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Old Thursday 14th February 2008, 21:44   #276
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is this the actual painting now, or are we still at the digidoodling?
Been a week of distractions, so it's still the real canvas and painted background with the test birds digidoodled into place on a photo of it.

I did manage to knife the canvas in half in true life yesterday evening after the virtual crop earlier in the week- so all that is left hopefully this weekend is to stick in the birds for real.

Not been an entirely unproductive week though- I graciously agreed to join my family at the zoo today and snuck off to revisit a little Baikal Teal that I had used for reference in the digipainting days of 2006 (left hand image) and birosketched today (right hand image). It's all good fun to do an individual - but really IMHO birds like this (Smew, R B Geese, wacky eiders etc.) have to be painted in a flock so that the replication of the pattern takes over..
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Old Friday 15th February 2008, 03:48   #277
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I would agree with the fact they would look good in a flock. They are beautiful ducks and, unfortunately, extremely rare over here. I've only seen one in captivity. Your renditions are stunning!
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Old Friday 15th February 2008, 10:34   #278
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I don't know, yes, in a flock they would be spectacular, but I love how you've got that sweep of pattern running through your biro sketch.
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Old Friday 15th February 2008, 22:35   #279
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Hi Ed , I'd agree with nick the Drawing has alot going for it and stands
very well on its own as a portrait. What a beauty those Teal are.

Good to see the recent stuff , sorry been busy so hav'nt had time to
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Old Saturday 16th February 2008, 19:19   #280
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Ed - what a beautiful sketch...spectacular lines...I love it!
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2008, 09:06   #281
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Hello all. Back to to the WTE canvas yesterday evening after a no painting weekend. I was expecting the WTEs to turn out looking like they had been done as rub-on stickers onto the backgound- but they have worked OK I think. A little bit of tinkering with the shape and maybe softening the wing outlines, then onto the egrets.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2008, 10:38   #282
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yes they've worked, tinkering to a minimum, absolute minimum! This is going to be a wonderful piece, can't wait to see it finished.
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I think if I'd been as successful as this, I'd be scared to death to do anything that may spoil it - just lovely. However - - - - I know you're made of sterner stuff, so, all the very best and look forward to the end result.
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Very nicely done Ed - this needs tinkering??
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Old Sunday 24th February 2008, 11:00   #285
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Morning all. Eagles safely tinkered with - before and after attached for anyone at all curious- the problem was that the lower one looked too dark and compact and alltogether rather roughleg buzzardy. Both birds are still a bit too dark for WTE, but I'm letting that pass now for artistic reasons.

Egrets now painted in, so whilst I can see some scope for more fiddling, this one is probably done.

Onward- maybe merganser time.
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Old Sunday 24th February 2008, 11:10   #286
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any tinkering now would be purely for the sake of it, this is a winner in my eyes, get mergansers going and put this stunner aside. I love the lift the egrets create in this. Plenty of movement.
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First things first - totally beautiful. Everything from the design and comp, to colour and paint application - just Ace! (I don't see anything but W-t E in the jizz and colour and they're drawn brilliantly.)
A masterclass in panting nature. Thanks!
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Ed - that makes quite a difference yet I hadn't noticed the buzzard effect until you mentioned it...

Wonderful painting! Looking forward to mergansers!
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The wte painting has got the lot, the atmosphere is fantastic. I also really like the abstract shapes with buckets of movement that the egrets create. Terrific work, love it!

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Morning all. Got the tidetables through for this spring's wader censussing effort in S Korea, so pulse quickens and thoughts turn to Spoonies. Here's a quickie- exciting subject, but not an exciting composition, but just fancied a go with the bristlies.
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Old Sunday 2nd March 2008, 17:43   #291
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green - with - envy !!! Beautiful!
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Lovely Ed - great movement in the water and the whole painting has a wonderful vibrancy to it...
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green - with - envy !!! Beautiful!
I think he means red, pink blue and lavender with envy!! Fabulous pic.

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Fabulous work Ed. Very clever lad!
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BEAUTIFUL painting! especially the color and light...
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Hello all- here's a quick personal memento of the windy windy day on Tuesday- saw this Blackbird on the roof just before I left for work, trying to work the moss and looking really pissed off as his tail got bent round...

So scribbled first effort on only piece of paper to hand in kitchen, then pencilled it on an A4 on the train and marker penned it when I got to work. Resited the temptation to yellow highlighter pen the beak and eyering...
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Great documentation - they really have to put up with it, don't they? Three almost totally different images from the same source, each quite meritorious. The second drawing is perfect.
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I'd look pissed off too if I was drawn with the wind up my knickers! Cracking drawings that capture a moment and raise a good smile.
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Love the blackie Ed, it's so obvious that it's a real moment captured and great to be able to 'feel' the wind.

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Hello all- here's a quick personal memento of the windy windy day on Tuesday- saw this Blackbird on the roof just before I left for work, trying to work the moss and looking really pissed off as his tail got bent round...

So scribbled first effort on only piece of paper to hand in kitchen, then pencilled it on an A4 on the train and marker penned it when I got to work. Resited the temptation to yellow highlighter pen the beak and eyering...
Mornin all. I see the forum has raced ahead as it does these days- fantastic all. Very hard to do justice to all the fresh meat being posted.

The attached oddly enough is a continuation of the blackbird sketch from last week- I had attempted a quick bristly brush version of it on orange roof tiles with green moss, then returned to it yesterday and decided it was an unconvincing mess.

So scrubbed out the bird with white paint, turned the moss into tundra and put some phalaropes in. Still a bit of blackbird blueyblack visible above the left hand phals. I think the cropped version works best.
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