Haven’t done a bird in a while and fancied something with some strong contrasts. This one never disappoints.
The drawing. For once I carefully measured the length of the bird with respect to the body - 5 bird heads high.
The initial washes. Very light and I make sure I splosh through the edges to give a fuzzy underpainting. I only take care to avoid the eye area where I want to keep the white paper.
The next layer of the bird. A lot of this will be the final layer apart from the finishing darks. It often looks a bit meh at this stage.
Almost there. The feet and the branch are in and I’ve darkened up the head and put detail in the eye.
Done. A little light shading around the shoulders to bring out the white and a little touch of white gouache in the eye to bring back the sparkle.