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Kingfisher (drawing)

Traditional drawing of the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Some details and lighting effects of this cute little bird were a bit difficult to draw, so I rushed this drawing at the end... I hope you still like it! ^^; I think I don't have to mention that it always looks better on paper, because my scanner still hates me. ;)
Edit: I tried to correct the colour cast of the scan. It's a bit better now, but I'm still not so happy with the result.

Reference photo by Jamie-MacArthur : A Sparkle in his eye

Ursus sketch pad DIN A4 190g/m² (size of the drawing = 16cm x 16cm); Faber-Castell Polychromos artists' colour pencils, Copic Ciao marker, Copic Multiliner 0.3, 0.05 & SP 0.03, uni-ball Signo pigment ink um-153 white; time: ~15 hours

Please don't upload my pictures somewhere else without my permission. Don't infringe copyright!

Here are some other traditional drawings:
Pitcher plant (drawing) by QuelchiiLoki by QuelchiiIron Man (drawing) by QuelchiiFierce Deity Link vs. Majora's Mask by Quelchii
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I really like it, especially the eye. It is so vivid!

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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
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:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

The first thing that really stands out to me with this drawing is the crispness you managed to achieve with colored pencil. All the tiny little layered streaks -particularly in the feathers- are so intricate they almost blend together, which is great because having looked at the original photograph I can see just how well you mimicked that with your materials. However, you still recreate the sheen and bring out the layers with your detailed streaks of white.

The colors are lovely - perhaps a bit dulled in comparison to the photograph, but I certainly know how printers can sometimes fail to capture the vividness you get in person - and the brightness of the blue closer to the tail feathers is very appealing. Also, Kingfisher was a good choice since their colors are naturally complimentary, and the green in the moss mingled with the reddish brown of the bark helps to round out the palette.

Lastly, there's great contrast between the bird and its background, and I like how you didn't just make a flat background, but you varied your shading to echo the foliage that was out of focus in the photo. To top it off, your proportions are spot-on. The only thing I would recommend as a change would be to make the dark and almost black spots of shadow (on the beak and under the feathers) even darker. Although, I can easily imagine that the light from your scanner may have washed out some of the darker areas.

Overall, this is a very lovely and skillful drawing.
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Thank you very much for the critique!
Yes, my scanner always fails to get the contrast (dark areas look often much brighter... it's just bad that I can't the light of the scanner!) and the colours (my scanner hates shades of blue) right. Yesterday it was already very late when I edited/submitted this drawing and I was a bit sleepy. So today I'll probably try to edit the scan and especially the colours properly, because when I compare the printed reference (and also the picture on screen) with the drawing on paper the colours are pretty accurate. There's a colour tint on the scan... :(
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You're very welcome! 
And that's what I figured. It's happened to me enough times, and I hate when the scanner won't cooperate. Good luck with fixing it, if you haven't already. I'd love to see the edited result. :}
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I still didn't find the time to edit the drawing, but you'll notice it, because I'll write something like "edited" in the description.
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
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Absolutely Gorgeous!!!! It looks very realistic. Love the feather work you have done. I would have never guessed that you rushed it in the end. The eyes are beautiful and very well handled. The entire head of the bird is my favorite moment.. Feels like you've spent the most time and attention to detail on the head than anywhere else in the drawing. Your shadows and highlights are also nicely done. Proportionally it looks accurate and without flaw. Nicely done and keep it up. Love this piece. 5 stars! well deserved. Seriously hope to see more drawings. Adding you to my watch!
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Thank you for the critique!
And thank you very much for the watch! :)
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It is very beautiful, if I may ask, did you use for the white in this picture an uni-ball signo pen?
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How even do all you amazing artists do this?! I want to be able to do stuff like this when I get older.
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Thank you! :) I have a few tutorials with my technique (with some explanations and tipps) in my gallery! Maybe this helps a bit. And don't forget: Practice makes perfect! ;)
Great!! I am trying to draw a Kingfisher as it is my fav bird. Could I please ask the shades of Faber Castell color pencils you used?
Thanks x
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Thank you! :) It's so long ago that I can't remember anymore, but I'm pretty sure that I've used these colours for the feathers: 152, 110 and 187, 186, 283 + some shades of grey + black & white.
Okay thanks. But I might be using Cara D'Arche x
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Wonderful just poetry in vision! the featherwork is absolutely beautiful so delicately detailed! :clap:
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You're welcome!:)
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