And thus began the "bird standing on paper" minimal background, used from this point onward on all non-white birds. I should add that although it looks a bit plain in comparison to the others, when the image is shrunken down to a few inches tall for the book, it hardly matters, and these look SHARP framed!! That really makes them pop!
Large Black Tailed Red Leghorns
8x10 inches each
colored pencil, graphite, ink
on tan paper
for the American Standard of Perfection
In other news we got a Christmas tree yesterday and decorated it today. And I baked more cookies. I call them "chicken sandwich cookies" because they are sandwich cookies with a chocolate filling, cut out in the shape of chickens. The name sometimes throws people though. Chicken sandwich...cookie? Better than it sounds!
I finished drawing the tail on the male silver Phoenix, whew! That's tough! Still need to do his legs and background and the whole female, and the golden pair... I'd wanted to be done by Christmas but I think that's impossible. Maybe just the silver pair. It's going to be a very busy weekend and next week is pretty nuts too!