I’ve been toying with the idea of making an Auks poster, and I wanted to draw one bird per day in August, so an auk a day it is! Including the extinct Great Auk, they are a group of 25 species, so I should be able to complete the family in the month. I ended up starting early, drawing the four British species I’ve seen at Flamborough Head: Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin and Little Auk. I had never drawn a several species composition, trying to keep the proportions natural. This has allowed me to explore new features of my drawing software, like layer groups.
Today I completed the Great Auk, one of the last bird species to become extinct in Europe. I used the Guillemot for size reference, and I decided to leave it in, as it gives a very nice idea of what impression must have made to see a Great Auk on its cliff colonies.