Sketching Owls For a Card

owl fathers day card

Watercolour owl fathers day card.

Hi there, how are you?

I wanted to make a Fathers Day card for the illustrious other half this week. After some consideration I decided I would try and paint an owl, in watercolour so first things first I spent a few days researching and sketching owls in my sketchbook.

I tried some whole owls or as near as I could with the images I’d chosen and drew them lightly in pencil.I then put all of the dark areas with a brush pen. I coloured them quickly in watercolour, testing which colours would work.

sketch great horned owl

A sketch of a great horned owl

sketch great horned owl 2

Another sketch of a great horned owl. I liked this owl but whoa! the colours were all wrong. Still not quite there yet.

I also wanted to try concentrating on just the head and found it created a quite a nice shape on the page plus it still allow for a decent amount of detail.

owl idea sketch

Owl idea sketch. I like the profile of this one.

In the end this was the one I liked best but wasn’t happy with the colours, the burnt sienna was too red and the eye too orange.

practice owl for card

Practice owl for the card. This is the owl chosen for the card.

The colours I used for the watercolour painting were raw sienna, quin yellow with a few flecks of quin burnt orange for the eyes, paynes grey and sepia for all of the dark plumage. I’ve written them down here to remember them, these are not colours I use a lot and I’m sure to forget.

You can see the finished card at the top of the post. I think it turns out OK and more importantly the other half really liked it.

There’s a good chance some of these owls may end up on other cards I make during the year and now the hard work is all done it shouldn’t take too long to do.

Happy Fathers Day people.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

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