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 I 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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With the exception of artists, inventors, and teenagers - we humans are diurnal daytime creatures on the whole, and although it’s one thing to be out and about during the night in a street lit urban environment, it’s a very different scenario if you find yourself in, say… oh, I don’t know, a forest per se. Where, if you’re lucky, you may hear the unmistakable cry or hoot of an Owl: natures very own nocturne, a stark reminder of the unknown peril of night, and a creature that has featured heavily in myth and folklore throughout the ages.