Long Tailed Tit study, coloured pencil on Strathmore velum, 3.5″ x 2.5″
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Long Tailed Tit study, coloured pencil on Strathmore velum, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Sometimes all it takes to be inspired is a fleeting visit into the garden of a small bird and then nothing else will do but to do a piece of work on it. Such was the way with this one, a Long Tailed Tit. They’ll frequent the garden in amongst the shrubs and trees looking for small things to eat, but so far don’t go near the feeders. This does mean though that they’ll get much closer to the windows so I can get a closer look at them from the house: they are by far and away some of the most wonderful characters to enjoy, flitting around quickly in small groups and then vanishing as quickly as they arrived.

With this piece I tried to do something a little different, aside from using the velum surface paper. This one was blended out using Zest It before going back to work on the details, and then to emphasise the small fly-away feathers and strands from the body, I put a simple background in. I’m not honestly 100% sure about the background, but the bird itself I’m very happy with. I like the detail level and the character of the piece, and it shows off their small characterful presence as well as their acrobatic skills.

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