Step 1: Sketching Himalayan Monal
Substrate: Cold press 70% cotton watercolor paper
Step 2: Blocking the colors with watercolors
Media: Blocked the colors with two layers of watercolors.
Step 3: Added in details with Micron pen
Media: Used micron pen for initial stage of adding in details.
Step 4: Added in shadows, highlights and details with gouache
Media: Used gouache to add in more varied colors to achieve shadows, highlights and more details gave more depth to Himalayan Monal.
Step 5: More detailing with gouache and pastel pencils
Media: Used gouache and pastel pencils for more finer details.
Finally added in a light background with pastel pencils. I really enjoyed working with mixed media for this. Was surprised by how much detailing can be easily achieved by mixed media approach.