Here is a quick painting of a couple of European roller birds having some squishy insect supper! I made this image using watercolour, ink, coffee and pigment. I’m still struggling with realism, I’m getting tired of creating dead imagery with loud colour and would like to create a piece with a little more depth and contrast. Fear keeps me in my comfort zone with image making and I aspire to make work which identifies with the actual subject matter and doesn't resemble a shallow caricature. More practice needed!
I also made a rhinoceros illustration, which also features the European roller! In this image I have used the above materials but in addition to some oozy ink drips and a gouache wash in the background to hide the mistake of a sunset I created.