Today I stepped away from sketching to try something new. I’ve seen a lot of work lately that uses a regular photo and with a little color, texture, and blending, end up with a pretty fabulous piece of art. I thought I would give it a try, so I uploaded a photo I found of a grackle.
I didn’t want to use the background in the image as the browns and tans did nothing to bring out the gorgeous colors of the bird. Working with a separate canvas I pulled the colors of the bird and started adding some texture. After some blending here, highlighting and smudging there, this is the end result. I’m loving it.
I wanted to do more than just erase the background. If I did, then all I would have is a stark photo of the grackle. They might be fine. In fact, with the bird having so many colors, having a dark background might have been pretty. It’s just not the affect I was going for.
I wanted to soften the edges a little and have the bird, textures and colors blend together. I know I need to work on my technique a little, but I was too excited to wait. I just had to post about it. What do you think?