ʻalalā (Hawaiian crow)
29 cm x 42 cm
Digital - pencil digitally collaged with colouring pencil.
I chose to draw the ʻalalā (Hawaiian crow), the most endangered of the Corvid family. I was fascinated to learn that they are one of few species that can use tools to forage for food. I felt moved by the expression of this crow, in particular the emotion and intelligence in it's eye. I added pencil colour digitally to suggest the colours of a Hawaiian sunset behind the crow.
Drawing and detailed observation, complemented with digital techniques, forms the basis of my illustrations. I am interested in observing and recording animal behaviours; noticing patterns and learning how different species have adapted for survival.