Saturday, May 9, 2009


The Shag used to be a rare visitor from the rocky coasts of the North Sea. The last few years it has been observed more often and even been recorded breeding on remote islands on the Swedish west coast. This illustration is for the signs at Kosterhavet Marine National Park.


Szabi said...

Really nice light watercolour!!
My personal opinion is that shiny birds can be much better depicted with watercolour. The shining plumage looks much better and lifelike with transparent paint than with opaque.
And your adult Shag is really shining!

Måns Sjöberg said...

Thanks, Szabi! I agree with you - watercolours are outstanding for shiny birds and also for all kinds of atmospheric effects. For this painting I used Blue Lake, the one you recommended, for the head of the adult bird. The other colours are Schmincke's Chrome Green and Ivory Black.