A crow wearing headphones, listens to a self-help audio while on the road and is hit by a car.

Crows are very intelligent birds. They have been known to problem solve by creating crude tools such as hooks to acquire hard to get at food. In Japan, crows have been seen to drop hard shelled nuts onto busy roads to be crushed by passing traffic. They then wait for the walk signal at a pedestrian crossing to retrieve the food. These feats are performed without safety nets, how-to guides or self-help resources.

It’s rare to see a dead crow on the side of the road. Crows are usually the ones on clean-up duty for other unfortunate wildlife traffic victims. They are generally not concerned about bettering themselves through listening to self-help audio files, but this poor illustrated bird is doing just that with unpleasant consequences.

I’m enjoying the transition from vector to raster-based images. It allows for smoother gradients and also speeds up the shading process significantly (for me anyway). While I’m still figuring out many of the features of Sketchbook Pro, it’s proving to be a valuable tool for the drawing process and it lessens the dependence on other vector and photo software.

The downside is that lines don’t look as crisp and clean close up, but this deficit is made up for with the smoother-looking finish (from less close up).

I should also mention the symmetry in this drawing. Sketchbook Pro 7 has a Symmetry Tool that places a line down the centre of the page. Subsequently, anything that is drawn, shaded or erased from on side is reflected on the other side.

This effectively halved the work involved in the drawing of the car. I only had to draw and shade half a car and the rest was created automatically. The self-help crow and associated text could then be added to a layer of higher value to have it appear on top. The Symmetry Tool can be used on a horizontal or vertical plane.

A Spot the Difference game featuring this drawing can be found here: Crow Difference Spot