Incremental progress, I just felt like documenting. Working on on how to handle those lovely streaks down the neck. They seem to fly out from some central point located near the base of the bill.
The Greater Roadrunner seems to have poked it’s nose in the room. Stepping back and considering how to coax the rest of him in… I’ll focus on the base colors and shadows now.
I didn’t like where I left the drawing last night. Urgent tonight is getting more “presence” in the head and face. Struggling to do it, but making progress slowly.
I made a little progress on the Greater Roadrunner last night. Adjustments included repositioning of legs and tail, more certainty on the general outline and structure of the bird, a more detail on the head and initial work on feather pattern. Next will be some base colors and shadows.
The next step is to give the subject some mass. The outline is kept faint so I can adjust it before any shadows or base colors are added. It’s exciting at this point, but there’s so much work left to do, particularly with this bird’s complex pattern. At least the structure is beginning to work.
This is how I begin a sketch. Usually, I get a bit further before I share my work, but I thought it might be fun to show it at this stage. Can you see a bird in these scribbles?
Least Bittern female based on a field sketch and photo reference.