Northern Wheatear

This time I thought I would do a full bird, another Wheatear juat to keep things familiar after doing the feathers. This male bird was taken in the summer at Broängarna, my local birding patch.

Started off with the sketch/outline and have added a light wash on the dark areas of the bird and on watercolor paper.

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More to follow…

Pretty much finished piece, fairly pleased with it..

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Northern Wheatear feather study

Furthering my learning I decided to do a quick feather study instead of a full bird from a photo I took last summer, a juvenile Northern Wheatear at Hjälstaviken.

Just done an standard budget A4 print paper, I know I should be using watercolor paper but I’m saving money and just practicing on normal print paper for now, when I feel comfortable enough on a subject I will “do it for real”.

Quick sketch this time to lay out some guides, I miss judged the angles again but adjusted the photo of my painting and superimposed it on the original, it’s pretty accurate and to scale so I’m rather pleased.

Left: Original painting
Top right:  Superimposed painting + photo
Bottom right: Original photo

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear wing feather study watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still learning and would love to hear any comments about this, constructive criticism, tips or just your thoughts.

Next step – learning some feather names and maybe a head sketch + painting