Monday, October 31, 2011

YOUNG EAGLE, PART 3

Here is the finished painting. Mostly it was a case of laying in more washes of watercolor building up tones and adding detail. I was careful no to go too dark with the plumage remembering the lessons learnt in the first of this series and in doing so retained a feeling of bright sunlight on the bird. The shadow under the beak that continues down the breast helps immensely here. So far I feel that this one is the most successful of the three and for the next one, I'm planning on doing something slightly different.
There is some difference in the color balance of this image in regards to the two previous posts probably because I photographed those stages outside while this one was done inside using photoflood lamps. The watercolor of this young Bald Eagle is 9" X 7.5".

5 comments:

john said...

Wonderful portrait. They were all great as far as I'm concerned. Good luck on the last of the set.

Peter Brown said...

You've rendered the light so well Jeremy, and the attitude of the head really adds another dimension; there's a real sense of the bird sizing something up in its field of vision.

Jeremy Pearse said...

Thanks John, I can't tell you how much joy I have had working on this series and feel truly thankful that I have the opportunity to spend my days doing so.

Jeremy Pearse said...

Peter, you have so well put into words my precise thoughts and feelings associated with this painting that I am left speechless.... thank you!

John said...

Great work... with the viewer's gaze just drawn to the bill and highlight in the eye...