Here is the first progress shot of the griffon vulture. As mentioned before, I am working quickly since I have this and two other paintings to finish within the week!
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After looking at my previous illustrations, I realized all my lighting was shining right on the figure. This is the first I've done where I've experimented with backlighting. I think it creates a more interesting overall tone.
And the papyrus is giving me quite a bit of trouble. I think I'm going to have to break out the white gouache for this, but I think I can make it work.