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Old Wednesday 9th September 2009, 20:22   #51
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Thought I'd make up for not doing any birdy stuff lately and cheat and look busier with some old sketches.....

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Old Wednesday 9th September 2009, 20:35   #52
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very damn nice too - keep looking back at the gloss you've got on the pheasant thing - stunning!
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Old Wednesday 9th September 2009, 22:29   #53
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Keep posting these 'old sketches' just as much as you like Superb!
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Old Thursday 10th September 2009, 01:35   #54
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Keep posting these 'old sketches' just as much as you like Superb!
I agree, more please, super stuff, a joy to look at, surely you have lots of this stuff eh?
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Old Thursday 10th September 2009, 01:38   #55
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That'll do! Hmm, wait, no -- on second though, I think a full back catalogue is in order. Stunning stuff -- and I'm as envious of the birds you have to sketch as I am of your ability to put them down on paper!
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Old Thursday 10th September 2009, 09:24   #56
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That'll do! Hmm, wait, no -- on second though, I think a full back catalogue is in order. Stunning stuff -- and I'm as envious of the birds you have to sketch as I am of your ability to put them down on paper!
They are fantastic on all sorts of levels- I've just spent a very happy couple of minutes just looking at the different eye shapes on the woodpecker.

You would have thought this lot and more bundled up as book of bird sketches from Asia would be a winner, but
I guess it is a harsh world out there when it comes to publishing and selling books of bird paintings.
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Old Thursday 10th September 2009, 09:45   #57
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Fantastic work, obvoiusly the results of very acute observation. If you ever want to throw out some of your 'old stuff' send it my way and I'll 'dispose' of it for you!

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Thanks for the comments all - far too kind!!
Ed - I did ask Nigel at Helm about publishing a book of my sketches from my year out in 06, with several finished pieces, a couple of photos, some witticisms (!) but he said it was hard to push this kind of book. I get back and one of the new books in AC Black's catalogue was a book of sketches of the British countryside and stuff by some woman....Oh well, should jus publish it myself!!

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Old Thursday 10th September 2009, 22:22   #59
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Fabulous work Ads - and there's definitely a market for these in some format, of that I'm certain. Just as a word of encouragement - Eric Ennion is just getting 'Bird Man's River' published by that fine bunch at Lavenham. The great doctor died in 1981 and Bird Man's River was written and illustrated in the 1930s. To quote a famous Irish drink's slogan - Good things come to those that wait.
You won't be waiting that long - that's for sure.
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Cheers Tim - why is it with art that dead artists seem to make more money...?!?!? I suppose I'd best call Lavenham as a 'good friend' of the late Ads Bowley.....
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Shadows on the middle colour sketch of the owl are brilllllliant ... and the fairy wrens, well, they just make me laugh. Eee! Here puff! Here puff!
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More top-notch stuff, definitely worthy of publication.

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Thanks again Mike and Jo....here's a question: Now that the greenies have gotten their way, what lightbulbs are everyone gonna be using on their drawingb boards?? I do alot of my illustration work thru the wee hours and 2 100W daylight bulbs are what I use.....now, I haven't done any research into substitutes (thought I'd be lazy and ask you knowledgeable lot first!) but if the rest of the lights in my house are anything to go by, I'd best get some big candles ready or just sleep like a normal person....!
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Old Friday 11th September 2009, 13:15   #64
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Not a very well-thought out policy, meethinks. Most folk will be so fed up of waiting for the low-energy bulbs to warm up - they'll just leave the lights on all the time.
And in answer - go to bed, like normal folk
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Thanks for that Tim.....what do you use up there? Isn't it dark all day for like 4 months of the year???
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Old Friday 11th September 2009, 16:23   #66
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I've got a daylight bulb in an angle poise with 4 spares in reserve but I don't know if I'll be able to replace them when they do eventually go dead.

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I love your sketches! What field guide are you contributing those woderful plates to? I might have to buy a copy just for the artwork.
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Thanks Kitty - they're from the 'forthcoming' Birds of Melanesia from Helm....6 left to do but don't know about the other arists working on it. Looking forwad to painting kingfishers for a change from passerines that have no references whatsoever! Will it ever see the light of day - I bloody hope so!!

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Here are the 5 drawings of some of the commoner birds I tarted up whilst staying at Broome Bird Obs, WA, although bizarrely I didn't do up any of the wader sketches which is what Broome is especially famous for...but the other birds were so much more interesting!! We turned up there for one day and stayed two weeks and had a brilliant time. I used these to cover the cost of staying there. Pete, the warden at the time, had them professionally copied and I signed and numbered each one and they went up for sale in the shop - result!! The Great Bowerbird had his bower on the grounds and was a delight to watch - he had a penchant for green and white things: the scientists there had collected alot of mud samples and had left the jars out to dry off but when they went to collect them all the white lids were missing....bafflement all round, until someone checked the bower a couple of days later and there they all were!!

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Outstanding work Ads - particularly adore the yellow chat sheet - although all are, as usual, stunning. Much taken with your improvisation regarding financing the trip - good man!
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get these published - you've already got one customer for a book here! (signed of course!)

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get these published - you've already got one customer for a book here! (signed of course!)

Outstanding work!

Outstanding indeed. Dusky Broadbill page really is exceptional, as they all are, Collared Owls are another set of drawings that pulled me in. Tour de force of sketching on view here, that rear view of Fairy Wren is brilliantly drawn. This kind of work may be hard to push in the opinion of many publishers, but I do think if done properly a publication containing lots of fieldwork and perhaps a few finished works would sell rather well. Peter Scotts diaries spring to mind, what a wonderful set of books they were. These are up there at that level...
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Thanks for the praise Alan, really...and just for you some more broadbills! Those Duskies, whilst not the most colourful species, were an absolute delight to watch, full of character
Nick - if it ever happens, your copy's in the post!!

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This is a great little sequence - almost like an animated film - the eye catches the yawning/calling bird and then flicks up left to it snuggled down. Cracking job.
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I continue to be amazed by this work, real top quality, and such exotic creatures to boot!

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