ACEO size, 2 1/2″ × 3 1/2" Derwent Drawing Pencils on Champagne 90lb Canson Mi-Tientes paper.
A wild osprey’s head seen in profile as it turns to the viewer’s right, showing large golden eye, sharp gray beak and dramatically shaded white markings on head, neck and breast contrasting with shaded brown markings in a stripe. Ospreys do not have the usual ridge of feathers shading their eyes that gives most birds of prey a fierce look, so his eye may seem oddly round and clear if you’re used to other hawks and eagles, but this is accurate for the breed. So is the little crest of feathers to the back of his head slightly ruffled by the wind. Detailed accurate nature drawing in colored pencil realism.