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Conure Digital Painting

I have recently adopted a Maroon Bellied Conure named Kea so naturally i had to draw him.
I havent really done this sort of digital painting before , and dont like the idea of copying other peoples photos in a drawing (even if they say you can) so i took a photo of my little boy and did this digital paitning / study of him.
i had the photo lined up next to my canvas the whole time as in the second picture, and did not use the colour picker as i am trying to train my eye to pick out the right colours itself.
With what i learned in this exercise , i hope to draw him again soon, from my imagination, and use photo ref for colour / details/ anatomy only rather than 1 for 1 copying the photo.

(for context the bird is on my knee and thats my computer in the background)

the painting itself

the painting itself

painting next to photo reference

painting next to photo reference