Barn Owl Sketches

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  Barn owl working drawings to show how I experiment and make minor adjustments until I'm happy with the results. View the stages of the drawings as they develop towards the finished picture. Visit my page of owl paintings
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Wildlife Art : Barn owl, Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
 

Hovering Barn Owl

Pencil Sketch
     
Wildlife Art :A pencil sketch of a barn owl,Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
 

Hovering Barn Owl

Pencil Sketch 
     
 

When working up preparatory drawings in the studio there are some shortcut methods that I use to create a strong image.

  • I frequently overlay preliminary sketches with fresh sheets of paper on a light box to redraw the positive lines developed so far. This enables me to efficiently preserve the best elements and take ideas forward.

  • Areas that aren't working are covered up. Fresh pieces of paper with improvements are taped on until the image comes together.
   
Wildlife Art : Barn owl, Tyto alba sketch by Martin Ridley
 

Hovering Barn Owl

Pencil Sketch 
     
 

In the studio I have gathered many sources of reference material to help me understand the finer details of the owl, which include:

  • preserved wings and feathers collected from various dead birds that I have found.

  • filed images; magazine clippings, photos and previous drawings.

  • simple models that I've made to help understand a form in 3D or work out shadows.

Knowledge is the key to my working methods:

  • knowledge of the animal and its behaviour in its natural habitat. (I only really like to paint animal species, which I have studied in the wild)

  • knowledge gained by research

Confidence develops through an understanding of an animal species and allows extra creative freedom.

   
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Wildlife Art : Detail from the painting Hovering Barn Owl. Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
  Hovering Barn Owl
Oil, (detail from the finished painting)
 
     
 

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Wildlife Art : Detail from the painting Hovering Barn Owl, Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
  Hovering Barn Owl
Oil, (detail from the finished painting)
 
     
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