A friend found this beautiful (male) Bullfinch and gave it to me to draw. It was another rare opportunity to examine a wild bird closely. This was the second sketch as I wanted to get it right - or until I felt ok with the drawing. The beak of the Bullfinch is designed for voraciously eating buds and fruit, the orange of its feathers is almost equal parts magenta and yellow...
Outline sketch and first brush work - (acrylic paint)
At this point I wasn't happy with it.
Its coming on Samantha - as my art teacher at school would say (usually when I'd finished).
...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.