to correct the form before I even start painting, so I don’t mind having less time to paint.
This is my alternative to using shapes and construction lines as sometimes it just seems a bit overkill to use them.
The most time for this painting was used on polishing the sketch. As you can see, it’s much improved since the scribble above!
There is something about an eagle’s face that makes them look devious or angry. I wanted to capture this in Keela’s eye.
I tried something new this time and painted the lights and shadows of the bird before painting. It didn’t go as planned but I learned to control my pen strokes a bit better.
Next time I might try and paint in greyscale and add colour to the layers individually to see if this works out. I do need to sharpen my shading though, it looked far too soft.
Starting off with a soft brush I picked colours from my photo reference and started to form the feathers. I then painted over those in a soft-edge brush to deepen the colour.
The colours were too saturated compared to my photo reference so I duplicated my colour layer and set it to overlay to give me a richer colour. I used a sharper-edged brush to paint over the feathers again and kept working it until I was happy with the shape and used a soft brush to blend the feathers a bit and reduced the opacity of the sketch layer before adding the shaded layer behind it.
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