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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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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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