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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ruffled feathers detail of pastel drawing

In this sitting, I reworked the wing feathers on the top bird...I felt satisfied with it and regardless, I have so many layers of pastel that I'm afraid if I add more, it will turn muddy. I moved on to the bottom bird, continuing adding detail to the feathers.

I find the ruffled feathers easiest to do while the wing feathers are trickier. They have to look just right otherwise it ruins the look of the bird.

You will notice I added the bright pink wing patch characteristic of mature roseate spoonbills (bottom bird).
I'll be re-touching the head area of the bottom spoonbill a bit later but still need lots to do on the feathers.


Lisa Duncan said...

Very nice. I really like the way that the colors of the foliage and the colors in the birds are playing off one another.

Reflections From Life Art Blog said...

The birds are looking marvelous Colette!! Such detail! A winner to be sure. :D


Colette Theriault said...

I appreciate your comments ladies! I can't wait to start the foreground/log...getting tired of working on those pink feathers!!

Dors said...

They are beautiful and the detail is amazing. It's coming together wonderful. another masterpiece.

Look forward to the next update.