This is a large mixed media piece completed over the last 3 days. I used graphite pencils, Graphitint pencils, coloured pencils and watercolours on a full A2 sheet of 140lb NOT watercolour paper. I based the Hornbill on a reference photograph from the Paint My Photo website, taken when he was scrounging food at a picnic area in the Kruger National Park. For my painting I decided to put him in a more naturalistic setting.
I haven't used my Graphitint pencils for quite a while, I find them tricky to use but thought this bird might be ideal for the limited selection of colours I have, so decided to give them another outing. I think the mixture of media works well with the bird not being very colourful, the different texture and effect of the pencils helps him stand out a bit from the watercolour, which I've kept quite loose.