I did some more work on drawing the boundary of the Connecticut map. It's slow going and not terribly interesting. I want to make it as accurate as I can though. The coastline is going to be a pretty liberal approximation though. It would take forever to produce an exact representation of The coast. Since the focus of this project is going to be on the bird, I am not going to get overly fixated about the details of the background. My drawing has improved. I remember on my Alabama map, I managed to make the state's small southern panhandle look like a tonsil. I did ok on Arkansas even though my efforts on the Mississippi River were a another liberal approximation. I only featured a partial representation of that map anyway.
I am going to use a photoshop lighting filter application. I am toying with the idea of trying to copy the colors of the lighting then drawing them freehand. I figured out the way to do that. I actually did some freehand background color blending on my Colorado card using that method. converting photoshop color effects to jpeg could be a good way to learn how to mix colors. I really want to learn how to blend light and shadow on my art without having to use automatic filters so much.