Scottish and Parrot Crossbills, I have not seen either species yet, but familiarity with Common Crossbill helps to get the character and posture for similar species.
Several months ago I was contacted about the posibility of illustrating some species for an ambitious project to map all the European Breeding Birds. It was a great opportunity to work in such a publication and I was delighted to be a part of it. I was a little slow to respond and was very fortunate that some of the species I sent forward as examples of work were still free. After a busy few months and with the move to Donegal complete, I can now finally sit down and complete my list of subjects.
I was very lucky to have Europes largest colony of Roseate Tern’s on my doorstep in Dublin. These illustrations were submitted as an example of work but the species was already booked by another artist. I can’t wait to see how others take on the project.
I still have not settled on the final illustration or pose for several of the species, and I am contemplating adding some more background to work already completed. I often struggle to maintain a consistancy in my style, that I am still trying to find a way of painting that I am confident and comfortable with. Each time that I pick up the paint brush I usually have something in mind that is totaly different to how it ends up. I am however hoping that each of the illustrations maintain a certain character and that each one can be easily picked out as my work. Hopefully focussing on a project without interuption for the first time in a few years will help.