Danny is a character illustration for a children’s book called ‘The Farmer and the Woodpecker.’ Danny is a Golden-fronted Woodpecker looking for a home. The Farmer at first does not welcome Danny at first. He eventually comes to see him as useful after Danny helps with problems on the farm. These include woodworm and weevils.
The golden-fronted Woodpecker is a very beautiful bird. It has distinctive black and white wings and a bright red dot on its head. The challenge with these illustrations was to stay true to the spirit of the bird while also giving it a bit more expression. Although not in a cartoon style, the woodpecker’s face has plenty of expression. Pose and body language were important to communicate his different moods.
These illustrations of Danny the Golden-fronted woodpecker are in watercolour.