This project is the result of the first two assignments of the Magic Box course at the Oatley Academy, on online digital art course initiated by Chris Oatley.
The brief was to combine a painting of an old master with dramatic lighting and combine it with an animal. I chose“Jeune femme à la perruche“ by Frédéric Tschaggery for its sense of serenity and lovely lighting. My animal of choice was the shoebill. I love birds in general and the shoebill with its huge beak and long legs is just wacky. While doing studies I realised that they also have quite expressive faces. They seem to smile all the time.