For the first day of the undersea theme I decided to do a marker drawing of a penguin to combine the ‘under the sea’ theme with the drawing challenge from creativebug, which was to draw a bird. Obviously the marker drawing, after I had sketched it out, turned into a pastel painting. My Sennelier pastels were sitting on my shelf somewhat disused and forlorn because I have been working more with acrylics and colored pencil as of late, so I decided to give them some love and brave the dust. I think it is somewhat successful, but I might desaturate and roughen the ice boulder in the center of the painting; it distracts from the main focus, the penguin. The reference photo I used was much darker and had very little contrast, so the colors are somewhat fanciful.