Dark-eyed junco, Oregon type.
Stillman and Birn beta series paper.
Notes to self:
- I basically did a single pass for each of the larger areas, and kept it pretty simple. The paper required this: it dried quickly and coming back into an area that was partially dry didn’t work very well. So I tried to keep a bead of water to move around each of the larger areas.
- I would like to see more three dimensional form, having the body turn away in the belly and chest, the upper should feel more lumpy. Hard to do that on the first pass, though. I’ll need to do some exercises to work on the illusion of three-dimensions.
- this paper is also not very good for smooth washes, but I like the way the background texture turned out.
- I simplified any individual feathers in the wings and tail, which I think was a good call (learned a lesson from the owl yesterday.)
- I painted the background with a large flat brush, which was way too big for this size of drawing. I had a hard time getting close to the edges, so there are some small lines inadvertently left white, which I don’t like.
- much better result than the owl from yesterday, but also a much easier subject. - 2 days ago