For this one I reached back into my memory of a youth spent in the underbrush and sage hills of the Norther California's Sonora region. Besides the diamond back snakes that thickly inhabit that area this little forest floor dwelling bird also makes its home.
I can recall as a child frequently scaring up whole families of these birds from the brush in the forest dry hill sides all around my home. Even as a youngster I found them fascinating. Whether it was their distinct calls or that funky puff of plumage they sport on their forehead, I couldn't tell you why but they are just interesting creatures.
I started this project as most, with a very simple drawing of the outlines and little details that make this bird so special. I then once again begin to add in the paint layer by layer until I have built a good base layer to start from before dropping in the details.
Watercolor on paper
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