Male Asian Fairy Bluebird

Male Asian Fairy Bluebird

Common Name: Asian Fairy Bluebird
Scientific Name: Irena puella
Exhibit: Aviary
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: August 27, 2011
Observation: This bird is quite beautiful and has a strong call. Unfortunately I found it hard to get the right color of blue in this picture. First off my camera could not capture the slight purple tint that my eyes saw. And second, I had originally drawn the blue to be much lighter which while there was more detail I found it not to my liking. Usually birds do not take me so long to draw, but I ended up getting frustrated when working on the blue feathers. The rest of the bird however turned out great in my opinion. I find it hard to believe that it took me a whole year almost to the day to finish another bird (Scarlet Ibis was finished August 28, 2010). Hopefully I will not spend that long on the next bird, or at least not get as frustrated with it.