I started on the white feathers in shadow as I wanted to get them right. I had to put in some sky to make sure I wasn’t going too dark with them.
Getting there – I muddied the white feathers a bit unfortunately but it was still going pretty well.
The finish – I was toying with continuing the blue down to the bottom part of the picture too but decided against it so the tail feathers would stand out. The modeling on the head came out well. The shadows are very subtle on here and it could have gone horribly wrong.