Mr pheasant Pressed fern
There are a lot of pheasants where I live. They wander around, often looking too lazy to fly. Sometimes I see them by the edges of fields in groups as large as 10, as I go past on the train. Their shape lends itself wonderfully to the fronds of fern. The red and orange colours of their feathers were perfect for me to do in the winter, as I was just taking out my autumn pressings.
The following pictures show the process from sketching design and planning colour placements to final piece.
Placing first shapes
Done a (really) little bit #Fern #xacto #leaf A photo posted by helen (@helenahpornsiri) on
Filling out the chest
Detailing goes in between larger pieces
Adding some tiny details #Fern #wip #art #botanical #herbarium #xacto A photo posted by helen (@helenahpornsiri) on
Probably about 6 hours in…
Moving into the tail, setting up the shape with bigger pieces of fern. As you can see, I keep my desk really tidy.
My desk, also know as Fern Town. #Fern #wip #pheasant #bird #illustration #herbarium #ferntown A photo posted by helen (@helenahpornsiri) on
Just the head and the feet left!
After the best part of 20 hours slicing and glueing, it is finished.
I think Mr. pheasant is finished! #fern #pheasant #bird #herbarium #leaves #nature #wildlife #feather #art #artwork #illustration A photo posted by helen (@helenahpornsiri) on
Here is his little head…
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