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Still by AmandaDrage Still by AmandaDrage
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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