The top image is my rough sketch. I use to own budgies but I didn't have images to reference them. I used the ones available on Pixabay and Google image search results as reference.
I quickly went over my sketch with an opaque dark brush in Photoshop. From there I proceeded to add in my base color layers, textures, and details.
This is my end result after going through the process. I must say, it was a challenge for me primarily because I have the tendency to over complicate things and in the end frustrate myself with an incomplete work. It's really helpful to have a process when creating art. The image above was my second attempt at adding color. I enjoyed this assignment and appreciate Anne's helpful and insightful tutorial on turning sketches into professional finished work.