The story behind the image:
I once heard a man on TV try desperately to describe what the jungle is actually like from his experience of living in it for a short time. He explained that he had come to understand the jungle to be one giant living breathing organism. The jungle is more than the sum of its parts and is more intricate and diverse than we fathom.
I found this bundle of grass in the road and instantly knew it was a candidate for my collection. The dense, intricate, tangled nature of it, and impenetrable dark centre, led this image to be a jungle theme.
While the jungle is full of life, it is for the most part small intricate and hidden. What it lacks in big substantial animals it makes up for in diversity of creatures. I have added a lot to the image but you have to work harder to find it.
With this in mind I went for a walk looking for a suitable feather. What I discovered that day is that there is no shortage of feathers if you look for them. I arrived home with a fistful of feathers, enough to build my own winged army. I selected one with just the right amount of form and movement for my intentions.
Adding the bird silhouettes in a natural organic and flowing way was far harder than I anticipated. It took me several attempts to achieve the look I wanted. But eventually I had something which led your eye and had enough flow to satisfy me. I am glad to say the image has been very well received so I feel it has been a success.
The intense blue colour came quite easily and naturally. I tend to use bright, vibrant and saturated colours as they reflect my optimistic outlook but this time I wanted to share my love for nature in a none ?preachy? way.