398 Drawing of a crow with ballpoint pen and watercolors based on a photo by TPJPhoto.net

Drawing of a crow in ballpoint pen and watercolor

I’ve been looking for crow photos these last three days. What a strange and beautiful bird! Finally I found a good photo on a blog called TPJPhoto.net

The drawing turned out good, but the colors are off. While crows are black, they have beautiful nuances of blue in the sunlight. My drawing looks more like an exotic colored bird rather than a real black crow.

Maybe I overdid the blue.

In continuation of my “chipmunk/squirrel” question from a few days back – could someone explain to me what the difference is between a crow and a raven?

Have a great day!

21 thoughts on “398 Drawing of a crow with ballpoint pen and watercolors based on a photo by TPJPhoto.net”

  1. You are a very talented sketch artist. The last part oft the Australian Raven’s call is very drawn out making it sound very mournful so quite different from a Crow. I thought Ravens also had white eyes and crows black but that’s apparently incorrect.

  2. Love crows. The blue is fine. Depending on the light, there is a lot of blue and purple in the feathers.
    I think ravens are larger, but the terms seem to be often used interchangeably.

  3. I think this is a lovely drawing and I like the hues you have used. You don’t have to achieve verisimilitude for a work of art to be successful.

    Ravens are larger and their feathers are glossier. They also have chunkier beaks and make different sounds. Crows caw but ravens make a graunchier sound.


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