I took this one this afternoon just because black feathers in their early stages are kind of interesting.
And here's one from tonight. The lower part of the wing is not done.
I've been thinking a lot about limited edition prints, and as much as I dislike the gimmicky aspect (as a REAL printmaker, I know that the only reason to limit printing of "copy prints" is marketing), I think I'm going to go for it. Why? Well, exactly because of the marketing aspect. People expect limited edition prints, galleries accept them, they command a higher price than open-edition prints, and I can't do this on commissions alone. I certainly would not print every image I do, but in the future there will be drawings that go that route, and this Aseel is likely to be the first of them. And the original is for sale. Have I mentioned I'm totally excited about this drawing? :-) I am making him pretty darn perfectly-marked, more so than I intended but that just seems to be what comes naturally to me. I am not working from a reference photo. Well sort of, a hodge podge of different pics photoshopped together, but I do not have a photograph of a bird this color in this pose, or even or a bird this color in this breed, or a bird this color that's this well marked. It's all in my head I guess!