Audubon Great Grey Owl

Audubon Great Grey Owl Painting

One my favorite items to draw or paint is birds, and I am most inspired by John James Audubon. Audubon (1785 – 1851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of North America in a manner far superior to what had gone before. In his later years he started cataloging all the animals he encountered in his travels. The Great Grey Owl is the largest owl in North America and hunts during the day. Audubon first saw this owl in the Boston area and later painted it London in 1834. We use Audubon’s “Great Grey Owl” as the inspiration for our lesson.

Materials: Heavyweight drawing paper,sketching pencil and choice of materials to finish.

Step #1: Draw guidelines down the center and across the middle of your paper. Draw a circle for the head. Draw the owl’s eyes and beak. Draw a large “M” shape around the eyes. Remember the great grey owl has smaller eyes than other owl’s because he hunts during the day.

Step #2: Draw the body and the wings. The wing has a heart shape to it as shown below.

Step #3: Draw the leg, talons and tail feathers of the owl.

Step #4: Draw a branch for the owl to perch on. Now add some feathers to the head, wing, tail and body.

Step #5: Time to add your details, have fun and be creative.


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