Whimbrel (completed)

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I picked up the Whimbrel again after several days working late at the office. Those of you who paint or draw probably know how hard it is to pick up a project again after the unfinished piece has been sitting there waiting for you… Someone asked me how I approached all the coverts and scapulars on this bird… I began I blocking out feather groups in pale gray, and then began filling the dark centers with various shades of cool brown tones. When it began to look correct to me I defined the feather edges along feather groups with confident strokes of a No.2 pencil. My technique is a bit sketchy, and probably not terribly accurate, but I enjoy the motion the quick strokes create.

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