Thursday, 4 July 2013

It Is Not Only Fine Feathers That Make Fine Birds

Here is the complete illustration I created for one of my personal favourite Aesop fables 'The Jay and the Peacock'.

Link:   The Jay and the Peacock

I took the moral 'it is not only fine feathers that make fine birds' in an illustrative sense- how it could illustrate the fable in an understanding way.

My process:

Original pencil design. Jay bird silhouette filled out with Peacock feather design.


Draw over lines with pen tool in Photoshop using appropriate tones.


Complete design with line colour and a touch of shading



Final design complete with the moral as text. White background to make the text and image stand out. The lines appear to be more detailed and visible on this background.