Thanks so much. I appreciate the comments. I liked the use of color on it. The one thing that I wasn't happy about was that the Macaw didn't stand out well enough from the background. It was more two dimensional than I would have liked.
You're welcome!! Amazing that you did this with colored pencils! I haven't had much luck with Primacolor but I have been using Lyra (I think that's how to spell it) and Supracolor Anyway, they are softer and really impress me. This is a beautiful work that you've done!!
Wow. I love the details of the beak and the accuracy overall, including the accuracy of the hibiscus flower in the upper left corner. The composition is striking, and even in thumbnail this piece is impressive.
I can believe it took long enough that you went through a divorce and a move before finishing it. But it's so worth all the time you put in on it! Nothing like full saturation textureless colored pencil drawing, is there?
Thanks Robert. I would like to repost it with a good scan or digital picture. The paper was bending and it didn't get a good representation. I'm going to enter this and a couple others in the Tulsa State Fair. I don't figure to do too well, but I'll get some exposure. I appreciate the feedback and the critique. It made my day.
Glad I could help! It's an interesting combination of realism and Rousseau-like primitivism -- look at the Rousseau images of jungles online through Wikipedia or whatever and you'll see what I mean. I did that myself with Ferns, Moss and Water -- most of the vegetation is extremely naturalistic but the vine curling across the top above the mossy lip of the spring is turned flat to the plane of the picture, no leaves bent or curled, overlapping a little but they might as well be cutouts and neatly defined against dark. I didn't like it at first but it grew on me.
The head of the macaw is very realistic. The feathers on the back and sides are simpler, more stylized but lay in accurate patterns. If you didn't intend to simplify those feathers, I'd suggest looking at my Macaw and the graphite eagles, hawks and other raptors by ~HOULY1970 that inspired me to spend weeks getting mine perfect. I studied his graphite birds and then looked at how he did the large feathers, often with light edges or other patterns on individual feathers, then did them the way he did, shading to show the direction of the bracts. They radiate to either side and a bit down on each feather. In colored pencil this can be done with a central stroke for the stem either lighter or darker, like a highlight or shadow -- or use lighter color, then use a Verithin to shadow right on that line -- then shade carefully pulling the strokes from the center to the edge or the edge to the center, keeping them parallel until they start to angle. This does take an extremely high resolution photo reference to manage, or of course, live birds or feathers. Dead birds like stuffed owls would probably be great for that sort of thing, but I don't own one.
I looked at my comment and didn't give any critique to the areas you didn't do realistically since the combination of simplification and realism is a bit jazzy and may have been intentional. If you were shooting for detailed realism, this is the critique talking about what you could do next time you want to drive yourself nuts with a detailed bird. A white highlight on the eye itself laid in with a very sharp Verithin -- not large, just a white speck of light -- will make the eye more glossy and snap out, looking very alive. I do this on most creatures. If it comes out light grey-blue instead that's still good. Pure bright white isn't always the best for eyeshine but it helps on living animals.
Good luck with the State Fair! At the very least it's some serious exposure, a lot of people will see it -- and it will certainly grab a lot of attention with those colors and that great composition. Way cool.