Bright Red Cardinal Illustration

cardinal illustration
cardinal illustration

This is a detailed airbrush illustration of a cardinal I created. I love how bright they are. They have a day-glow orange beak and bright red plumage. Their color scheme is really brash when most birds have evolved to blend in to their environment for survival. Having an ipad pro lets me make freehand marks that look natural. You can see the difference between my old way of painting where all of my shapes are based on the vector pen tool and how the ipad lets me draw shapes that look like crunchy clumps of feathers. You can also see the new level of detail in the cardinals beard where the tiny black feather shapes look less mechanical.