Skylarks are usually seen singing above fields and meadows, so my first attempts with one in the snow looked totally out of place. After a few sketches I decided to darken the bird and blur some of the snow flakes, which made the snow much more convincing.
The Brown Fur Seal is mainly a southwest African species but some colonies thrive in the Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. We took a safari trip to the Seal Rocks off Phillip Island and found a few thousand of these agile water acrobats.
This is how they look with some color on them, chocolate brown and creamy white with more contrasts in their faces. I suppose the mask has something to do with communication but the matt black lores will also reduce the reflections on a sunny day.