All images are hand drawn and coloured in Photoshop
The idea for a series of portrait illustrations of the birds of prey of the British Isles developed gradually. I had Initially completed a commission for an eagle which involved exploring new techniques of rendering in Photoshop which I wanted to developed further. I was a keen ornithologist when a boy an interest that was to wane in my teenage years and lay dormant throughout my adult life. I did, however retain a lot of knowledge of birds from my youth and the original eagle illustration project had awakened a latent interest.
When a young keen bird watcher I do not recall birds of prey being a particular passion of mine probably because, since as I was growing up in the 1970”s, they were scarce and very few and far between, but I thought – for creative continuity, I would illustrate one more of these raptors and chose the Peregrine.
One thing followed another. I researched the birds and the more I did so the more I became engrossed by their history, physiology, mythology and especially the story of their long relationship with us. And so a project formed – to illustrate all 17 resident, and regularly visiting, raptors to these Isles and to document a small part of their continuing, fascinating and unfolding story.
Click on images for more informtion on each raptor
7. Mind your language
8. It’s tough at the top
16. Friend or Foe
17. Strictly come dancing