Wildlife Art – Realistic Graphite Pencil Drawing – Barred Owl

Wildlife Art – Realistic Graphite Pencil Drawing – Barred Owl

Owls are fearsome and seemingly fearless predators. They steal in on silent wings, seize their unsuspecting prey and generally swallow it whole. Some of the larger species have been known to prey on eaglets in their nests. Yet, we are seldom aware of their presence. An owl sitting quietly on a branch near us, exquisitely camouflaged, is nearly invisible.It is this aura of mystery surrounding owls that has always fascinated us. They have held an important role in mythology and were long thought to be symbols of wisdom. They are also quite simply among the most beautiful of birds. 

LSpino_barred owl 01The barred owl with its large brown eyes is especially beautiful in my opinion.  It usually hunts at night or at dusk, but can be active in the daytime.  It has proven to be very adaptable and can be found almost everywhere in Canada and the eastern United States.  It is a medium sized owl and perhaps surprisingly the great horned owl is its primary predator.  

 

LSpino_barred owl 02Owls have been seen over the centuries as symbols of wisdom, of death, and of the power to heal since their feathers are often worm by medicine men and women.  I believe that owls like all animals, can and should be appreciated simply for the beauty that they bring to our natural world.   

Once again I have prepared a short time-lapse video of of the work-in progress for this drawing.  I hope you enjoy it!

I’m happy to answer questions you may have, just let me know ! 

Digital drawing – Bald Eagle

Digital drawing – Bald Eagle

There has been a lot of controversy concerning digital art in the past but today I think that it’s undeniable that digital programs are a wonderful addition to any artist’s toolbox. Many artists use them to plan their compositions and in that sense they’re invaluable because placing various elements and resizing them has become much easier and quicker than re-drawing or even than using a photocopy machine.  Artists have always used whatever means they had at their disposal to create art.

LSpino_digital eagle

Of course this is more of a sketch than a refined drawing but I’ve seen digital art that rivals traditional in every way.  Like all mediums, there are masters of digital art as a quick google search will prove.  If you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it.  I think that it will be an indispensable skill for all artists in the future.

Hope you give it a try! 

Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries

Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries

North Light Books publishers of Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries have announced that it will release this latest volume shortly. It is available for order from their online store, as well as all major bookstores. One of my pieces, Red Fox- Renard Roux, is included in this volume. 

Strokes of Genius 9

LSpino_Red Fox

This is the fourth publication by North Light Books to include one of my drawings and I feel very fortunate to have had such a rewarding relationship with this publishing house.