This is the final bird for my parents' big Song in the Sky 4 commission.
Watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, gold paint pen.
Also, in a fit of what turns out to be complete insanity, I have photographed this image at about forty stages of coloring progress so that you can see how I work. Putting this thing together in Photoshop took as much work as actually coloring the bird!
Progress Part 1
Progress Part 2
Progress Part 3
Progress Part 4
Progress Part 5
Progress Part 6
Original art: not available
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11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches not available
Seriously, this is a wonderful picture, I cannot take my eyes off of it!
I really love the way you do your lighting, and the colours fit perfectly together! The background also fits very beautifully with the picture Has any mentioned anything about the background yet? hmm...weird o3o And the best part is........IT WAS ALL TRADITIONAL AAAAAAAAAAARTTTTTTTTT
What's so funny is that this bird was the last of the set, kind of a space-filler for the big Song in the Sky 4 assemblage. And yet, a lot of people seem to like this bird the best! I think there's a lesson here for me.
I'm all about making a big mess in my studio. I still love my traditional mediums.
Love the fact that it still looks "warm", even though you mainly used "cold" colours. Also, I like the pose of that bird and it's face. So cute!
Awesome work on the background too.
I'm surprised that this last bird is the one people seem to like the best. Maybe the color scheme makes more sense to people. The colors are much "calmer" compared to my usually eye-searing ones.
And now I have to ask which sort of Prismacolours you use? I'd like to have my own Prismas (partially your fault |D ), but I should order them from overseas (I don't think they're sold anywhere in Europe) so it would be nice to know what can make that kind of soft colouring? :3 My Derwents and Faber-Castells can not make good colour over watercolour...
I use Prismacolor Premier pencils and I do highly recommend them. I think they are sold primarily in the United States, but I believe that you can still get them to Europe through the internet. I use the Dick Blick online catalogue as my primary resource ( www . dickblick . com ). I hope that you can reach it!
I have a set of Faber-Castelle Polychromos that are lovely, but only if I use them *by themselves* - no watercolor with them! They make beautiful transparent layers of color, but I sure can't fix mistakes by grinding over the bad parts the way that I do with the Prismacolors. I've never tried the Derwents; I might have to see what they are like just for comparison.
Derwents are in various hardness...I have Derwent Studios which are hardest ones. They don't make that intensive colour than Polychromos but are more suitable for small details (and hues are different...that's why I want much colours from many manufacturers, it gives very nice variety to hues and hardness/softness level).
*goes to check your gallery*
love how u got all the photos of how its done.. looks like an epic time and a half!! waita be!!
I think it took longer to assemble the mass of photos than it did to actually color the bird.