Birds in general catch my eye instantly where ever I travel. Sketching out the outline in pencil first makes it easier for me to compose the image on to the page. I work with Caran Dache colored pencils to capture all the vibrant and contrasting colors on the bird which shows my love for birds and nature.
As my work develops the combination between soft and bright colors on the body and feathers create balance and depth. To create that balance I work in color stages from light to dark.
The colors on the Lilac breasted roller worked beautifully and I was impressed with the final outcome. The colors tones and detail on this piece inspired me the most !