Monthly Archives: November 2016

Barred Owl: Drawing Maine Wildlife

Barred OwlIn this week’s class we will be drawing a barred owl. Barred owls are a year round resident in Maine. They are also called the hoot owl for their distinctive “who cooks for you” call. Owls are primarily nocturnal however hubby and I saw one on a mid-morning walk at Wolfe Neck State park. He was quite a site to behold.

I used tan toned paper so that the lighter feathers would stand out. The tan paper is quite smooth and my white pencil did not show up as brightly as I would have liked. I used a white charcoal pencil in the lightest areas to compensate. That is one of the nice things about working with colored pencil you can use other mediums to enhance your drawing. If you don’t have a charcoal pencil a pastel pencil would work equally well.

Next week we will be drawing a red fox. Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!


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Black Bear: Drawing Maine Wildlife

Maine black bear
This week marks the start of a new class on Drawing Maine Wildlife. Our first project will be the American black bear (Ursus americanus). The black bear is the only bear found in Maine. It is the smallest bear species and the most common. It is typically colored black as the name suggests but, in some parts of the country the color can include light tan and cinnamon brown.

When drawing the fur, hair, or feathers of any animal it is important to use a very sharp pencil. It is also important to carefully observe the way light reacts with the animal’s body. While our bear may be black as the light hits his body the color can range in places from light gray to blue to brown. By noticing these changes and adding them to our drawing we can create a more three dimensional representation.

I wanted the focal point of my drawing to the bear so I added a very simple foreground of small grasses. I think the green is a nice contrast to the dark fur.

Give this a try and let me know how your bear turns out. Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!