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  1. Thanks VectorVonDoom! I agree that it does lean toward fur. I tried to create the feathers with the pen tool by first drawing only two then duplicating, flipping, distorting, or scaling, grouping with originals followed by more duplicating,... ad infinitum.. to allow laying down the groups while changing the colour/opacity/ fx values. (There are probably less than 12 or 14 separately drawn feathers.) but I can see I should have brought these further down the breast and with more attention to the direction of the growth. Also allowing some of these the lay atop the vector bird object and project over the edge rather than be contained within it would have lent a more realistic look. I’m wondering if there is a way of using masks to achieve a better result? Maybe symbols have a place here? Lots of experimenting and learning ahead for me. Thanks for your kind critique! It is very helpful to hear how it is seen by a more experienced eye!
  2. Bright bird on a branch. Upsplash photo reference. Still trying to develop technique. The branch with buds and flower are rough and sort of impressionistic with the most detail reserved for the bird to draw attention and focus.
  3. Love the stark and sparse simplicity... so reminds me of our Canadian landscape.
  4. Thanks guys! I really appreciate the feedback.... especially from the forum members all of whose range and depth of experience I so highly respect. Thanks Dannyg9, Slammer, Alfred, StudioJason, Kasper-V, and all the others who have so kindly given a positive reaction to my postings! You keep nudging me in the right direction..🤓
  5. Hi, Danny! I initially thought to illustrate both bird and “beaver”, but then decided to just make this one with photo manipulation. So the beautiful crane became the main focus and the aircraft secondary. Both of these creatures of the air looked to be climbing out of the mist, working to gain altitude, setting their course with purpose. Mixing in the idea of a misty environment meant an overlay of warm grey to tone down the sharply contrasted and brightly coloured De Havilland. Neither of the elements are pictured in direct sunlight so this solution seemed natural to me.... Anyway, thats my story and I’m sticking to it. 🤓 But thanks for your comments - keep them coming - they help keep me honest!
  6. Sandhill Crane and De Havilland Beaver on floats on a dawn takeoff from a northern Manitoba lake.
  7. Once again I am humbled and awed by the talent on this forum! Excellent work,
  8. I can relate (a little) but being located smack dab in the middle of the continent I’ve had only one opportunity to experience skin diving / snorkelling in the Caribbean (loved it). I saw some big groupers - maybe 200 to 300 pounds, but nothing big enough to consider me as a dietary supplement. Never been stung by jelly fish but saw many close-up under water. They were the scourge of the divers on our ship the U.S.S. Vulcan AR5 when I was in the U.S. Navy. The divers hated them. (Hope you had a wet suit on when your only option was up through them!)
  9. Haven’t done any figure drawing in ages... I like that AD lets me correct all my mistakes (at least the ones I can recognize...)🤓 The fish is a stock Upsplash photo, and the figure drawn from imagination...
  10. Hi Alfred! Love the subtlety of your comment...🤓. Hi Danny9, I can’t believe I totally missed doing something with the shadow under the bowl! ...tried making a reflection/shadow combo..? Anyway I thank you for your kind encouragement! Even if this one had some worrisome flaws there’s more where thIs one came from - I keep learning from each one I do...
  11. The bowl was difficult ... not sure if a strictly pixel drawing would have been more successful. The photo version was the reference but lack of detail was problematic. The perspective on the “leaves” is not quite right. Any and all criticism or suggestions are welcome...
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