I had so much fun making these birds; they are from the current Year of the Spark assignment.
During the entire process, I kept this in mind... Let the medium rule.
This one was done using a fine line marker and oil pastels on card stock:
Next up, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, watercolor, gel pen, and pastels on gessoed watercolor paper:
And the final one, acrylic ink, graphite, Neocolor II waxed pastels, and charcoal on gessoed watercolor paper:
As you can see from the different interpretations of the original one-liner (see the bird montage in this blog post ), the kind of medium and sequence in which it was used created the flow to the finished bird.