I decided to do something personal for Mother's Day this year. Usually it's flowers, or something from American Spoon. I went with American Spoon, but afterwards, decided to try a piece of art...this way, at least Mom receives something, even if it isn't art
Mom loves birds, so I started a peacock. All in black pen, as usual, but this time I was going to add a bit of overlay color - pink and yellow are her favorites.
This project was a bitch from the beginning. The pose I chose was the peacock's tail down, mostly facing the viewer, and the head/neck twisted into a profile. It took me about 4 times to get the head how I wanted, and even then it looked like a velociraptor with a beak. These things have such teensy heads in comparison to their bodies, and on the page it just looked weird. So, OK, I'll call it a pealociraptor.
The body...I should've researched more before starting. I had no idea how complicated the textures on this bird was, but tbh, I would've done it anyway.
Sadly, after 16 hours of pretty amazing work, for my skills anyway, or lack of as the case may be, I've killed the peacock. I made two critical errors. The first I fixed with clever thinking (and admittedly, a little storytelling - hey, why be a writer if I can't do that?). The second error, on its own, would've been fine, but because of the first error, there was no way to fix it, unless I just want to color the entire page black and hope for the best
I did try restarting three times last night, but it wasn't happening. So, trying again today - but the peacock remains dead. Someday I would like to try one again, no doubt, but not for this Mother's Day.
Have a good weekend all!