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Little European kingfisher. Pencils on Bristol paper. The size is 4x5" - the image here is about actual size.

The reason it's so small is because I spoilt it a bit, so I trimmed it down. It was originally done A5 size, the composition was better, and I had the whole reflection of the branch and bird in the water. It looked nice until I tried to add the background, with powdered graphite (the real stuff this time, not my home-made shavings lol). Unfortunately graphite in loose form has a tendency to react with the oil in your fingers left from handling the paper. Let's just say next time I want to use this stuff, I'll put on surgical gloves before I start!

[link] Lovely reference thanks to *Jamie-MacArthur who has some stunning bird shots, if you haven't seen his photos already I recommend you take a look!
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ColouredArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing job! It looks very real ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
:) Thank you! I forgot how much I enjoy working on detailed pencil pieces. I've been doing more painting lately than anything else, but I used to concentrate solely on pencil work!
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ColouredArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand :) I also used to be a pencil nerd. but then I got into the whole digital thing that took all my artistic energy. (I had to learn somethign completely new) A year ago I decided to try acrylics for fun. I found that it was easier to work with paint as an older person. But then may this year I bought a set of pencils + tools & slowly stared to use pencils again it was amazing after 2-3 years of brake! :D Sorry it's so long :/
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
:D Yes it is nice to come back to something after a while using something else!
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ColouredArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You couldn't have summed it up better. Totally agree :)
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faula Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Artist
great job with the feathers :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Great drawing! What a shame you spoiled it with the graphite :(
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Aw thanks :) Yeah, I know. At least I know better for next time!
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LisaCrowBurke Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
love it, excellent work with it. i like your cropping decision.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thank you very much :) Glad you like it!
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Larc-Romeo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work. :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thank you! Glad you liked!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love this! kingfishers are amazing, I love seeing them but its so difficult to find them...
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thank you :) yes they keep out of the way don't they? I've only seen them three times and I never got a proper look, just a blue flash!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, beautiful. I love his focused gaze :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:) thank you!
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
This is so adorable! I really like small-ish birds like fenches and such and though this boy is a kingfisher, he just has tiny cute qualities. :D That's crazy about the oil on your fingers messing with the graphite. Good to know though! I just bought latex gloves today in fact to use while while I pastel a model horse...too bad I didn't get to the pasteling part, I messed up just the priming part! :XD: Good thing I have plenty of stablemates. :giggle:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thank you :)!
Our kingfishers are really quite small anyway, much smaller than the species found in the US I think. Yes sometimes you notice the fingerprints thing if you smudge pencil shading, but for some reason the powder shows it up ten times worse. Hah good luck with the customising! Pastelling takes a while but it's worth it!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's really beautiful Amanda! A pity you 'ruined' it, your description of the original design sound good!:nod:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thank you very much :) Yes it was nice before I spoiled it! The composition was good, this just looks a little squashed. I'll maybe do another similar one, without the powdered graphite this time!
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prairiefrog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
The texture is perfect, he's stunning! :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
aw thank you, glad you like it! :)
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
too cool! I love so much of your stuff... but I cannot think of anything witty to post.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:D haha well I'm glad you like, that's enough for me!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, it's so lovely! Too bad it didn't work out the way you wanted it to, but it still look fantastic to me. Maybe you could take that initial idea and transform it into a painting? ;) I was able to see my first kingfisher in real life this Wednesday and it was so neat! They're a bit larger than I thought they would be (belted kingfisher).
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thanks so much :D Yes I'm sure a painting of a bird with a reflection in water will come up sooner or later ;) Ah really? European ones are tiny! Not teeny-tiny, but much smaller than I imagined. I have heard other species are larger!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, goodie! I'll be waiting patiently, then. :D
Hmm, that's interesting. Yeah, the one I saw was probably about 6 or 7 inches long.
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Wow I'm very impressed ! And very honoured !!! Great work Mand and thank you :-)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
and thank you for allowing me to sketch your photos. :D glad you like it!
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, so cute!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:) thank you!
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Zyari Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Wow! Amazing. Beautiful work :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thank you so much :aww:
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KlarEm Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome! Great job ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
thank you very much :)
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KlarEm Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very welcome ;)
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Convellete Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just..wow.
This is gorgeous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:) glad you like, thankyou!
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