Sunday, January 13, 2019
On to Owls
Continuing working in my sketchbook, I turned to drawing owls, specifically, the Little Owl, or Athene Noctura. Little Owl is a species of owl that lives in Europe and north Africa. "Athena" is a Little Owl character in the book I'm writing and illustrating, "Milkweed Manor." If you'd like to follow my progress, in researching and writing as well as illustrating, I invite you to follow my FaceBook page, Milkweed Manor.
The markings on the owls make them more difficult to draw than the rat.
In my book, Athena appears as both a juvenile and an adult, so I'll have to draw her with juvenile markings that clearly progress to her adult markings. It's these kinds of considerations that occur to me as I go. I'm really glad I have this sketchbook going because without it I think it would be extremely difficult, and maybe impossible, to draw convincing and consistent illustrations of these characters. I'd like to connect with other writer/illustrators.