The original image is not 100% sharp sadly – the perils of handholding a heavy body and long lest but I love the pose and the sunlight highlighting the colours on his chest so much I don’t really care.
The background was pretty awful so first I had to try and select him out of it which turned out to be not possible with my current skill level so I did a vague selection around him and then spent AGES AND AGES masking out the bits I didn’t want. Making a major mistake and having to start again meant I got lots of practice at this, painting with a 2 pixel brush around the fine hairs and feathers!
Added some subtle grunge colour and texture as the background with a hint of text for extra interest. Then added a black rectangle blended with hard light I think and a drop shadow for that floating effect.
Worked really hard on this and learned a lot, I like the very simple clean look to this, the action is going on with the gorgeous bird, I just needed to set him off properly 🙂
Here is the original image for comparison
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