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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 03:13   #1
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Perigrene Falcon

For my Dad's birthday I am drawing him a picture of a Peregrine Falcon standing on a dead duck. What do you guys think? I hate the feet but I just can't seem to get the result I want. I also think the head looks a bit weird. BTW this is my first attempt at a bird of prey and when I draw the duck it will be my first attempt at waterfowl. In the picture the falcon is standing on a Teal but my Dad's favorite duck is the Pintail. Could the Peregrine take a duck the size of a Pintail? Thanks much!
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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 08:31   #2
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I am sure that it is possible! I have personally seen one take a Pheasant.
Just a quick tip with the Peregrine's head, If you make the eye look more evil, it will look more peregrine - i.e. make it less round, and on the top make it more angled, almost at a shallow point. have a look at various other bird of Prey pics, you will see what I mean

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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 11:02   #3
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Hi Audobob

You're doing great with this and think your Dad is absolutely going to love it however it turns out - It's painstaking work doing BOP but in this case a labour of Love, so don't worry about the accuracy. If I were your Dad, I'd be absolutely thrilled with it. My parents always loved my drawings I gave them as presents as a Kid because it was 'me' that did them!! They still do, when they get one for a birthday.

Appears you are working in pencil, if you are really unhappy about the head and feet, you may find this helpful:

(The TIPS of the DAY )1. If you can get the eye in the right place on a bird, the rest of the head often falls into place. 2. What I do (or am learning to with birds!) is to draw imaginary lines from various points eg. from shoulder to elbow and from eye to gape etc to get structure, then the plumage also then falls better into place)

A scrappy sketch copied from your photo to show what I mean - sorry it's a bit messy, my pens are running out!!
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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 11:28   #4
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Hi Bobby You are doing great - good tips from Deb. Drawing is all about measuring and looking at verticles and horizontals. I am working on my drawing by trying to do something every day and getting hold of some good learn to draw type books.
Really envy your location- I lived in N Carolina for 4 years a good 26 years ago. Loved it. We were in a town called Chapel Hill Do you know it?
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I will try my best to apply all of this valuable advice to my bird and will post pictures of the finished product.

deborah4: I REALLY appreciate you taking time out to actually sketch the falcon. I think this will be extremely helpful!

dryslwyn: Oh yes I have heard of it, I live about an hours drive from Chapel Hill
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looking forward to the finished result, you've made a great start, Zac and Deborah's excellent advice will no doubt get the bird looking excellent. Be sure to let us have a look at how it turns out.
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Ok...I have completed the falcon and the duck (I decided to go with the Pintail afterall) I will post pics tomorrow because tonight is a "school" night...
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Ok...sorry about not posting it last night! Here it is tonight! I don't really like the rock...who would have known a boulder would be so hard to draw!? Oh yeah...I know my pics are very bad qaulity... Does anyone know a better way? I have a scanner but my drawings are almost always too big to scan.
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A noble and impressive effort there Audobob for a very challenging project! I sure your Dad will love it!
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