California Condor study 2

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California Condor. A little farther… but still much work ahead.

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Yellow Rail 3

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Yellow Rail,┬áthe portrait is at a very ugly stage in the process. A few base colors laid down, refined structure, and well… it’s not there yet. The back pattern is very cryptic, and hard for me to get a handle on. I’m not convinced the colors I’ve selected are going to work. I anticipate lots of erasing tomorrow….

Yellow Rail 1

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I never draw anything I haven’t seen… no matter how much I want to. So I thought since I’d just drawn a Black Rail, I might try something a little brighter…. like maybe Yellow. The story of how Cricket and I saw the Yellow Rail, a nearly mythic bird, will come later. For now, all I have is the initial lines and a general composition.