I recently illustrated the cover for an upcoming book Freedom Poems, published by Poetry Wivenhoe.
The drawing had to illustrate a sense of freedom while also illustrating the location of Poetry Wivenhoe. The black headed gull is very common in Wivenhoe so I chose a flying black headed gull as the motif.
The illustration was created in watercolour and then overlaid with uni-pin pen.
The book will be released on September 28th.
This fortnight’s bird may be rather mundane to some but to me it’s rather special.
Essentially we share our home town with the black headed gull, you only have to walk around the corner from our house and you’ll see these critters flying about or picking at the Wivenhoe mud. They make a great racket too, especially if you’re having chips on the quay!
So if you haven’t seen my bird of the fortnight posts before then what I do is start the week with three black and white pen sketches. I then finish the week with a worked up colour watercolour and ink drawing. Join me on Friday to see the final illustration.