Phew, it’s not even noon yet here in Brighton and I’ve already managed to finish my daily illustration – it does help to get up early – I’ve never been a morning person and I struggle with any kinds of tasks in the morning (even putting a coffee on the hob!) let alone come up with creative ideas or steadily holding a brush…it usually takes me at least three or four ink versions till I’m happy with the drawing.
I continue with the theme of Amazon birds, there are so many varieties ( or there still are so many varieties till we completely destroy their habitat) so it’s an almost inexhaustible source of visual material.
This beautiful bird attracted my attention ( in a book on Amazon forest by Michael Goulding) , especially that striking lapis lazuli-like intense blue, my favourite colour.
I chose a contrasting background to bring out the colour of the bird.
Hyacinth macaw : classified as vulnerable due to the loss of the habitat
…and sketches for the illustration
And the inked sketch (drawn over a lightbox)