Arctic Loon (back pattern completed)

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The juvenile Arctic Loon portrait advances a bit. I’ve added the back pattern and completed much of the above-surface area of the bird. You may notice I’ve intensified the outline around the subject. Contrary to much advice I’ve read, I like defining the structure of the bird with a strong outline. Maybe it’s because I imagine how these images will look when reduced to field guide image size… Anyway, when I look at it again in the morning, I’m sure I’ll have doubts about what I’ve done. Still ahead is the below-the-surface (legs primarily), and the ripples of water. This has been a long project for me… 

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