It's pretty obvious Chapter 2 shouldn't have been this long. I've had some health issues at the beginning of 2019 slow my progress with this project. It's a long story -- but the good news is that I am back on track, and the Indiana Arts Commission was kind enough to allow me an extension to finish my project.
Apparently, I'm much faster at reading and taking quizzes than I am drawing and painting. I'm much farther in my reading than it looks, so I'm going to have to catch up quickly from here to be able to complete on-time.
While I am already done with Chapter 1 and its quizzes, I thought at least I'd show some of the sketches I've been working on from the beginning. This book introduced me to the Club-winged Manakin, which I am completely enchanted with. They choose the right species to start the book with, as it reminds us bird-lovers why these animals are so special. This bird, native to South America, uses specialized feathers to create sound! Here's a video of the bird displaying:
Here are a few sketches I created to celebrate this bird and get a better visual of their unique feathers:
|Club-winged Manakin Sketch, graphite, 9x12|
|In-Progress: Club-winged Manakin (feather detail) Sketch, graphite, 9x12|
|Photo reference from: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/feathers-article/club-winged_manakin_feather/|