So hopefully this will be the last long-necked, bare-chested figure plus avian companion that I’ll draw for a while. He seems to accompany the kingbird drawing pretty well.
In my defense, the assignment was: “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” – Chinese proverb
I think the image is pretty complete as both a b/w line drawing as well as full color w/ a range of values.
No, the image isn’t stretched. He does have a really, really long neck. I wanted his body to run off both ends of the page, so I took some anatomical liberties. I thought that not being able to see his face brought more attention to his chest, where the tree is taking root. The main three curves in the image also reinforce this area as a focal point.