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Ardeidae heron heads

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Another assignment at CSUMB's Science Illustration graduate program!

It was to illustrate 3 related objects (my fav kinds of herons/egrets) using any pen technique we liked. The original is black and white on bristol using a combination of hatching, crosshatching, and stipple. Photoshop used to color and label this version of it. :)

The hardest part was the preparation and layout. Tried so many stacked orientations, but by class popular vote I rendered the final drawing in this diagonal layout. I at first wanted to draw them life-sized, but I had no paper large enough for that...so they are scaled in proportion to each other but smaller than life-sized.

I referenced a research paper to get the typical bill measurements (citation on the image). These numbers are the midpoint values in the range of recorded bill lengths for these species. :) For example, the Great Blue Heron's bill can be anywhere between about 11 and 18 cm long!

Art copyright me. For display only. Please do not use without my permission.
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GilPires's avatar
Awesome THUMBS UP!
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alllysaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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eliviralikespieHobbyist Photographer
Soooooo coooooooooool!
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mydigitalmindHobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of November. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
NBadges's avatar
Excellent work, great ink!! Ann Caudle wears army boots!
Jothike's avatar
Very nice!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thanks. :3
meihua's avatar
Great scientific illustration :thumbsup: I think this diagonal stacking works well too. Too bad you couldn't fit life-size print outs!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thanks! They can probably be reproduced/printed to life size though. :D
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SilverVulpineHobbyist Photographer
Oh wow. This is really a marvelous comparison. :)
I really applaud you for drawing this! :)
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you approve! :D
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SilverVulpineHobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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JennyParksProfessional General Artist
These herons are lovely! The pen technique you used works really well. Great work. :D
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :3
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