My first-of-season Cardinal Meadowhawk male, just arrived last week. I wanted to show this drawing at an earlier stage so it might be more obvious how I work, but the color and excitement of the portrait got away from me. The animal’s posture was defined with faint No2 pencil, and the bold color areas were then added with several red pencils. The details and much of the dimensional shading is still missing. I don’t want to get too hung up on the wing details, but they will be more defined than this stage suggests. More to come!