A story of a friend inspired me to draw a Carrion Crow. Initially I didn’t feel challenged drawing charcoal black birds, but after studying a few cheeky crows in our garden, I observed they weren’t solid black at all. I noticed a lot of indigo blue, even a tiny bit of warm auburn and the shiny feathers reflected some light blue.
After studying crows, on a beautiful autumn day, I noticed a blackbird sitting in our pink berried Mountain Ash (Sorbus huphensis). It made me stop and watch the scene. How pretty to see this blackbird, that, like the Carrion Crow, wasn’t solid black, in this flame red and orange tree that had a few last green leaves. The blackbird was eating berries, like crows do too when there aren’t other human caused snacks around.
Thus, I felt inspired to draw a black-indigo crow and a warm red and orange Mountain Ash tree. I opted for a diagonal composition, carefully balancing the black/indigo blue bird with the flamy autumn colours. The diagonal composition allowed me to put the red berries on the front and push the crow a bit to the back, preventing it to become too dominant.
Crow is overlooking a garden or park. He is resting but not sleeping. He ate some berries and the sky reflects indigo blue on his feathers, while the red and orange autumn colours shine a tiny bit on his side feathers. He is full colour, yet he remains a solid ebony bird.