Puffins are funny looking birds! I have been meaning to add one to the collection for a while but could not get the composition right. Having two together seemed to be the solution. That beak was the problem for me! So a bit of heavy stylisation was the way forward.
Here you can see the first couple of sketches.
Then after I had drawn it out on watercolour paper (somerset Waterford 300gsm NOT) I added Cerulean Blue and Ultramarine.
Once had the blue more or less down it was onto the Quiderchrine Gold, This colour is awesome! this is on the other is other side of the colour wheel to the blues so really works well!
I wanted to keep the colour palette limited blues and yellows and avoid a colour riot. so Had to be careful wit the beak and the feet, but in the end they kind of balanced each other out!
Find out about the Puffins on Drangey Island in Skagafjörður in Iceland on this post
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Written in ‘The Annals of Five Emperors’, during the reign of Emperor Huang, some 4000 years ago, it is said that the mighty ruler would keep Giant Pandas for the purpose of fighting. In an ancient Chinese legend, again dating back some 4000 years, it tells of how a tribal leader named Huangdi once wielded wild animals to defeat a neighbouring tribe. Amongst the fearsome animals who bravely went into battle were leopards, tigers… and Pand
So this one has been a long time coming! All the paints out of the tin for this one! It took a long time and I was glad when it was done!