Donnerstag, April 19, 2018

MONTAGU´S HARRIER , from the study to the magazine cover

It was four years ago, when I first visited the Extremadura region in Spain, well known for its rich bird fauna and biodiversity. I did a lot of fieldwork on location but because it`s impossible to capture every scene around I took also a lot of video footage, which gives me the opportunity to study the birds and behaviour at home without any pressure of time.
Attached an image of a male Montagu`s harrier, which has been sketched first based on my own footage, followed by a watercolour study, and the final Gouache composition which made it to the cover of "British Birds" magazine.





Mittwoch, April 18, 2018

Life study of a new Tawny owl

A new study of a "new" Tawny owl called " Michael",painted in Nymphenburg park today in the morning in watercolours. A perfectly camouflaged bird..

Samstag, April 14, 2018

Commissioned works

Beside my regular illustration work, I`m taking also private commissions, in case my time allows.
Attached, few watercolours I did for a client few months ago.





Mittwoch, April 11, 2018

New Tawny owl life studies

It was the perfect sping day today, and since I haven`t been in Nymphenburg park for ages, I drove there in the morning and the only Owl I found first, was one of the pair close to Pagodenburg. My first ever study from life using Acryla Gouache.On my way back to the car I met a couple of photographers who led me to an other Owl, a new one of the Reddish phase posing and enjoying the sunshine. The setting was excellent, but sadly I didn`t have enough time, so I decided to make a monochromatic study, and promised to myself to go back for a coloured version soon.


Samstag, März 31, 2018

Extinct birds and mammals

Attached this time, various images of Passenger pigeons, Ivory billed woopeckers, and of Thylacines(Tasmanian tigers) I did in the recent past.There are few studies of suffed animals/ birds included, which helped me to understand the species better.
I became aware of Extinct species in the past already, but never tried to create any reconstructions since I didn`t have enough informations. Now I feel it`s about time to make more of these in the future










Donnerstag, März 29, 2018

B/W Bird Illustrations for a Poster

This time b/w illustrations of birds  I did lately for a Natural park station at the German north sea coast. Here is a link, I`m afraid only in German:
 https://www.schutzstation-wattenmeer.de/

Common snipe

Greylag goose

Grey heron


Red breasted merganser
Great crested Grebe display

White taild sea eagle


Donnerstag, März 22, 2018

New illustrations for the European breeding bird atlas 2

 Attached my latest contribution to the forthcoming European bird atlas. All of my illustrations have been painted using Acryla Gouache.Check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EBBA2.info, and find more informations about sponsoring at http://www.ebba2.info/support-eb…/ebba2-species-sponsorship/
Here they are some more informations about the artwork:
 http://www.ebba2.info/2018/03/07/artwork-in-ebba2/


Bearded vulture

Calandra lark

Eurasian Eagle owl

Montagu`s harrier

Short toed eagle