Feathers McBeaky – Ill Equipped For The City
I really like this character. Feathers McBeaky is a brightly feathered bird (genus unknown) who has spent far too long in the big, dirty city. Looking slightly dishevelled, a little oily and wearing a tatty scarf, he’s going about his business of surviving in the large urban sprawl.
There is something deliciously exciting about having created the initial line drawing of any illustration. Knowing that you are about to embark on a journey of detailing and colour forming, making decisions about the mood and feel of where you want the artwork to go. There are times when I work differently, where I paint and/or illustrate in a manner that doesn’t require a strong line drawing at the outset. But more often than not my style often follows the procedure of line drawing then colouration, adding of textures, shaping of the composition and all other components that go into making the imagery. In this case I have also added a graphic element such as text placement using a bold font and then blending that graphic aspect into the image.
Every image that you produce as an artist is its own journey. Even if you have a set style or a certain way of doing something. Each new image is a brand new experience by virtue of the fact that it is a brand new piece of artwork and therefore to a certain extent, a new experience. I feel that I always learn something new each and every time I create an image. Which is a good reason to create more and more imagery. Maybe the best reason.
It’s my intention to do a lot more character illustrations based on fauna. Birds and fish especially I think. Watch this space.
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