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A new work

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A new work

Postby Garry » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:29 am

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I currently working on a few drawings at present. This one is another juvenile Paradise Rifle Bird about n.o 6 so far. The perspective on this one is mostly how you would see these birds practising the dance in life. Usually high up in the forest canopy. This is pretty much 2b, hb, and 2h on Canson Bristol board.
As with a number of my drawings lately the composition is evolving slightly as it progresses, not always an ideal way to work. But there is always that burning and sometimes unanswered question, background or no background?
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Re: A new work

Postby Laurene » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:00 pm

Beautiful work as always Garry! This is a great pose but a very difficult perspective on the upper wing. You succeeded beautifully in turning the flight feathers towards the viewer!

I know all about agonizing over background or no background! LOL. Can't wait to see what you decide.

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Re: A new work

Postby Garry » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:33 am

Thank you Laurene, I was thinking of calling this 'Strike a Pose'. As they do hold this for a bit of time until another juvenile male or a female lands on the branch, then the dance starts.
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Re: A new work

Postby PogArt » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:19 am

It's very interesting pose Garry, it's something I'm so after, I mean I'm after to draw subjects being on some move and showing some expressions rather than portrait-like still life ;)
This one in this matter looking amazing and I can't wait to see it finished ;)
Laurene already knows I'm planning to try to draw some bird , but it's not gonna be any soon... It's because I'm carry on drawing my wife's portrait, and when I finish there's commision portrait awaiting for long time to be done...
It's gonna be my friend's wife with their baby son ;)
I bet I can manage to finish my wife's portrait before the end of January, what will be two months of working on it... If I could compare the two months time to the awaiting portrait - the soonest date of my bird drawing is gonna be around April..?
To be honest I thought I'll manage to finish Magdalena's portrait within 1 month because I'm trying very much to plan my days to be able working on it every day, for at least 2 hours on my working days and more when I'm off, and I'm doing it.
Unfortunately it seems it takes longer from start to finish ;)
So I've got some plan for next year - to start drawing my first bird in April ;)
All the best ;)
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Re: A new work

Postby Garry » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:11 am

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Happy New Year to all, here is the latest on this drawing. The branch is really just evolving as I go. Artur it is an interesting pose and it is just an amazing thing to see it in life. Still undecided on the final composition so nothing has changed.
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Re: A new work

Postby PogArt » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:09 am

Happy 2017 to you too Garry ;)
I'm confused now because of you Garry ;)
I can not decide whether I favour more the branch or the bird now! ;)
The details you've managed to show up...
Wow!
It's stunning masterpiece to me...
It's all looking just great ;)

PS., Do you remember,when I mentioned I'll start drawing a bird not any sooner but in April?
It seems I've lied ;)
Last Christmas time I've decided to start fresh new challenge for New Year...,to learn pastel pencils ;)
Because of that, I'm able to work on two drawings the same day ;) The graphite's workstation is upstairs but pastel pencils I'm learning on my knees while I'm in livingroom,watching tv and resting on sofa ;)
So I could have started last December!
No time wasting then ;)
All the best Garry.
I'm impressed with your skills.
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Re: A new work

Postby Laurene » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:51 am

I love the texture of that bark and lichen! It complements and contrasts the soft texture of the bird's feathers beautifully.

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Re: A new work

Postby Garry » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:31 pm

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Thanks Laurene and Artur I am bit further along with this. The trees that these birds normally display in are called Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) and as I have depicted here generally have heaps of detail. So the trick here is trying to express that detail without taking away from the main subject, not sure if that's working yet.
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Re: A new work

Postby PogArt » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:07 am

I must say it again - I don't know what's my most favourite now ... whether the bird or the tree !
It's all complimenting each other and matching very well, and the composition of this drawing it's building up some tale... It is beautiful masterpiece to me ;)
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Re: A new work

Postby KrissyNZ » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:59 am

Absolutely stunning! I love the moss on the tree branches, very very realistic! Can't wait to see it finished!

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Re: A new work

Postby Laurene » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:20 pm

One of your best Garry! (and that's saying a lot!!) :)

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Re: A new work

Postby Garry » Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:53 am

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Thanks Laurene, Krissy and Artur well 'Salute to the Sun' is finished for now I think! It's going into a drawer for a couple of weeks, while I take a break so I will see how I feel about it when I get back.
The drawing pretty much represents the behaviour of these young birds when the season is on. If a bird, any bird flies past the wings go up ready to dance they are very keen. Not only that but they will hold that stance for sometime it seems almost in the hope that whoever flew past will come back. If another Rifle bird does land beside them the dance is on. If no one is interested the wings slowly and despondently drop, they shuffle about bit maybe call a few times and then usually disappear back into the forest.
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Re: A new work

Postby Laurene » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:42 pm

Great title for a great drawing!

I like the way you've used the branches to frame the main subject. I can "feel" the earnestness of the young bird and the perspective work on the near wing is expertly done!

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Re: A new work

Postby PogArt » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:54 pm

It is so detailed and wonderful drawing, I just can't compliment enough ;)
There is one kitten drawing in progress on FB Group...
The kitten looks like a reference photo...
It's just unbelivable, but it's true ;)
Some artists is able to choose exact colours to match perfectly the cat's fur, and then to draw it as it was the real kitten... Amazing job!
This drawing, the bird and the branch is like a b&w picture.
It's so far very well done my friend ;)
You, Laurene, Bev, Krissy, Mike Sibley with his arts and many other members are such talented ...
I shall to follow your steps ;)
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Re: A new work

Postby Mike Sibley » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:52 am

Garry, I'm sorry I haven't had time to comment on this. I've been following it but spending so much time here deleting Russian spam and their posts (over 300 tonight) it's left no time for anything else.

OK... excuses dealt with :)

This is absolutely superb in so many ways I can't begin to list them. Wonderful!
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