Exquisite Pastel Portraits Capture the Colorful Beauty of Different Birds

Pastel Bird Portraits by Sally Edmonds

Beautiful birds come to life in Sally Edmonds‘ pastel portraits. The Australia-based artist uses numerous pastels and colored pencils to capture the vibrant plumage of parrots, wrens, roosters, and other avian animals. Through meticulous blending and layering, she renders vivid profiles of birds that celebrate their individuality.

Originally from the UK, Edmonds emigrated to Australia with her husband where she eventually started working as a full-time artist. Her interest in birds as subjects was sparked when she began keeping them at home and learning about their unique personalities and mannerisms. “Until you live with a bird, you don't realize how individual and complex they are,” Edmonds tells My Modern Met. “It completely changed my life. I now have eight birds living with me and a career I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams.”

Her portraits typically feature close-ups of the bird's face, where Edmonds layers various pastel and colored pencil hues to replicate the luster of their feathers and alert eyes. She tends to set the illustrations against a blank or pared-down background so that the image of the bird is clearly emphasized, similar to a formal portrait that a human would have. “I’m endlessly fascinated and inspired by birds,” Edmonds admits. “They have a character and a whole life of their own. I try to show this in my work and I hope that my real affection for them comes through. Plus, they are dinosaurs, which is very cool.”

You can purchase prints of Edmond's art via her online shop, and keep up to date with her latest exhibitions by following the artist on Instagram.

Australia-based artist Sally Edmonds creates exquisite pastel portraits of birds.

Pastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally Edmonds

She captures their unique appearance and personality through her vibrant art.

Pastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally Edmonds

She's drawn parrots, owls, wrens, sparrows, and other birds.

Pastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally Edmonds

The details in her pastel portraits are so realistic, that it's easy to mistake them for photos.

Pastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally EdmondsPastel Bird Portraits by Sally Edmonds

Watch these videos for insight into her creative process:

Sally Edmonds: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sally Edmonds.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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