I've created a step by step guide, using images and my next blog discusses my thoughts about composing a peace digitally and communicating with clients before, during and afterwards.
The above photo reference by Matthew Willimott of Unsplash
The drawing, outline traced
The first layer, never attractive!
Coming to life with the eyes in place
Building up colour and depth on the back of the bird
Painting the branch
When it comes to adding splashes, I always use colours that I’ve used in the piece and keep the larger splashes towards the subject, getting progressively smaller as they move to the edge of the piece. I always keep clean water and tissue nearby in case any of them land in an unwanted space!!