I know, I know, I missed a day. Sorry 'bout that - I was utterly shattered last night having had a stressful day sorting money and all that necessary stuff and just fell fast asleep. Yes, me, sleep! It was AWESOME as I've had not a lot of the whole 'land of nod' thing this week, so I'm not complaining. However, I have a catch-up post now, another page in the birdie book (which is what that black-paged artbook of mum's has become, or so it seems). This is a Secretary Bird - and they're GORGEOUS! They're incredible creatures, coming from the sub-Saharan regions of Africa, and they have great big long legs and fabulous eyelashes! Google 'em. I just wanted to have a play and try painting one, so I did. I have to admit that I'm quite enjoying these messy, textured mess-abouts so I'm guessing they'll continue!
The background has layers of washi tape and tissue paper underneath for texture, covered with warm colours of acrylic paints scraped on with a palette knife and an old plastic gift card which has a lenticular side, leaving a cool ridged pattern. The bird's drawn with black indian ink, then coloured with mixture of Neocolor II crayons, white acrylic paint, some Prussian Blue Hue Golden fluid acrylic (just an itsy bit), and white Uni Ball gel pen, with ink splatters from Derwent Graphik Paint Liners to represent the rich colours of African grasslands and Treasure Gold 'Brass' gilding wax to add some hints of African Sun. Here are some close ups of textureness (which is now a word, I thank you) -
And some more birdie -
And a full page view -
These are wonderful birds and one of my favourite species - although it's a BIG list of favourites - so I enjoyed this page. Dunno what the next one will be.... Ah well! Hope you like this even though the camera doesn't pick up the vivid colours - I'd recommend HUGELY adding a bit of layering and texture to backgrounds if you've not tried that yet - it creates such fun effects. If you have questionyness just comment below or just stop by and say hello as it's always fantastic to hear from you. Sending you some hugs and a little of the blue sky that's poking through the cloud layer today - spread some sunshine! xxxx