I don’t usually do preparatory sketches for the birds. Most of the design work can be done just by making a good choice of pose. Something that’s characteristic of the bird but also makes a good shape and pattern of light and dark. This time I thought I’d try something different and start with a rough watercolor sketch=. This is what came out.
Yeah right. I mostly learned what not to do in the final painting but maybe that’s the point?
Anyway - after a rocky start I was very happy with the final painting.