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Barn owl sketchesbarn owl drawings and sketches - british bird paintings and prints by bird artist martin ridley
Original sketches and drawings of barn owls

Barn owl working drawings to show how I experiment and make minor adjustments until I'm happy with the results. View the stages of the drawings as they develop towards the finished picture then visit my page of owl pictures

Wildlife art pictures - barn owl sketch, Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
Hovering barn owl

Pencil sketch


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Hovering barn owl

Pencil sketch


When working up preparatory drawings in the studio there are some shortcut methods that I use to create a strong image.

  • I frequently overlay preliminary sketches with fresh sheets of paper on a light box to redraw the positive lines developed so far. This enables me to efficiently preserve the best elements and take ideas forward.

  • Areas that aren't working are covered up. Fresh pieces of paper with improvements are taped on until the image comes together.
Wildlife art - barn owl sketches and drawings, Tyto alba
Hovering barn owl

Pencil sketch


In the studio I have gathered many sources of reference material to help me understand the finer details of the owl, these include:

  • preserved wings and feathers collected from various dead birds that I have found.

  • filed images; magazine clippings, photos and previous drawings.

  • simple models that I've made to help understand a form in 3D or work out shadows.

Knowledge is the key to my working methods:

  • knowledge of the animal and its behaviour in its natural habitat. (I only really like to paint pictures of animal species, which I have studied in the wild)

  • knowledge gained by research

Confidence develops through an understanding of an animal species and allows extra creative freedom.



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Wildlife Art : Detail from the picture Hovering Barn Owl. Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
Hovering barn owl picture
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Martin Ridley, Rossal, The Ross, Comrie, Crieff
Perthshire, Scotland PH6 2JU

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