I've been working on some ideas for a crow, with color glazing in watercolor. My ultimate goal was to have the color shining through the black, so I decided to start with the highlights, and work backwards.
I first made a few pencil sketches to get familiar with the bird, and then added some watercolor in the sketchbook to see which colors I liked. I then picked my favorite to darken with Payne's Gray and Ultramarine.
This is the first in a series of crows I played with, at the suggestion of an admirer on Etsy. Thank you, dear friend, I really did enjoy the process. :-)