I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek into one of my lessons from the Animal Art Club. If you’ve ever been fascinated by the intricate beauty of a raven’s beak, this post is for you! Don’t forget, you can join the waitlist for my full animal lesson in my membership Animal Art Club.

Drawing the Base Layer for the Raven’s Beak

Let’s start with the base layer. A raven’s beak is not just black; it’s a kaleidoscope of colors including dark blue, light blue, and even hints of gray with a shimmer of yellow or earth green. I begin by plotting in a light blue base layer, using the Ultramarine Light Grey. This forms the foundation of our beak.

Creating Light Reflections

Next, it’s crucial to capture the light reflections. I use white to plot in these highlights on the tip and front part of the beak. Blending these white spots with a paper stamp helps integrate them seamlessly into the blue base.

Adding Depth with Darker Shades

To add depth, I bring in darker colors like the Dark Indigo. I plot this along the lower part of the beak and above where the feathers overlap. This step is vital for giving the beak its three-dimensional look. I also carefully draw a thin black line to mark where the two parts of the beak meet, using a sharpened black charcoal pencil.

Blending for Realism

Blending is key to making your drawing come alive. I use a paper stamp to blend the blue and black layers together, working in little circles. This helps create soft transitions between the lighter and darker areas.

Introducing Additional Colors

I also work with Payne’s Gray and Earth Green to add subtle nuances. The Payne’s Gray is particularly useful for creating shadows, while the Earth Green adds a natural touch to the lower part of the beak. Light layers of Yellow Cream can also be added for a gentle hint of warmth.

Final Touches for Realistic Texture

Finally, I bring back the light blue for additional layers, blending it over the white highlights. The Dark Indigo and black are then used to add structure and depth. Adding little scratches and strokes with white gives the beak its realistic texture.

Your Invitation to the FREE Animal Art Week & Animal Art Club

I hope you enjoy the drawing process! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your drawing skills and join a community of like-minded artists. We have a FREE Animal Art Week this February 5-9. Click the link below to join!


others. Whether you’re a beginner looking to draw realistic animal portraits with pastels, or an advanced artist aiming to refine your skills, the Club has something for everyone. I show you, step by step, how to draw lifelike animal portraits with pastels. Click the link below to join the waitlist!

I can’t wait to see what you create. Keep drawing and exploring the wonderful world of animal art!

Don’t forget to join me in the Free Animal Art Week
and the Animal Art Club for more fun drawing together! 🌈