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Cattle Egret August 1, 2018

Posted by Sobek in News.


So called because they like to hang around cattle. They’re mostly white, but the head and neck turn orange/brown during mating season. I picked this picture because my older brother gives me crap about not drawing the feet, and also because when these egrets are standing, they look like bowling pins with beaks.

It’s kind of a pain to draw birds with almost all white feathers, because there’s not much to draw. Even so, I have two more egrets on my list, so that’s what I’m doing next.


1. lauraw - August 1, 2018

Action shot! Nice, Sobek.

A fun way to handle white subject matter is to start with a sheet completely blacked-in with charcoal or whatever (doesn’t have to be black, could be another background color), then pick away at the subject’s form with flexible erasers, and add in finish details with pastels.

It’s messy work but satisfyingly fun to watch the image emerge from the background.

2. Sobek - August 1, 2018

I am going to try that now.

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