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Splendid Fairy Wrens

This is a commissioned painting for a wedding. I designed the invitations and etc, and these little wrens are the theme, along with a little motif of two feathers.

I had far too much fun doing these.

For those interested, these are Splendid Fairy Wrens (one male (the blue one) and one female). They're native to Western Australia. I looked at a lot of photos while I painted these, but as far as actual photo-reference goes, I didn't use one.

Media: Adobe Photoshop CS4 over pencil sketch.
Time Taken: about 7-10 hours.

To see the preliminary sketches and the final invitations, please go here: [link]

Enjoy! =D
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khinson's avatar
This is beautiful!
Alene's avatar
Thankyou, and thanks for the :+fav: too, I'm so glad you like it!
TheLastDreamer's avatar
Wow... what a beautiful picture... I wish I could color my pics, I struggle with cooring.
Alene's avatar
Thankyou! =D
Working with colour takes a bit of practice, that's true, but I'm sure it's easier than you think. Try using a computer programme to try out colours before you put them down on paper, and photocopy your linework before you start, so you don't have to worry about ruining the original (if you worry, it's easier to make mistakes =P) Look at other people's work in colour, and try and see what makes them work, and practice, and I'm sure you'll soon he colouring really nicely. =)
TheLastDreamer's avatar
Thanks so much for your advice. I'll do it. :) maybe I'll get better like you say. :)
Alene's avatar
Of course you will – just don't be scared of it. =) Try uploading some of your colour attempts for feedback, too – that might help.
dibbuns's avatar
:) They're lovely! The way you've captured a human expression on them without making them look cartoonish or odd is fantastic. The perfect mixture of expression and realism!
Alene's avatar
Oh, thankyou! =) And thanks for the :+fav: too, I'm so glad you like them!
Anthropomorphising animals can be a bit tricky, but it's something I try to do (and enjoy), because my field of interest is children's illustration – so I'm glad you think I succeeded so well. It was a lot of fun creating them, though!
ChatonRose's avatar
Wow! So gorgeous!
Alene's avatar
Oh, thankyou! :hug:
RoseDaughter's avatar
Aw, those are really adorable! They look really happy.
Alene's avatar
Well, for a wedding theme, I think they need to be as happy as possible, don't you? =P Not that that required much effort on my part – these little wrens seem to look permanently happy, so my job was easy! =D
I'm so glad you like them! =D
RoseDaughter's avatar
Yeah, I suppose they would need to be as happy as possible. Luckily, that's quite easy, as you've said. I looked up a few pictures of them and those wrens are absolutely adorable still!
I really hope that whoever you made the cards/design for, they really like it. If they don't, I'll hop on a plane all the way to Perth and give them a talking-to!
Alene's avatar
Yes, they're very popular on merchandise and stuff down south, because they're just so gorgeous. =)
And yes, they like them! I work very closely with clients to make sure they get exactly what they want (otherwise what's the point of commissioning someone? =P) I started with a questionnaire to see what they wanted, did a number of concepts, and then refined the one they chose. I've just been doing another set of wedding invitations for a different couple, and they're completely different. I am versatile! =D =D
RoseDaughter's avatar
They are gorgeous. And still oh-so-adorable! (Sorry, I've got an adorability thing here.)
Yes, I guess that's the point of commissioning someone--so you can get exactly what you wanted, how you wanted it.
Congratulations for versatility! I've yet to explore other mediums and improve my technique in them. Have you any suggestions?
Alene's avatar
That's okay! =D I'm glad they're adorable!
If you want to see the second lot of invitations, you can head over to my blog, as they're up there now.
I try and think of a picture that would look good in a particular medium, and try and learn while doing. In recent history I've taught myself some water colouring techniques, Adobe Illustrator, and inking with dip pens and a brush. Experimenting to get different results is helpful. When I was working out watercolour as part of my honours (specifically 'golden age watercolour') I did some copies of already existing illustrations, to try and mimic the effects. I found that very helpful, as I knew exactly what I was going for, and could gauge how well I did.
RoseDaughter's avatar
Would you give me the link for your blog? I'd love to check it out.
True, doing it yourself is the best way to learn things. You have your own incentive to learn how to do things that way. I'm thinking of learning how to do oil painting, as when you do it right, it looks beautiful, and watercolor, because I love the smooth transition of colors and the clarity of the colors.
Alene's avatar
Here you are: [link]
I love oils, but I'm allergic to them, so I just try and get similar effects digitally (usually not with stellar success =P) but watercolour is fun, once you get the hang of it, and work out what you want to do with it.
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