A personal favorite
This hummingbird illustration is one of my favorite pieces. I sketched it with pencil several years ago for fun and didn’t have any professional application in mind. But eventually, I licensed it for a CD cover design project.
I initially drew the bird from a couple of reference photos. When I brought it into Illustrator, I made some slight modifications and simplified it a little bit.
I think this design works because of color harmony and overlapping depth. The hummingbird has a nice 3D feel because there’s a distinct drop shadow, it’s breaking the bounds of the frame, and it’s flying through the hoop.
📷 Photo credit: unsplash.com/@j_wozy
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