Here is the finished painting:
Here are the progression photos. I start with a sketch from some reference photos. Then lay down light washes of color.
Add more light washes of colors in different shades. I use a wet paper towel to dab up areas that may have gotten too dark.
Here I have added more texture and details. The fan brush is great to use for texture and so are these wisp brushes(these aren't the exact brand that I have but they look like this) . I use a teeny tiny brush for details.
I ended up going back into the birds with white acrylic paint because I wanted stronger highlights.
Then, I added some drips and splashes of paint to frame the birds. Which do you like better.. with the drips or without?
The paints I used for this painting are: Angora Watercolor Pan Set Crayola Artista II Watercolor Set
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