This was also drawn during the summer holidays.
I live on the very edge of town next to a local common and a small wood. We have a small colony (or “murder!”) of crows living in the wood. Occasionally they fight with other birds (mainly magpies, but also seagulls if the weather is turning bad offshore). They make a huge racket when this happens. This is what was going on when I began to think about this drawing. I wanted to see if I could make a drawing of a crow using nothing but patterns. I also wondered if I could somehow show the crow squawking really loudly in indignation in a visual way.
So I had a try. I began by sketching out a quick basic crow…
Then I developed some simple filigree type patterns over the top of the basic sketch. I kept the beak more realistic as I felt that it was an essential feature which is didn’t want to change.
Once I had a basic outline I filled in some shading, added a half tone ink wash to some of the bird’s body and head and then built up a background using similar motifs trying to show visually the huge noise these birds can make when they are annoyed.
Here’s the final drawing…
I think the drawing captures the essence of my shouty little friend sqawking his little black head off quite well. The mid tone ink wash doesn’t photograph very well unfortunately but it’s patchy quality when photographed adds to the general scruffiness of the crow in question so it’s still in character! I do wish I’d taken a photo of this image when all of the black ink was done before I added the half-tone wash because I think adding tone digitally might have been a good option for this design.