Monday, June 22, 2015

A Scarlet Tanager Surprise

This ink and watercolor piece is an entry for Susanna Hill's Illustrator Contest.  The prompt is "Discovery", and I am so incredibly excited!!!  There are already some wonderful entries and I can't wait to see the others.

I don't want to say too much about this piece because I want to leave room for the viewers' imaginations and interpretations, but I will say that scarlet tanagers are not very common birds, and for a young birdwatcher to happen upon an entire tree of them is rare.



30 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Heather! I love the way those gorgeous scarlet birds pop from the illustration, and what a wonderful thing to discover! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!

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    1. Thank you Susanna! I had so much fun planning what to draw.

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  2. So retro! I really like this and your use of colour.

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  3. Pretty style, Heather! Great job!

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  4. You had me at the proper bird name! Love this piece!

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  5. This is great Heather. I love the ink and watercolor. And, as Teresa said, the proper bird name.

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  6. Lovely use of ink and watercolor!

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  7. Love the balance and how the birds really stand out. Fantastic, Heather!

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  8. Lovely! Good energy of excitement.

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  9. What a lovely discovery a tree full of beautiful birds, there certainly is a story there!

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  10. What a fun illustration! I've spotted scarlet tanagers before only one or two at a time. Love the textures your've created with the ink and the boy!

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    1. That's awesome! They are such lovely birds. Thank you so much.

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  11. Another favorite. I love the limited pallette. The birds are lovely. It makes me want to learn more about them. I love rare things.

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    1. Thank you Angela!! They are intriguing birds to be sure.

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  12. Your illustrations are always a pleasant surprise. I really like this one. Excellent use of b/w-color to tell your story!

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