Sparrow Hawk, Bristol Museum

Sketch of a Sparrow Hawk

2B pencil and water colour applied with a water brush


In trepidation I went out for a day of sketching today. My drawing skills are rather rusty & I’ve felt a little stuck in a rut using the same formula:- 0.3 permanent pen and wash, so having got warmed up drawing my mint tea in a cafe I decided to dispense with the permanent maker for this one and try a light pencil drawing and a water colour wash, aiming not to get too bogged down in the details but make sure there was plenty of light & shade. This took about an hour. Quite a pleasing result but still a little too careful for my liking.

(The thread running across his legs is dental floss which I use for binding my home made sketchbooks)