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mea hamo pena

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on: August 13, 2015, 05:41:05 PM
My neighbor (the author Mia Coffin who wrote ONE PLEASE) asked me to draw or paint a magpie.  Her new niece will be called that as a nickname.

Here's my first attempt.


Your comments please  before I show it to her.

aloha

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Reply #1 on: August 14, 2015, 02:07:07 AM
Magpie's body shape looks good and nice line work with feathers drawn so carefully.   O0  Is the beak so prominent though?  Or should it taper slightly?


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Reply #2 on: August 14, 2015, 05:14:24 AM
Congratulations!

I would extend the branch some to give it balance-the bird looks top heavy for that little stub.
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Reply #3 on: August 14, 2015, 05:51:35 AM
Good magpie, give some background blurry effect with blue, green light and dark tones along with some extended branch
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Reply #4 on: August 14, 2015, 07:04:08 AM
Thanks, Vasu, Natalie, and Liz.

Here's the reference photo.  I guess I need to do some tweaks.


Oh, my friend did want the stark white background.  She is going to get a black mat for it.

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« Last Edit: August 14, 2015, 07:30:46 AM by mea hamo pena »
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Reply #5 on: August 14, 2015, 07:35:35 AM
Funny Mea, I was just about to add your photo when it popped up!   :2funny:

The beak needs a bit of tweaking. A bit more curvature on the top, and perhaps lift (feather) some of the dark black as it gets closer to the head. Coming on famously. This will be brilliant!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #6 on: August 14, 2015, 09:00:43 AM
Hi Sista'....great picture!  Magpies are kinda like our crows, so they have a thick bill. I do agree to extend your limb 'just a tad'....it will even out the picture. He looks like he's just 'hangin on'.
Your friend will be so very pleased.
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Reply #7 on: August 14, 2015, 03:03:12 PM
Great start and mazel tov on the commission! I'd add some greens, red and a little yellow to the feathers based on the reference photo...Can you darken up the feathers on his head a bit? What a cute nickname!
Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #8 on: August 14, 2015, 09:36:05 PM
I tweaked the beak; added to the tree limb; flicked a few feathers near his beak; and added some color to the end of his tail.  Thanks to Val, Retta, Sharon, Vasu, Natalie, and Liz for the suggestions.


My friend loves it so I will quit at this point even though I know I can do it better if I started all over again.

I bought some  2 1/3 "x 3 3/8" stickers to put all the basic info onto the back of the paper or mat board.  Then I have a gold circle to go to the side of the sticker where I will actually sign it.  Will try that out now and post when I am done, so you can see if it looks okay.

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Reply #9 on: August 14, 2015, 11:57:38 PM
Beautiful Mea!
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Reply #10 on: August 15, 2015, 06:20:51 AM
Excellent job on the 'tweaks' Mea  O0   Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #11 on: August 15, 2015, 06:24:36 AM
Excellent Mea!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #12 on: August 15, 2015, 08:47:36 AM
Thanks, Jay, Val, and Jill.   Enjoyed doing the magpie.

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Reply #13 on: August 15, 2015, 09:12:26 AM
Congratulation Mea,  great drawing  :clap:


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Reply #14 on: August 15, 2015, 12:42:51 PM
Mea, the magpie is great and I love that blue hue shining off the wings and tail, just a great piece.


 

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