Recently I've been doing pieces for commissions and to be printed in anthologies, but its been a while since I've done a picture for me and my own enjoyment. So I drew my favorite local dove, Espiritu Santo, of whom you can read about on this post here.
I love Josh Cochran's work, especially the sense of chaos in his city scenes, and took inspiration from his wacky perspective, composition, and limited color scheme. My goal was to communicate a sense of the urban clutter of my neighborhood. Honestly, the worst offenders of visual noise are the wires.
Big loops and clusters of them (I think they are telephone and internet cables and not dangerous live wires that can electrocute you). They criss cross over the streets and get tangled in the trees. BUT! The best part of wires is the birds that perch on them by the dozen.
Keeping all these things in mind, I scribbled out various compositions and chose my favorite, one that used lines and angled shapes to draw the reader's eye straight to the big dove on the line.
Then, with the composition open on my computer, I got out pencil and paper and redrew it traditionally, then finally dragged out the old lightbox and went over the lines in micron:
The birds are missing here because I drew them on a second sheet and merged the two in Clip Studio Paint. To decide on color scheme, I went through quite a few options, settling finally on a red and blue scheme that I really admired from one of Cochran's pieces.
Finally, putting each color on a separate layer, I colored and finished the final piece.
And that's the story, morning glory! I've already used this picture as the back image for my business cards, but I cropped it a bit so the whole picture didn't have to get shrunk down so small.