365 Days of Art: Day 236 – Finished Cassowary

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

I finished the cassowary tonight. It actually became an experiment. I purchased some Mars Lumograph pencils, and I wanted to try them out.

  • I added in a background. It’s really boring, and I’m not sure if I like it. It’s basically a few layers of pencil, blended. I think I would have done better to leave it or to imitate the reference picture’s background. I also now have some aquarelle pencils, and I think using those to do a background wash might be a good idea for next time.
  • I added feathers. I used the 6B pencil. I also tried to use a Tombow mono zero eraser on the feathers, but it smudged more than erased. I’m wondering if the 6B pencil was too much for it.
  • I used the 6 be to darken the black areas of the bill. This took out some of my detail, and I tried to add it back in.

Here it is:

Here is the reference photo:

My daughter had a fever today, so I have one more day with her at home, and then I can get her back in school. Until then, nothing gets done around the house.

Have a great evening, everyone!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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