New year, new animal sketching blog

I am a designer and illustrator, with a background in theatrical design, and I have an online shop selling my own hand illustrated cards called Alex Agg Design on Etsy. I am also a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators) with a keen interest in children’s books.  I recently completed a course in Natural History Illustration and my life-long love of sketching animals has become a great way to explore interesting ideas for story characters and as inspiration for card and product designs.

I love posting on my Instagram account but I thought a blog would give me the opportunity to explain more about my what I get up to and do some focused sketch work.

Black and white birds

I planned to observe the birds in my garden for my latest sketch session and though the birds were a little illusive my trusty binoculars helped me to observe the birds from a far and I managed to catch the shapes of a few crows and jackdaws.

Afterwards I looked more closely at images of the two birds, looking at the shapes of their heads and beaks.

A Jackdaw and Carrion Crow in pencil

Whilst it is lovely to do an accurate drawing of an animal, when you are drawing from life they rarely sit still! I am interested in capturing the character of an animal with a few gestural lines and give a stylised representation which still maintains the unique idea of the animal.

A while ago I did a tutored sketching day at a local zoo which included some time in the owl section. I like that owls are one solid shape and decided to use the negative space around this snowy owl to give it its shape rather than using line.

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Snowy Owl in pencil

It was great fun when I got home to play around and to create some characterful owls using a simple style. Black and white birds are very striking and which can look awesome on the page.

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Snowy owl illustration in brush markers and fine liner

I look forward to sharing more sketching adventures with you in the future. Watch this space for more from me and keep up to date with other happenings with: @alexaggdesign on Instagram, @alexagg on Twitter and @alexaggdesign on Facebook or take a look at my website: www.alexaggdesign.co.uk

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