On this laaaaazy Sunday afternoon I decided to try drawing a bird for the first time. No, dear reader, in case it is reeeaally bad, it is not a budgie, or a magpie, or a seagull - it's a picture of a peacock!
The inspiration for this picture was from a photograph taken by my eldest son at Alma Park Zoo last year.
Originally Pete (the peacock - I like to give my creatures a name!) was drawn all by himself. A big, bright and bold creature on a burgundy background. I loved the colour contrast, but really didn't like the way Pete looked like he was floating in air. [Still I wasn't sure I should do something until a variance of words from the old The Muppet Show somehow came into my head - "It's... Peacocks In Sppppaaaaacccceeee!" That wouldn't do - something must be done!]
Because I can and I could, I decided to add lots of smudgy, tropically earthy background colour and gentle texture in an attempt to 'ground' Pete.
I kinda like it! I can't help but wonder, is it boring? Is it dynamic enough? Are peacock pictures a dime a dozen? Oh well, what's done is done - welcome to the family Pete!