Beautiful birds come to life in Sally Edmonds’ pastel portraits. The Australian artist uses numerous pastels and colored pencils to capture the vibrant plumage of parrots, wrens, roosters and other avian animals. Through meticulous blending and layering, she renders vivid profiles of birds that celebrate their individuality.
Originally from the UK, Edmonds emigrated to Australia with her husband where she eventually began working as a full-time artist. Her interest in birds as subjects was sparked when she began babysitting them and learning more about their unique personalities and ways. “Until you live with a bird, you don’t realize how individual and complex it is,” Edmonds told My Modern Met. “It has completely changed my life. I now have eight birds living with me and a career that I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams.
His portraits typically feature close-ups of the bird’s face, where Edmonds layers various shades of pastel and colored pencil to replicate the luster of their feathers and alert eyes. She tends to place the illustrations on a blank or uncluttered background so that the image of the bird is clearly emphasized, similar to a formal portrait a human would have. “I am endlessly fascinated and inspired by birds,” admits Edmonds. “They have a character and a whole life of their own. I try to show it in my work and hope that my genuine affection for them shines through. Plus, they’re dinosaurs, which is pretty cool.
You can buy Edmond’s fine art prints through his online store and keep up to date with his latest exhibitions by following the artist on Instagram.
Australian artist Sally Edmonds creates beautiful pastel bird portraits.
She captures their unique looks and personalities through her vibrant art.
She drew parrots, owls, wrens, sparrows and other birds.
The details of his pastel portraits are so realistic that it is easy to mistake them for photos.
Watch these videos to get a glimpse of his creative process:
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