Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not a Bird

Not a bird at all!

Unicorn Portrait, Acrylic on 1.75" wide Canada Goose feather.

A unicorn based on a scruffy looking pony I saw recently. I loved the wild look to him. This was done as a Christmas gift to someone; equines are not my expertise by a long shot but I still had fun painting this one. :)


  1. Great feather art Jennifer. Great blog.

  2. One thing I've noticed - when you draw or paint things you're not 'an expert' on (such as equines), you're still able to 'see' the figure of the animal well enough to create an accurate painting. That's a very important skill to have, especially in the world of wildlife art.

    It seems like you see the essence of the animal instead of obsessing on the individual parts (eye, muzzle, ear, nostril...) one at a time, which is what successful artists are able to do. In figure drawing, we're told to see the shapes, the negative space, the weight of the figure rather than naming individual parts and focusing on those. THEN, once we have the 'essence' down, we can focus on the eyes, or the nose. It's a hard skill to have, and I know I don't have it yet, but it makes me glad to see your work is so successful in many regards.