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Through the Sky by cryslara Through the Sky by cryslara
I'm heading out for the weekend in a moment but I thought I'd drop this guy here before I went. I thought he might make a nice card if anyone was so inclined. :D

This was a painting I've been working on intermittently between commissions as just a bit of relaxation. It was really just an excuse to paint big fanning feathers.

No idea on the time or music for this one, he was just for fun!
Tools: Photoshop CS4, Wacom Intuos 4

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:iconmilkpoo:
Colors: The colors are very well chosen. A bit more color contrast would've popped out the bird. Maybe you could use the complementary color of the bird for his eye (blue, green?) To add intensity to his expression.

Composition: Great composition, the flow lines lead you right to his face and overall the position of the bird was worked in excellence.

Technique: Great brush strokes, the detail of the feathers is great, the eye is specifically magnificent. Some brush strokes on the top right corner were a bit left off.

Overall this piece is masterfully created and deserves great appreciation! :)
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:iconbabbayanna:
babbayanna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
great feathers.
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:iconlauralithia:
Lauralithia Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing!! :)
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:iconouiatchouan:
Ouiatchouan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THIS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE i wish i could do that too X3
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:iconcreative-games:
Creative-Games Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOOOVE your feathers AND clouds. There's nothing as satisfying as making feathers and clouds, esp. when they look this good.
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:iconscooby82101:
scooby82101 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
He looks so soft! And so cute, great job! ^.^
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
That plumage is so boss. Nice work!
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:iconientlerj:
ientlerj Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love the details, the highlights, even the dynamic pose of the bird! I am mesmerize...
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:iconientlerj:
ientlerj Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love the details, the highlights, even the dynamic pose of the bird! I am mesmerize...
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:icontomberfleurs:
TomberFleurs Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Amazing detail on the feathers. A truly realistic image. Fantastic work.
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:iconfreeyourmindx:
freeyourmindx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
awesome!!
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:iconcelleno:
Celleno Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
This is beautiful. I love the details in the feathers and your composition is very well laid out.
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:iconshimmer-dragon:
shimmer-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I like how this looks unrefined. (:
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:icon12memories:
12memories Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Artist
The line work...the colours and shading, the "motion" captured in the picture, they're all stunning! Great work
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:iconnuckleheaded:
nuckleheaded Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
THIS LOOKS GREAT! I really like how you did the feathers!
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:iconruttian:
ruttian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
The color shades are magnificent, so simple and draws attention to the piece at the same time. :clap:
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:iconannewipf:
annewipf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
The work on the plumage is incredibly beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap:
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:icondraw-up:
Draw-Up Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Amazing work with the feathers
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:iconcolononai:
Colononai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student General Artist
beautiful feathers!
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:icondenatka:
deNatka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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:iconriverstreak:
RiverStreak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
The depth you've created is so freaking cool! Nice work! :3 :+fav:
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:iconbrokenviolet:
BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
that's crazy! very well done! :wow:
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:iconcameron-jung:
Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow! great to see more such things coming from aussies... :D
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
=D Thank you! I'm always happy to find other Aussies around here. Your photography is beautiful.
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:iconcameron-jung:
Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thats real nice of you to say, thanks!
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:iconvirtualraven:
VirtualRaven Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Love this. Makes me want to draw :)
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
No greater pleasure than in inspiring others, thank you! :)
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:iconvirtualraven:
VirtualRaven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconthatfrenchgirl:
thatfrenchgirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
i love your soft style brushwork, good job
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:iconjezhawk:
Jezhawk Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
love the restricted colour pallete and the closeness of him. Very interesting work.
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:iconmarina731:
MaRina731 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive indeed!:) Very much fun just to admire him

:+fav:'d
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:iconneboveria:
Neboveria Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
You have a golden hands, really. Is perfectly!
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
=D That's such a cool compliment. Thank you!
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:iconrizumu:
rizumu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
It's beautiful! *o*
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:iconadelaar1:
adelaar1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Those wings! It's so beautiful!
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:iconessenique:
Essenique Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! The feathers have wonderful details and have a soft look to them which is very pleasing! I also like the unique positioning and perspective. Great job!
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:iconxxsensi:
xxsensi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
wow, that's beautiful!
how long have you been working on that?
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
I think it was a few sessions over a couple of months. :) It wouldn't have been that long in actual hours though, I think somewhere between 4 and 6.
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:iconunmerwe:
unmerwe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning picture!!
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:iconl-stef-l:
l-stef-l Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing :O
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:iconfetisha665:
Fetisha665 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty, I love the shading on the wings.
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:iconhoukousakura:
HoukouSakura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
love it :love:
looks like a chocobo :meow:
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Aaah, memories.
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:iconkazuko-taty:
Kazuko-Taty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVED!!!! *,*

ai ai... =^w^=
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:icondreampaints:
DreamPaints Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Interface Designer
just wow :)
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:iconava4zinkovsky:
AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Good work.
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:iconfushi-chou:
Fushi-Chou Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous~
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:icontee-2:
Tee-2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Question-What do you use to paint these? You use the computor, right? With what program? Just curious, THX
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Yeah, I do use the computer. :) I paint in Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet.
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:iconhexabeast:
Hexabeast Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
How adorable! I have a soft spot for poofy poofy wings. :D
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:iconhundybauchy37:
hundybauchy37 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
The feathers and the colouring are wonderful! :love:
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