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Quite a few birthdays fall in March. The first one is that of a bird-loving friend, who is studying birds for her PhD. For her birthday I made a card for her with an adorable Kentish Plover (Charadrius Alexandrius).

Card detail

Kentish Plover

I got inspiration for the bird from a beautiful collection of bird photos. The website is in Dutch, but it is easy to navigate. I came across the Kentish Plover in a variety of poses and finally settled on this one. The technique I used is very simple: I sketched the bird with pencil, selectively went over the lines with a uniball gel pen and then achieved a water colour effect by going over the lines and shading with a wet paintbrush. I learnt this technique at least five years ago in an art class and its still useful.

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