Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

Coy Duck (digital, WIP)

After living on a sailboat for seven months, I’ve developed a friendly relationship with a sweet pair of Mallard Ducks. They were wary at first, but after repeated feedings and sweet-talking, they are our little pets. I see them a few times a day, either paddling their feet in the water up to the back of the boat, or what has happened a lot more recently, they’re standing on the dock, waddling up to me and eating food straight from my hand. How cute is that? Because I obviously adore these animals, and have a million pictures of them on my phone already (lots of reference pictures,) I decided to make a drawing of the female duck.

The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn't she have a sweet face?
The low resolution original of a drawing taken from a reference photo. Doesn’t she have a sweet face?

 

I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly.
I increased the resolution from my original line drawing, and reoriented her slightly. There is still a lot of work to do, but the building blocks are happening.

 


Using the drawing I have so far, I’m just playing with some colors. I want to get a feel for how the rest of this drawing is going to work. I am asking myself some stylistic questions.

  • Or shall I take it to a realistic level?
  • Do I want to keep it minimalist?
  • Should I do a line art against a solid background?
  • Will it be a line drawing?

I don’t know the answers to these questions yet, but I’m keeping them in my thoughts as I’m working.


Here are some simple color choices, for fun:

Coy Duck - Blue 02
A light blue duck.

 

A yellow (ochre) duck.
A yellow (ochre) duck.

 

A red (rust) colored duck.
A red (rust) colored duck.

 


 

I have some decisions to make about what direction this is heading. I also need to spend time cleaning up the lines that represent her feathers. I am many processes away from being able to color her, so it’s nice to play with colors and be loosely brainstorming them before my line-clean up / decision-making process. The little glimmer of instant-color satisfaction is very heartening to me. More on Miss Duck to come! Quack, quack.

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