Charcoal sketches of ravens

These are two charcoal sketches of ravens I did last night. Hoping to do some similar sketches over the weekend in ink. I think ink or watercolours could be used to good effect with this subject matter. I did a similar post last summer, Bird life in chalk and charcoal, that time the sketches were of gulls. I’m not sure why I wanted to draw ravens particularly, perhaps it’s because I was feeling a bit down during the week and associated ravens with darkness. After googling ravens though I’ve learned that the history of raven symbolism is long and rich, with many cultures

I’m not sure why I wanted to draw ravens particularly – perhaps it’s because I was feeling a bit down during the week and associated my mood, like these ravens, with darkness. After googling ravens though I’ve learned that raven symbolism is a bit more complex than I thought, with many cultures attaching positive meanings to these birds.

I had wanted my sketches to look dark and menacing but they’ve ended up looking fairly harmless!

Charcoal sketch of a raven with talons extendedCharcoal sketch of a raven in flight and wingspan

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Charcoal sketches of ravens

  1. How about if you turned the birds so that they flew towards the viewer. Then the darkness might fill the space (but not all of it) which could look menacing alone and the fact that it is invading your space gives it a double whammy..

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