In this step I refined the shape of the Jay's beak and created a three dimensional shape using shades of gray and white on black pastel. After completing the eye and white feathers around the eye and throat, I was excited to finally add some gorgeous blue feathers!
I then defined the black markings which now gives this bird the unmistakable look of a Blue Jay.
On the next step, I will begin to add the background so that I can finish the wispy look of the feathers at the back of the crest.
With the background complete, I can now redefine outline of the crest feathers.