Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing - student project

I've been sketching birds in ink recently, and this class was the motivation I needed to try one out in colour! I used a reference image for a dwarf kingfisher, and probably redrew the head three or four times to get the proportions right. It was well worth taking the time over this observational drawing section.

I got on well with this stepwise order of painting, and in the final step of adding details went in with some white gouache to pick out highlights, as well as strengthening the colours and dropping in shadow.

Gone Fishing - image 1 - student projectGone Fishing - image 2 - student project