I really enjoyed painting these sparrows, as I took a different approach! Instead of sketching them out first, they are painted spontaneously, and it’s easier than you think!
Firstly I rounded up a collection of reference photos I had taken of these gorgeous sparrows. Then instead of sketching them out first, I just blocked in their overall shapes. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to do this, than getting bogged down in trying to get the sketch right. Then I used a mircron pen (insoluble ink) to sketch a few details starting with their beaks and eyes. The next step was to use some soluble ink, like the Elegant Styler calligraphy marker to mark out some wings. Finally to finish off, a few strokes of a wet brush to move around some of this soluble ink.
That’s it! I was quite happy with the result, and only wish it wasn’t on a scrap piece of paper, going right to the edges. Ahh well, I’ll just have to start again. 🙂