Edited by clinton9 - 11/7/11 at 9:58pm
Before I use the paints & brushes, I have to do drawings and use the coloured pencils, to get idea of what 18 races & 6 subspecies of dragonbirds look like.
When I have completed all illustrations of all races & subspecies of dragonbirds, using colouring pencils, I start use the paints and brushes to do painting.
First: adult IB peacocks, now done.
Second: adult male dragonbirds-still working on, 15 more races, plus 6 subspecies.
(3 races done-Siamese imperator,Tonkin imperator, Cardamon)
Third: adult IB peahens
Fourth: adult female dragonbirds. 18 races, plus 6 subspecies.
Congo peafowl will be last illustrations as it is very difficult for you to find photoes of fully open wings (both upperside and underside) of adult male Congo peafowl and photoes of open wings of female adult Congo peafowl, even more difficult to find.
The lesser known giant peafowl (pavo antiqus), seems we did not got so much photoes of giant peafowls.
I do not know about colours of primaries, wing coverts & plumages of pavo antiqus and pavo antigus may be the last dragonbirds to be illustrated by me. Need datas/photoes of pavo antiqus.
How can pavo antiqus deqenisis be told from pavo antiqus antiqus ???
Once I finished making illustrations with dragonbirds, IB peafowls, I do Great Argus first before I do Congo peafowls.
But if there are no photoes of opened mounted wings of adult male Great Argus, I will not able to make correct wing-shape on wings of flying Great Argus, my drawing of flying bird were not correct, with inner primaries too short.
Museums and zoos are good way to find wings & skins of birds and to study the alive birds.