[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]
A commission done as gift from a son to his mom. The mandate was, "Please draw a girl with long hair riding a hummingbird - like you did with that girl riding that dragonfly."
I believed that was a worthwhile challenge.
The bird was the most challenging aspect to draw. I was trying to negotiate a technique in order to communicate that trademark way that hummingbirds' wings move. But I came to the conclusion that any sort of over-the-top rendering in order to achieve that effect would probably overshadow the primary read when looking at the image - which is the bird and the girl. Besides, it was a gift and I didn't want to do too much experimentation and discovery for fear of getting lost in the exercise, as opposed to drawing something decent that the guy's mom would appreciate hanging on the wall.
Feathers are wonderfully painful to draw.