Draw a Bird Day January

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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.

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  1. WOW!! wait… not done… Whoa! Whoa! Wowser!! Okay, I’ve pulled myself together now… this is amazing Myr! The detail is incredible. The eyes are amazing and the feet are so intricately rendered (I struggle with those a lot). Fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Wow! Thanks Charlie :-). What a delightfully enthusiastic compliment! I think the feet were my favorite part… all those little bumps. I did redraw them a few times though.

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  2. The eyes speak. Lovely drawing.

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    1. Thanks Sherry :-). I stared into those eyes a long time! I ended up naming the owl.

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  3. Wow! Holy cow! Fantastic! Spectacular! and the eyes. Really good.

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    1. Aw, thanks Kirk :-). I appreciate all your exclamations!

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  4. Looks like an etching. Absolutely beautiful job. N.

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  5. Wowza! Way to go Myr. Extraordinary !!!

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  6. Amazing drawing! I love owls. Those eyes are incredible. (K)

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    1. Thanks Kerfe :-)! I practiced drawing the eyes on their own a few times to get a feel for them.

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  7. Omg, Myriam! You need to start showing your art in galleries! This is so gorgeous!! I can imagine doing such great details…and I don’t. LOL! Love this!

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    1. Thanks Teresa :-)! You’re so sweet! Working on one bird for many days was a first for me. I may try it again.

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      1. I’m not just being sweet; it’s true you have some serious talent! Yes, please do try it again. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’•

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  8. Oh my this is superb! Frame it!!

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    1. Thanks Deborah :-)! I might…

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  9. Wow, this is really amazing. So much detail! Love it!

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  10. […] night I noticed over on the blogs Create art everyday and Myr’s Bytes that today would be draw a bird day, and as you can see they already have theirs […]

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  11. Very impressive, you have quite the talent! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful in detail.

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    1. Thanks Eliza :-)! I have a bit of trouble sitting down to draw though (I like moving around). Drawing takes a lot of practice. Oh well!

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  12. WOWZA! This is so AWESOME! Love all the details – I’m so impressed!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Wow! Thanks for the wonderfully exuberant compliment Jill! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Lol! You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  13. Love this! From the beautiful eyes to the detail of the toes and even the lovely branch and of course, all the fine feathery attention to detail in between. Should be framed and admired daily. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty.

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    1. Thanks for your compliments Haunani :-). I’ll ask Olivia (the owl) if she (or he?) would like to be admired daily ;-).

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  14. Very nice. I could find room for improvement. But, everyone else is so enthusiastic. So, I will just sit and smile, too. ๐Ÿ˜€ hehe As others say, plenty of detail which even I fail to include.

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    1. Thanks :-). Way to go with the flow of contagious enthusiasm!

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  15. And she does it again! WOO!!! Pretty amazing stuff here, my friend. Holy goodness, you really do need to do something with your artistic talent. Can you imagine what would happen if you really focused on this???? You’d be flying around the room and taking all of us with you! Such piercing eyes and fine detail. Even the branch looks good! Roll on, Wild Crazy Owl Lady! โค

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    1. Woo! Aw you’re sweet :-). Thanks Laura. I did finally buy some Polychromos color pencils!!! But I haven’t used them yet. But soon… Lately I’ve been choosing movies over drawing. Oh, I’m starting a weekly watercolor class this week! I think that will be motivating.

      Never thought of myself as a Crazy Owl Lady. But it sounds like a cool alternative to Crazy Cat Lady. I like it! I did meet a self-described crazy bird lady at the store the other day. She eats her meals with one cockatoo and two cockatiels. Reminded me of Julie Zickefoose.

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  16. Great sketch! Love the detail.

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  17. Wow! Love all the details.

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  18. Such a great one !!!

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    1. Thank you! It was my first time looking closely at the details of eyes, feathers, talons and branches. I find it interesting that there are so many details I don’t notice unless I draw them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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