The painting I’m working on now is a red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus).
Update 3/19/19: This is a very long post. If you just want to hop to the finished painting, there will be a live link here when it’s done. Today is March 19, 2019 and I’m still working on this painting. It’s turning out to be one of the most time consuming ones I’ve done yet.
Progression Pics: Art in Progress
I post all of the steps as I’m doing it at Instagram, so if you want to follow along in real time, follow me there or on FB. Sometimes it’s a good bit later when I get around to updating the website.
Getting Started on the Red-Shouldered Hawk
I decided for this set (I’m doing two of this species) to use the gray-green silt stone for a background. So I went ahead and did both backgrounds at the same time. Here’s the first one with the rough sketch in place.
Issues with angles
There’s always something to correct once the sketch-in begins to take shape. This time it’s the tilt of his head. The angle is wrong and it throws everything else off. The eyes are the first thing I like to do, but I can’t do the eyes until the head is shaped properly.
Colors for the Red-Shouldered Hawk
The colors I’ll be using for this hawk are similar to the colors I used on the kestrels and the goshawks. For the goshawks, I used a lot more black, though.
I made paints specifically to get ready to do this set of hawks, though, and each set of paints vary depending on the rocks I used to make it.
- Russet sandstone (Nirvana)
- Red sandstone (Intoxicating)
- Yellow Sandstone
- Char-shale (a combination of creek shale and charred wood)
- tumbled limestone (Ancient white)
- Brown brown (from a really hard black sandstone)
Blocking in Color
First I added the russet on his chest and wings.
Then I added contour lines to his head.
Added more shadow to his head, added more pigment to the background. It’s going to be a few days before I get a chance to work on it again now.
I had hoped to get both of the red-shouldered hawks done this month, but it seems that life had other plans. February always feels like such a short month, even though it’s only a few days shorter than most. I am going to have to start reducing the amount of other things I commit to if I want to have time to work more on paintings.
Update 3/11/19: Finally I’ve had time to get back to work on the red-shouldered hawk.
Update 3/19/19: Took me a while, but I’m back to work on the painting. By the end of the day, I ended up one step forward and two steps back. The tail is blocked in better, and so are the feet. But then when I started working on the wings I realized the bars are just too wide on them. So I erased most of them and will start over on that part tomorrow.
Ozark Birds of Prey
My current project is painting of each of the species of raptors in the Ozarks. Some of them are full-time residents and some just visit. The red-shouldered hawk is one of our resident species.