The Bare-legged Owl is endemic to Cuba. I found this big-eyed, feathered creature in the June 2015 issue of BirdWatching. I wanted to draw a bird from a BIG photograph and I noticed my local library has a small stack of BirdWatching magazines. Perfect!
This is the most detailed bird drawing I’ve created so far. It took me a few hours over a few days. I enjoyed focusing on one feather group at a time – drawing out its overall shape, then examining the feathers and drawing their basic shapes and finally adding the lights and darks of each feather. The eyes and legs were also interesting to examine and bring to life in graphite. I was a little less patient with the branch… but I did convince myself to give it some attention.
The lovely and talented Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness are hosting Draw a Bird Day this month.