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Great Blue Heron - unfinished by Skyelar Great Blue Heron - unfinished by Skyelar
Alright, I'm really pleased with the way this is turning out so far, which is the only reason I'm submitting it prematurely. This is the picture that I printed out and showed to my professor which started the whole commission thing.

Great blue heron, done entirely in photoshop, several reference pictures used for the bird, none used for the background (which is CLEARLY unfinished, don't say it looks halfassed.)

Hours: many many many. Probably around 12 by now.
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saaraa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
wow thats AMAZING
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mooingboog Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Again another beautiful piece. You really have amazing skill with drawing birds. I'm envious! May I ask what you plan to do to the background from here? The sky is amazingly well done also. How do you accomplish the look of the bird in photoshop? lots of layers? Do you smudge or just draw the 'lines' for hte feathers?

Anyways. I can't wait to see it done!
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Skyelar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, thanks so much for commenting and faving! As for this getting "finished" weeeeelllll..... we'll just have to see how ambitious I get. I had really planned on doing more detail with the cattails. Right now they look like black blobs and I'm not really satisfied with them as silouhettes. Unfortunately, I have a short attention span and I hate drawing plants, so whether the cattails get more detail or not is questionable.

My "technique" in Photoshop is really to use as few layers as possible. The main body of both my gryphon and the heron were single layers. There's probably a much better or efficient way of doing things, but I tend to think that using only a few layers forces me to think of it more in terms of a painting. I generally just do lots of scribbling with a tablet and different colors and opacities. I try to smudge as little as possible, I tend to overkill and it always ends up too smooth for my taste. My general plan for feathers is base color -> outline the different feathers to get their direction down -> scribble scribble scribble. It's not really scientific. =P

Thanks again for showing so much interest in my drawings! I'm glad you like them!
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mooingboog Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks for lettin me know all of this. >< I usually overkill with layers. lol. But You do a wonderful job, so dont change how you do it! ^-^
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Dying-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful, the expression of the heron looks exactly like one I'd see in the wild ^^
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thorr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2004
Absolutely breathtaking. Love the various colors.
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dipstikk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004
We have them birds here!
They look like little orchistra conducters.
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Skyelar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, I've always thought they looked like really proud birds. Like they own the pond and everything in it. =P
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004
it's beatifull!!!!
photoshop 7?
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Skyelar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
It is Photoshop 7... I've never worked with any other program, and I still don't know what I'm really doing with ps7. I do think I'm improving though! =D
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