Artist's Drawing and Inspiration

Aussie Icons The Laughing Kookaburra


Firstly I applied a very pale blue soft pastel (gently rubbed in with my finger) to the background immediately around the birds and the very small foliage. This allows the detailed edges to remain clear when colour is applied, I find this method means I don’t have to put back any detail lost when I put in the rest of the background.

Next I applied very dark

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