Laughing Kookaburra – Finished!
My drawing of a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is now finished! Coloured pencil on hot-pressed watercolour paper.
This species is one of Australia’s most iconic birds and they are famous for their distinctive laughing call. They are common throughout eastern Australia as well as in Tasmania and south-west Western Australia.
Three progress shots can be seen below to illustrate how this one developed…
I always tend to start colouring the eyes and face first as I find it the most exciting and rewarding part! I start with the base layers of light colour before gradually adding the darker shades. I think this comes from my watercolour painting days.
With the head more or less finished I can start on the more complex colours and shapes of the body. I leave the finer details until the end.
This photo shows the Kookaburra more or less half-way finished, I’m usually quite keen to finish the drawing at this stage so have to hold myself back from rushing it!