Now I leave my bottle for a time to paint in the ground my bottle is standing on.
I use a brush with medium opacity and just lie colour down without much attention to detail - again, this isn't a focus area, and too much detail in unimportant areas draws the eye where you don't want it to go.
Later on, when the rest of the picture is closer to complete, I'll tweak this, but for now, I really don't want to be fussy or I'll over-work it.
Now my bottle needs a cork!
Using a small brush, and once again, starting with the shadows first, I paint one in.
Using a medium soft brush on medium to high opacity, I block in the rough shape of feathers.
I'm not being fussy here, as refining feathers is a messy business, and it'll all look ok in the end as I refine.
I refine the shape of the feathers, adding in highlights and shape.
I add in the bolder highlights and finer detail. I make some parts of the feathers "fluffy" with the smudge tool and a tiny, tiny brush.
The background needs attention now, and using a wide range of brushes in a range of opacities and colours, I build depth through variation. The futher away anything is, the less saturated in appears to the eye. For this reason, I'm using a mix of saturations and textures.
I decide to add some extra feathers, a crow in the distant background, tweak some highlights and shading, and I'm done!!
The finished picture...