step is to add the background. Because the bird is very
warm a cool Indigo background will give more impact.
Although the background looks simple and accidental, a
fair amount of thought must go into arranging tonal
contrast in the right places.
In order to draw attention to the area around the eye and
beak, the darkest part of the background is placed behind
the lightest part of the head. Below the dark beak and
behind the shadow on the back of the neck the background
is much lighter. Putting a slight diagonal thrust /
through the background also helps draw attention to the
head and balance the opposing diagonal of the bird \.
(1" Flat brush) softening the edges on
this background wash is made much easier when you place
an old towel under your work. It allows you to quickly
and simply adjust the amount of water in your brush.
Good luck and have fun with this