I thought it might be of interest to show you the ref pic I used to create this artwork as it posed an interesting dilemma. As you will see in the ref pic, the bird on the right is facing right and while this looks fine pictorially, it didn’t work in the context of a stamp design, mainly because of the placement of the feet. Facing right, the feet were obscured by the value text on the stamp, which is located in the bottom right corner of the stamp. To get around this problem, I flipped the bird horizontally, so it faced ‘into’ the stamp, then the feet worked perfectly in relation to the text placement. However, there was one problem doing this and I wonder if you can spot what it was?? Give up?
Light direction. By flipping the one bird over, I also flipped the shadows and accordingly the light source for that bird. So, I had to weigh up whether this was so noticeable as to be a problem, simply to make the composition work, or whether I could get away with it (bearing in mind it will be a STAMP!) I decided that the composition was more important and that the inconsistent light source wasn’t that noticeable, even at artwork size ( x 4 stamp size). So, what do you think? Would you have even noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out? Go on…be honest….You might also notice that I have lowered the ‘nest’ in the bg a little, to show a bit more sky. To see the art without the ref pic, go here