Sunday, June 20, 2010
As I sketched (see image at left), I decided that I would make my Paisley bird a somewhat arrogant snob. I tried to convey this through his pose - one leg raised in a regal stance and his eyes disdainfully closed. I always like to add some humor when possible, so I decided I would have some action going on behind the proud bird's back - unbeknownst to him, another bird is stealing one of his prized tail feathers.
After completing my digital pencil sketch, I started off the painting by choosing a color palette. You can see the original palette that I started off with in this screen shot (click on it to see it enlarged).
After working on it for a while, I decided that the colors for the bird were too dark and I didn't like the magenta colors in combination with the blues, so I began experimenting with new color combinations. First, I changed the hue and lightened the bird's body and the dark background parts of his tail feathers.