Keel Billed Toucan Painting

Tried something new in my painting. Instead of doing my usual tribal style, I decided to attempt something that would help sharpen my realism skill level. Here are the process photos.

Early stage. I had laid down flat base colors and was working on the foliage in the background.

Early stage. I had laid down flat base colors and was working on the foliage in the background.

Starting to add more definition to foliage. Some highlights to the toucan as well.

Starting to add more definition to foliage. Some highlights to the toucan as well.

More work on the foliage highlights, and work on the toucan's beak. Adjusting some shades of the bird's yellow chest.

More work on the foliage highlights, and work on the toucan’s beak. Adjusting some shades of the bird’s yellow chest.

Nearly done. More work on foliage highlights and shadows. More overall highlighting on the toucan's body.

Nearly done. More work on foliage highlights and shadows. More overall highlighting on the toucan’s body.

Finally done, after adding some dark blue for shadows in the foliage, and finishing final toucan colors.

Finally done, after adding some dark blue for shadows in the foliage, and finishing final toucan colors.

I’m pretty happy with how this 12″ x 16″ turned out. Nice and colorful while still reflecting accurate colors/shades of the toucan. The background was done from scratch with no reference.

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