This piece was created at Goldsmiths, University of London in a course on Children’s Illustration. We were asked to create illustrations for a children’s poem written by the course lecturer, children’s book author Colin McNaughton. For this piece, corresponding to a poem about growing real birds from birdseed, I drew a thick corn-like stalk culminating in a bird’s nest with a tiny parrot. I used bold swashes of color for the background and hand-lettered the title font. I also re-created many of the messy, sketch marks from the rough draft over the top of the watercolor background because they gave a bit of rustic charm and roughness to an otherwise quite clean piece.