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Macaw Finished by Bobcat79 Macaw Finished by Bobcat79
Yay, I finally got this Macaw finished. This has been one tough bird, LOL. It has survived a divorce and a move. Thanks for looking.
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
OMG. Thank you so much. You really made my day!! :heart:
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconyourewelcomesignplz::iconhave-anicedayplz: Thank You for your support:iconmimose-stock:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
You're welcome. I think your photos are fantastic..... And I think you're pretty darned awesome yourself. :tighthug:
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awwww :icondragonshyplz: Thanks
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very bold color work! Love it!
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
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.
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even without the added depth, it's still pretty. :nod:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
That's a very nice thing to say. Thank you. :)
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bluemystic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Beautiful!! ::+fav: Is it an acrylic painting? Very well done!! :clap:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Thanks so much. It's Prismacolor Colored Pencil, with tons and tons of layers. I appreciate the nice comments.
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bluemystic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
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!! :clap: :w00t:
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work :deviation:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Thanks I appreciate it. I entered it in the Tulsa State Fair last year. It didn't place, but there were a lot of really good animal portraits in that category.
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww that' s a shame, well i really like it :D
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Thank you. It's ok. The other one you favored placed second, so I was happy. I really appreciate the nice comments. :)
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure
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amber1989 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
I looove the colors in this one. I have a picture of a pretty parrot like this, I'll post it. I like how it's only slighty 3-d looking.
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Thanks. The is one that I am not happy with how it photographed. It washed my red tones out and the paper was buckling when I snapped the picture. I cant wait to see your parrot. :)
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amber1989 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Oh yeah, i forgot to finish my parrot.. I'll get on it.
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sherryetal Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This picture is featured here [link]
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
You are so sweet. Thanks for thinking of me. :hug: :heart:
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sherryetal Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :hug:
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Enchantedbroo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
This is beautiful!! Great use of colors!!! :hug:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks so much. Very nice of you to say. :)
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Jewelfly Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
GORGEOUS!! :clap:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thanks so much. I've entered it in the State Fair. I don't think it will probably place, but it's fun to enter anyway.
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Jewelfly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
COOL! I know this is late but yeah - nothing ventured nothing gained eh?
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
LOL. That is true :) Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.
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Jewelfly Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
:hug: :heart:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
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?
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
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.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
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.
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twinket Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
looks great! love all the color in this. :)
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Thanks so much. I appreciate the feedback. :)
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ElwynEllessar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good Greg! I'm glad to see that you didn't give up on it. Glad it's finished now and you can move onto the next drawing!! :D
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Whew!! Me too Nancy. Thanks. :hug:
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Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
For all you have been through, this came out beautifully. I love the colors!
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Thanks Carol. I appreciate it very much. :hug:
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resada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
This is gorgeous!!
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Thanks Phyllis. That means a lot. :)
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Stock-By-Michelle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007   Photographer
Beautiful work my dear, I love it.
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Awww thanks. :hug: The digital photo didn't turn out as well as a scan because the picture wouldn't hold exactly straight. But it's still ok. I'm glad to get it finished.
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sherryetal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's beautiful! I love it! Sorry about the divorce :( :hug:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Thanks Ginger. I appreciate the feedback. Artwork was, and is, my outlet through tough times.
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sherryetal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. I use art as my therapy, too. :hug:
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
I agree. Artwork is great therapy. Also, getting such nice feedback on DA is a real boost too.
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sherryetal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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femketje Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
love it!
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Thanks a bunch!! I appreciate it very much. :)
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