This weeks Journal 52 had three options for a prompt: skulls, crows or what the heart knows.
Since I am not a big on drawing hearts and kind of suck at being girly in that way, ‘what the heart knows’ was out. Additionally, skulls felt a little weird, though I nearly used some inspiration that was a crow perched atop a skull. It was a pretty awesome concept.
My mother loves crows, and I figured she might enjoy a finished drawing if it turned out. So I went with crows.
Crows are pretty. Let’s draw one!
I started with my Derwent Graphic 2B pencil on my 140 lb watercolor paper for a rough sketch and really practiced some basic sketching techniques I learned after watching YouTuber Earnest Ward yesterday. It’s basic stuff, but I’m really missing some basics, so it was super-helpful.
Next, I used my Micron pens in 005, 01, and 03 to put in the shadow and details. This was quite meditative and I really learned a lot more about using them on this particular sketch. I added in a quote and practiced hand-lettering some more.
Lastly, the watercolor came out and I went pretty simply with the Sennelier Ivory Black and Pthalocyanine Blue. Pretty feathers.
So that’s it. I don’t have anything else in my brain today!