I actually have a few picture I’ve never shown. Some of them needed more work. I’m always wary about trying to fix something because as often as not, more work takes a pretty good piece and ruins it. You really need to know when to put down the pencils or brush and back away. Once in a while, you look at the piece and say, “Oh, I just need to fix that head shape.” You fix it and suddenly, it’s okay.
So the Goldfinch has been waiting a while for me to figure out what to do with his head. The woodpecker is new, though since he is drawn from the same photograph I used for the first woodpecker, there’s a strong resemblance.