I haven’t painted a bird in a long while and this week’s ‘Paint Colorful Birds for Fun’ facebook bird is the gannet.   Not so colorful as it turns out but this photo caught my eye.  (Fabriano Artistico/140lb cold pressed/12×16)

The drawing.

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.

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