More birds…

I find illustration very enjoyable, perhaps because there are no rules, in fact a complete disregard for proportion and perspective can often lead to a whole new narrative… I like birds but enjoy creating bird-like images more than drawing the real thing because I can take all the time in the world within my imagination but a real bird only stays still for an instant.  I had some of the collage paper left over after using it on a life drawing last week (in the previous post) and used it to create this odd collection of birds in an A5 sketchbook.  I painted the page with a dilute acrylic wash of the colours used in the collage paper (green and copper metallics, and ultramarine).   The birds were cut out mainly without drawing and being guided as far as possible by marks in the paint that suggested feathers perhaps, or a beak. 

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