Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hawk Mountain: Sketching Miss David

Miss David is an educational owl at Hawk Mountain. I believe she was hit by a car, and now, with an injured wing, she is unable to be released into the wild to fend for herself. I had the opportunity to do a studio sketch of her with graphite and charcoal. Showing much patience, she is an excellent life model.

Screech owls are tiny and their face is a fluff of feathers. Interesting but hard to sketch. And, if you are wondering, because she is small the staff thought she was a male (among raptors the female is larger than the male) and so she was named David. After DNA testing however, the name was changed to Miss David to reflect her true identity.

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