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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
WIP - Andean Condor
I have had the reference photo for this drawing for several years now, and I am finally getting around to drawing it. This is the Andean condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world (I think the albatross has a longer wingspan, but the condor is bigger overall). My reference photo was, of course, taken at the zoo, but the sun was fairly high in the sky. For this drawing, I am trying to move the sun to a lower angle to mimic early morning. This is proving challenging as I have to invent new shadows and highlights.
While the bird is mostly in place, I still need to work on building up the shadows in the body - especially lower body - and the right wing. The bird is mostly black but the strong morning sun should produce some bright highlights. Overall it is too light as it is now.
From there, I still need to work on the clouds a bit and finish the foreground.