Inspired by the book cover of Bird brain: An exploration of animal intelligence, I decided to sketch a Raven using pale pencil over black canvas on my Bamboo tablet. I used metallic purple pencil of various tones.
I enjoyed some wonderfully close sights of Hawfinches in Spain a few months ago. They fed on the ground of a pine woodland and then in loose flocks on the seeds of elms by the river Guadiana. Their stern look and massive bill contrasts with their delicate calls, similar to the Robin’s ‘tic, tic!’ and soft whistles. I drew the Hawfinch with pencil and watercolour.