Fantasy oil painting “Royal couple black and white swan”

black and white swan.
“Royal couple black and white swan” ©YueZeng2023

Initial thoughts

There are pair of white swan and pair of black swan. Why not one white swan and one black swan? In “Swan lake”, white swan is princess and black swan is evil. Why black swan has to be evil all the time? I am going to give the black swan a royal crown and made it the prince of all swan. The white swan is its partner. Therefore, they become the royal couple.

Digital sketch

To be honest, I know the crown on a bird’s head is not practical. Even I can glue it on swan’s head I am afraid it would fell. So, let’s assume the crown stays on top of black swan’s head by unidentified force. 🤣

Digital sketch black and white swan ©YueZeng2023


I was thinking the black swan’s feather would be like raven’s. Raven’s feather has bluish and greenish sheen under sunlight just like the black rooster. However, after studying many reference photos, I realize that the black swan’s feather is simply black with lighter color on the edge (I could be wrong). Its beak is different than white swan also. The black swan has red eyes. But here I change it to black blue otherwise it appears more like an evil prince. 😅

Well, I hope you enjoy this couple.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.