Daily Deviation
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Hawk head different angles ref
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By Ciameth   |   Watch
Published: October 25, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 Ciameth
Raptor/hawk head at different angles. These are all the same Red-tailed Hawk, but he molted from juvenile to adult plumage while I was collecting these pictures so there is color variation to the feathers; the lighting also changed day-to-day. This bird is not a falconry bird, but rather a permanent resident at a raptor rehabilitation center. He came in from the wild with a badly-healed coracoid break and cannot fly very well. His upper beak is over-long, so keep that in mind if you're trying to draw a realistic, natural raptor. I hope this makes a decent reference for people drawing birds of prey, gryphons, etc. Feel free to download for personal use. Not for photo-manipulation. If anyone is interested in a similar thing with owls, kestrels, another species of hawk, raptor feet, etc let me know.

Great-horned Owl: [link]
Barn Owl: [link]
Turkey Vulture: [link]
Golden Eagle: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor feet: [link]

10/26: Wow, the daily deviation was a surprise! I'm glad this is turning out useful for so many people. My gallery has a lot of other bird of prey photos that I usually allow people to use for reference if they ask first and credit back to the original, so feel free to take a look.

My model:

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Kaligraphy22's avatar
Thanks for this. Really. It'll go a long way in helping me drawing their heads correctly. Gonna be referring to this sheet constantly. \o/
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DelouiHobbyist Digital Artist
im just sitting here going through every picture just saying stuff as what the bird looks like its saying

1. hey friend
2. omg really?
3. mmmmm
5. ohhhh ok
6. heyyyy bby
7. ooooohhhh
8. what have i done
9. oh ok

etc etc
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Nohrian-ScumStudent Traditional Artist
One of these were used here: comicandblue-firuko.deviantart…
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CiamethHobbyist General Artist
This reference specifically states in the artist's comment "Not for use in photomanipulation." They are meant as references for artists to use, and are NOT stock photographs.
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Kazuma27Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting!
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Racist-RobotsStudent Digital Artist
A wonderful compilation of photos :D thanks a bunch!
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SeaWeedFireHobbyist Digital Artist
Used as reference for this one: seaweedfire.deviantart.com/art…
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marieknoxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the great pictures, they will be great reference for my drawings.
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AriadeHobbyist Traditional Artist
I thank you for such usefull pictures :3
FeraNoMo79's avatar
Wow! Looks like you're model was posing for you like a human would! XD So photogenic! <3
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jacquesmeboiaProfessional Filmographer
Great pictures, nice compilation!!
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SonarSnowStudent General Artist
Hory shitu! :wow: This is great, it'll be wonderful for reference!
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xtheamazingnothingxHobbyist Traditional Artist
OMGURD! Can I use one of these for my profile picture? (specifacely (SP?) the one four spaces to the right on the top?)
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CiamethHobbyist General Artist
If you credit the original in your signature.
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xtheamazingnothingxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Done! Thanks again!
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xtheamazingnothingxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It makes me laugh everytime I look at it. XD
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Even I don't draw eagles this is really helpful, good job!
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Ha, I saw this and immediately thought, hmm griffin reference
razorcat's avatar
oooo!these make great reference models. i would love to see pictures like this of a Philippines eagle!
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ElementalJessHobbyist Digital Artist
[link] ^.^
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Koi-LanternStudent General Artist
wow, thanks so much for this ref. Very much needed thank you!!!
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Thanks so much for these wonderful references!
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SudokkoStudent Digital Artist
I love you so much. <3
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