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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.


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

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


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

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

    Look forward to the next update.