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Pearlescent by AmandaDrage Pearlescent by AmandaDrage
Just under a month to finish - wow that was fast! Although actually this painting didn't end up being nearly as difficult as I thought it would be - the feather detail wasn't too hard to achieve, mercifully. The face took me longer than anything else.

18x24" oils on board with acrylic undercoats

Reference many thanks to stalksthedawn on WetCanvas: [link]
Also the painting in general is much influenced by Christophe Drochon's beautiful white peacock paintings.
(Out of interest, does anyone have any input on whether this is an albino or a leucistic? I was under the impression leucism does not affect the eyes, but it appears from the reference photo that this peacock DOES have red hints in the eye... so is it actually true albino?)

I'm thinking this will be a better bet for NEWA than the pencil barn owl!

Sidenote - I used the grid method for the main shapes of my initial sketch, as I find it easier that way working with large sizes, and on pieces such as this one where composition is important (I don't want the crown feathers too close to the edge, for example - he had to be placed just right in the space). I use BIG squares (dividing the canvas height by 3 to 4 parts) and use them for placement of the subject, rather than proportions and getting the lines exactly right.
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e-pona Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Nicely done! It looks so real.
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JaqErant92 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks very similar to Cristophe Drochen's Galahad, in the book I just got, Painting Animals, by Francoise Coffrant.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you very much. I adore Christophe's peacocks and they certainly inspired me to paint this!
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JaqErant92 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was trying to see if he has a DA account, but if he does, I can't find it. :( Ah well. Yes, your art is spectacular!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
He does not, as far as I know. He does have a Facebook account however!
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reianne Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I really thought this is a photo! You're so cool!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Aw thanks, I'm glad you like it!! :)
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
awesome artwork!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thank you very much indeed, I'm glad you like :)
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
you're welcome:aww:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And here I thought this was a photograph ;) As a fellow realism painter, I LOVE THIS! I used to own a white peacock, I really miss the guy. He lived for 20 yrs. :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
:) Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. Aw, that was one long-lived peacock then. How lucky you are to have owned one, and a white one too :) they are stunning creatures.
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xxaihxx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lovely work...love to see a really good bird painting!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you very much! Glad you like it :)
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconmesmerizing-animals: Your artwork has been featured in our March feature: [link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:faint: Twice!! haha :heart:
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
^^ You deserve it, your artwork is outstanding:)
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Neaffka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The peacock looks so real :wow:
Great work!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Thank you very much indeed :) Glad you liked!
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Neaffka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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witchyartgirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Many thanks! :)
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Sashe4ka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
fantastic!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thanks very much :)
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Spectrum26 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
This is wonderful! I love all of the detail, the subtle colours and the dark background really makes it 'pop'.
The details in the head feathers are perfect, Embers comment is quite right.... so touchable :-)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thanks so much :) this is probably my favourite of all the work I've done, so it means a lot to hear people like it!
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Embers Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
After this, I might never comment on anything, ever again.
I'm slipping deeper and deeper into speechlessness the longer I stare at this. And mind you, it's damn hard not to stare. :wow:

What a regal bird. This should come with a warning to be careful when having a closer look at it, it has a dangerous way of drawing you in. It's so realistic it feels like you could touch it - but you wouldn't dare.

And that it came easily to you just goes to show how amazing you are. :worship:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
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Thanks :) This is probably my favourite piece I've done, so I do like to hear what others think ;) A few people who have seen it in person say it makes them want to touch the feathers. I was dreading painting those :XD: I'm really quite surprised it wasn't a disaster. I really think it was just luck, I must have been on a roll...
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Embers Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Welcome, as always. :hug:
Well, it's easy to see why even you must like this. What's there not to like. :heart: I refuse to believe it could be just luck but it often playes a part in the equation. Some things just sometimes turn out right even if you had no idea how you did it. :nod:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
And when that happens, we accept it, and don't try to question it too much :XD:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done ! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Many many thanks! :)
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TornFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dunno if anyone told you yet but if it were albino the eyes would be pink as well. He would be Leucistic.

We have one at the zoo I did an internship at as well: [link]

Lovely art, I thought it was a photo from the thumbnail.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Well in the photo I referenced from, the eyes had a reddish tint. It's hard to tell, it could have been a reflection of something. But that's the reason I thought of albino. Many thanks :) glad you like!
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is gorgeous, I'm totally blown away.
My family has several peacocks and they are beautiful creatures (not very smart, mind you). We've tried to get our hands on a white but haven't had much luck.
The neck shape is perfect, and the floofiness just makes it more elegant. :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Thank you so much :) Wow, that must be nice to have peacocks around. They are beautiful birds. :)
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GoldenOaksStables Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I thought this was a photo. :O
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
:) Thank you...
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Celvaya Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I could've sworn this was a photo :wow: Absolutely brilliant, great work! The structure of feathers can be so difficult to get right, but this is perfect! Well done! :clap:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
:blushes: many thanks indeed :)!
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AnyaStone Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Absolutely lovely.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Thank you very much indeed. :)
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ViviGarza01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful. I thought it was a picture before I enlarged it. Really nice.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Thank you very much indeed :) I'm glad you like it!
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ViviGarza01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome lol. Keep up the good work
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rvc89 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thank you very much - thanks for the favourite too ;) much appreciated!
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LucentAllure Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
aaah wooooow love white peacocks! AMAZING PAINTING!:D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Thank you very much :) they are beautiful majestic creatures!
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DominiquePhantom Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Beautiful :heart: Reminds me of Lord Shen from Kung-Fu Panda 2. :giggle:
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