Beauty In Death

19 Jul

19 dead crow

Husb and I went to the Mission Gallery’s new show opening tonight and nearly fell over with the heatwave after about 10 minutes so we left and strolled along the seafront on our way home and came across this dead bird. It’s some sort of crow and was fairly recently dead as only a couple of flies had found it. Such a beautiful creature, black and glossy and at repose. Then as we arrived home, some friends arrived and stayed for some ice cold home-made elderflower cordial. It’s so refreshing in this weather. Our friends asked if we’d taken a photo of the bird.

“Ew no!” I said, “that would be weird!”

“And standing around for 10 minutes in public drawing a little corpse isn’t?” they asked.

Hmm. Fair comment. Drawn into my A5 cloth-bound sketchbook, prepared with ripped brown wrapping paper, with Faber Castell Pitt pens, sizes S, F and B in sepia. I added a grey ink wash later.

13 Responses to “Beauty In Death”

  1. kestrelart July 23, 2013 at 03:31 #

    I might borrow this idea of the prepared page for some practice. I love the effects.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 23, 2013 at 13:51 #

      It’s great and you can use different papers. You can get some nice packs of recycled sari papers in craft shops.

  2. anna warren portfolio July 22, 2013 at 07:52 #

    Lovely drawing . And I agree, love drawing dead things, they can be such beautiful objects.

  3. Jess July 19, 2013 at 23:15 #


  4. eliotnorth July 19, 2013 at 22:20 #

    Reblogged this on Chekhov was a doctor: Medicine, health, & creativity and commented:
    Great image….

    • Rosie Scribblah July 20, 2013 at 16:31 #

      Thank you for reblogging 🙂

      • eliotnorth July 21, 2013 at 12:55 #

        My pleasure! I think you’ll like the ravishing beasts website from the log of your blog.

  5. eliotnorth July 19, 2013 at 22:18 #

    Hey, this is a really great image. Have you seen this website on taxidermy in all its fantastical forms….

    • Rosie Scribblah July 20, 2013 at 16:32 #

      Thank you. I haven’t seen the website but I’ll check it out 🙂

  6. paperstew July 19, 2013 at 21:58 #

    Dead animals/birds really know how to hold a pose! Good for you to stop and sketch it (And very nicely captured!) 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah July 19, 2013 at 22:14 #

      Thank you. It was easy compared to Sparta 🙂

      • paperstew July 20, 2013 at 01:05 #


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