Bobwhite Quail in the Bog Black Run Preserve

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog Black Run Preserve
And here is the finished artwork.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – Back in February I learned about an art and photography exhibition being planned by the Black Run Preserve, a land preservation organisation in Evesham Twp., NJ. Having grown up in Evesham Twp. in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I was very familiar with the forests and streams that make up today’s 1300 acre Black Run Preserve. I had fished the Black Run stream and it’s sister stream, Barton Run for over 10 years when I was young. The Barton Run stream had passed through my backyard. Black Run stream was in front of my house on two of my neighbor’s properties. During my teen years, I saw all of the Evesham Twp. farms turned into developments and the forests and cranberry bogs just down the road from me became the massive Kings Grant development.

The Early 70’s in Evesham

By 1977, all of my rural childhood friends had moved away. My childhood friends’ fathers knew that the small rural town of Marlton was becoming the next Cherry Hill (congested suburb) and they left New Jersey. Some went to Georgia, another went to Missouri and another went to western Pennsylvania. The expectations were that all of the open space would have houses built on it. For the most part, that is exactly what happened but some of the land just outside Kings Grant that I thought would go the way of the bulldozer have been saved thanks to the Black Run Preserve.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog Black Run Preserve
Here is the early stages of the pen and ink drawing.
Creating Bobwhite Quail in the Bog for the Black Run Preserve Photography and Art Exhibition

When I learned about Black Run Preserve’s Art and Photography show, I began a pen and ink drawing of a Bobwhite Quail in the Bog. It was important to have a bird that frequented the Black Run Preserve and a pen and ink drawing would work well with the drawing of the feathers. The initial drawing was done using a #2 pencil and a kneaded eraser on 400 Series Bristol Board.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog Black Run Preserve
A close up of the feathers and line work around the head of the quail.

Using a Koh-i-Noor No. 127 nib holder and a Hunt 22B crow quill nib, I began inking the pencil drawing. To make sure the people could see that this was done entirely by hand, I made several videos using a GoPro.

Tools of the Trade

The Bobwhite Quail in the Bog pen & ink drawing was drawn and inked on 400 series bristol board. To draw the artwork, I generally use a soft number 2 pencil, a semi hard HB pencil and a kneaded eraser. My inking pen is Koh-i-Noor No. 127 ‘Made in Germany’ nib holder. I’ve only owned 2 of these and the first one was given to me by my mother when I was around 10 or 12 years old. My nib is a Hunt 22B. A very good all around nib. Out of the box it is very good for super fine lines and when the nib gets old, I’ll use it for the thick fat lines.

Number 2 Pencil HB Pencil and Kneaded Eraser - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
Pencils that I use for drawing. A soft number 2 pencil, a semi hard HB and a kneaded eraser.
Hunt 22B Nib - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The Hunt 22B nib, I only use one nib, the Hunt 22B. A very good all around nib. Fresh out of the box, very good for fine lines. Once they get old, I save it and use it for thick lines.
Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The legendary Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder. I’ve been using these since I was 10 or 12 years old.

Buying my Artwork

Not everyone can afford original artwork. For those who like art and are on a budget, art prints are great alternative. All of my artwork is available as a print on paper through the Fine Art America website. Also, artwork does not have to be printed only on paper. Would you like a shower curtain with your favorite painting on it? Fine Art America can do it. Want a king size bed sheet with a pen & ink drawing? No problem. Pillows, mobile phone protectors? Have those too and many other items. Here is the link to the Bobwhite Quail in the Bog store page: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/bobwhite-quail-in-the-bog-guy-radcliffe.html

Black Run Preserve Photography & Artwork Exhibit
I’ll be at the Artists’ Reception on May 18th. Please come out and say hi. The reception is at the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, on 123 South Elmwood Road in Marlton.
Attending The Black Run Preserve Photography and Art Exhibit

The Black Run Preserve’s Photography & Art Exhibit will be held at the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, on 123 South Elmwood Road in Marlton. I’ll be attending the reception on Friday May 18th between 7-9PM. I hope to see everyone there.

Videos of my Pen & Ink Technique

These videos and others can be found on my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/guyradcliffe.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog - This video shows how I draw the feet and claws using a crow quill pen.
Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – This video shows how I draw the feet and claws using a crow quill pen.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog - This twelve minute video shows how I ink the feathers using a crow quill pen on bristol board.
Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – This twelve minute video shows how I ink the feathers using a crow quill pen on bristol board.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog - This video shows my pen technique close up using a crow quill to draw the feathers pen on bristol board.
Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – This video shows my pen technique close up using a crow quill pen on bristol board.

Bobwhite Quail in the Bog - This seventeen minute video shows how I draw lines in the sky using a crow quill pen.
Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – This seventeen minute video shows how I draw lines in the sky using a crow quill pen.

Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle In The Kodar Mountains

Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle – The photos in this post shows progress on the head, beak and the feathers of the golden eagle. In the near future I hope to have video of this process since watching a video of something being built or created is much more satisfying than merely seeing a progression of still photos.

Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – here is a close up of the Golden Eagle.

When painting the feathers, I used a variety of colors warm and cool colors from Windsor & Newton Designers Gouache brand. For the warm colors Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Brilliant Yellow, Orange Lake Light with Burnt Umber and Jet Black as a base. For the cool shadow colors, I used Primary Blue, Pthalo Blue and some Permanent White. Regarding brushes, I used a Windsor & Newton Regency Gold Series 540 #1, Robert Simmons #2 White Sable Round 785 Series and a few others.

There is a video you can watch on YouTube here.

Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains - For my palette, I always use a small pane of glass with white paper beneath it.
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – For my palette, I always use a small pane of glass with white paper underneath.
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – this photo shows the Golden Eagle painting in the Kodar Mountains with just a few minor details remaining before completion.

Here are similar posts for painting feathers on a curlew and painting trees on the same curlew painting and my post on painting talons.