Red-tailed Hawk

Graphite drawing of a Red-tailed Hawk perched on a limb in the forest.
14”x11” drawn on moleskine sketchpad with Kaweco 0.9mm 2B mechanical pencil.

This was drawn from a photo reference. I really liked the pose of the hawk but I changed the limb and background to suit the composition. These types of pencil drawings take from three to four hours at this size, even though I try to keep them a bit sketchy. They’re always relaxing and fun, and split over three or more sessions, work well as a way to wind down before turning in for the night.