As winter drew in, I worked around the clock to complete my first portrait of a cockatoo. One of my backyard buddies, this bird generally makes an appearance around springtime. I carefully picked the eucalyptus blossom as the flora of choice to be paired […]
Inspired by the wattle season last year, I decided to attempt my very first portrait of a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo peering through a wattle bloom. My original colour palette relied on various yellow tones to evoke the brilliant burst of flowering golden wattles, however, by the end of the month I was looking at a very somber retro colour palette.
Although this illustration has been an absolute labour of love, I found myself fretting over this bird’s bewildering feather patterns until it was time to be delivered to the gallery. The composition, design of the flowers and various patterns have been inspired by traditional Japanese pine motifs that are commonly used in textiles.
Wattle Dreaming (2020) Featuring a Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo peering through a wattle bloom; this unframed art print is completely hand drawn using Japanese Copic multiliner pens with very fine nibs (.05, .03 and .3) and Faber Castell’s polychromos colour pencils. Read about my unique process […]