Considering the season I wanted to do a bird that had red and green in it. So naturally I chose a Quetzal.
A Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala. it's even on their flag!
my last bird was the turkey and the bird pose was an original piece from a several different reference sources, as opposed to my first five birds which were more like direct copies of one reference picture. All that to say that I am going to make all my future pieces completely original in pose, by referencing multiple sources.
yea, yea, boring, boring, where are the pictures?!
I started with a thumbnail sketch to get an idea of how to pose the bird. I actually like this sketch so much I might just do a miniature version on the left over green paper.
Here is the final sketch on newsprint. Like I said earlier I pulled from about five different references pictures for this pose.
Here is my first color pass. I felt like keeping a record of more of the process this time.
Here is the almost final bird, the branch still isn't penciled in and I still have some adjustments to make to the bird.
And here is a curent final, I plan to set it aside for at least this next week so that I can just look at it and see if there is anything I still want to fix or adjust before signing and framing it.
And here is a bonus, I kept my pencil shavings from the pencils that I used in this piece, Im just like that...