Scribbling Brân

2 Jul

raven 3

I practised drawing a raven today, from a photograph, as I have the germ of an idea for some new work. I find birds really hard to draw because they have such strange proportions. My first one was way off, the second is getting there. More work to do. I’m thinking this may end up in a screenprint at some point.

Thing is with birds that it isn’t just the weird proportions to get to grips with but also the foreshortening. Tricky. I used an HB Derwent pencil onto a medium weight cartridge paper. In Welsh mythology, the god and goddess Brân and Brânwen were brother and sister. Brân means raven and Brânwen,  a white raven.

2 Responses to “Scribbling Brân”

  1. paperstew July 3, 2020 at 03:28 #

    These are wonderful and totally RAVEN! Birds are very strange creatures that I observe daily and hardly ever draw. Super interesting to learn about the Welsh mythology. 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah July 3, 2020 at 20:26 #

      Thanks Gale. The mythology bit is what’s interesting me at the moment – I must find a white raven, a Branwen, to draw now.

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