Working on these I was going to use paint but it would chip when you over lapped the charcoal and it wouldn’t mix. So I switched to chalk and charcoal and for the eyes of the feathers I used colored pencils to give it a shine. I also scratched in the lines of the feathers, but you can’t see that much detail with the pictures I took. I went through series of tests because the Peahen is all white in real life so I had to depict my own base of color and something that wouldn’t look competing and at the same time luring to the eye but not fake. The white was very difficult because it kept mixing in with the black, every time you use white charcoal their’s this dust fall of chalk and you have to be very tedious, neat to keep it from mixing in with the black. So yes I spent some time on this to keep it from smudging from it’s self. Allot of blending and very fine work. I added metallic gold, blue and silver to give a shine.
Everything I have looked at all drawings and painting always show these birds in that alluring pose. I wanted to show their natural beauty in flit fighting. Wings open, mouths open and legs claws out. Something you don’t see when you are exhibiting something of this majestic beauty. Showcasing a a artistic perfection of fragile and innocent and at the same time confrontation and separation. To love are self for who are own inner beauty and free from self slave. Anyways some free expression.