The Story of the Drawing:

I don't have the story behind this photo as I didn't take it, a photographer name Scott Leslie took this wonderful photo. At the time I did not have photos of loons on nests but have since gotten a similiar photo of my own. Scott is located in Nova Scotia Canada and is an avid birder. I came across this image accidently while googling loon nesting and loved the photo the moment I saw it. Sometimes I take chances and ask a photographer for permission to draw it even though I know there is a high chance they will say no. My gratitude goes out to Scott for trusting me and I hope I have captured the spirit of his photo in a manner that makes him proud.

I drew it using a combination of the following tools, Rotring Isograph pens, Pigma Micron pens, Drawing Ink, inking with paint brushes.

This drawing is one of my more complex ones as it combines stipple drawing with traditional inking. Also the nest was almost a drawing on its own with it's complexity and crazy amount of details. The stipple of the loon head and also within the eggs just take a long time to do as they are created dot by dot. There are several layers in the eggs to give them that different color look even though it is all done with the same black ink. The final drawing is approximately 16x20 inches in size and looks awesome.

Once the drawing is complete, we scan it at 800 dpi and process the scan to reflect the original as much as possible. We make a limited edition number of prints to sell. The small image size here really doesn't do the original justice, but its a fair representation.

Robert J Andersen


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