As you might guess, the Lilac-Breasted portion of this bird’s name comes from its bright lilac-colored breast. The ‘roller’ portion comes from their mating dance. They put on aerial displays, diving and rolling in the air. They are found in the sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.
I had intended to do a full color drawing, but had to people to see, places to go. I was doing the initial blocking in of the background with a purple fineliner pen, and thought – it looks kind of neat with just the purple and hints of blue. So, biven my time-constraints, I decided to just leave it as it is. I may color in more later, but I haven’t decided.
I also took advantage of the fact that Sarasa Fineliners are not water-proof. This means you can get a water-color effect with them, by laying down the colors and wetting them with a brush. For the bird, I did layers of coloring with the pens and wetting, then layering again.