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The Kirin Moon-Sickle by Ravenari The Kirin Moon-Sickle by Ravenari
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The Kirin Moon-Sickle bird of paradise

The Kirin Moon-Sickle bird of paradise, found in the Tamao islands, is perhaps the showiest of all moon-sickles. Named after the Japanese kirin both for its mythological sacredness to the Tamaoan people, and its resemblance of their representation of the kirin. Unlike other birds of paradise, the Tamaoan people refuse to hunt the Kirin Moon-Sickle, despite it's magnificent breeding plumage. Those birds found killed from the predation of other animals, who dead for other reasons, are given formal burial rights. It is thought that the spirits of Kirin Moon-Sickle go on to become royal Kirin in the afterlife.

The Kirin Moon-Sickle lives almost entirely off the crimson berry-reeds and the insects that are found upon them, which fruit all year round. Despite these berries being poisonous to all other birds, the Kirin Moon-Sickle is actually the berry-reed's primary pollinator.

Here the Kirin Moon-Sickle is shown with a potential mate, in its rarely glimpsed circle pose, the final display before successful courtship. This pose shows off its most ornate head plumage, and unbroken iridescence.

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21 x 29.7 cm (or 8.3 x 11.7 in)
Crescent Illustrator's Board, Fineliner, Aquarelle, Metallic + Iridescent Acrylic, Pencil.
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:iconpogopats:
pogopats Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
This is amazing
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icontheseventhstorm:
TheSeventhStorm Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a graceful and bold work of art... I'm nearly speechless. Such intricacy and attention to detail... this must have taken you days! :wow:

I'd love to favorite everything in your Gallery, but that would take forever!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It took me a while, but it was a lot of fun! I need to do some more of these birds of paradise. :D
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:iconjozuan:
Jozuan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow. Just wow...
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:iconvasodelirium:
vasodelirium Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
hi!your work is featured in my journal:)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconvasodelirium:
vasodelirium Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
thank you for the info!and what a wonderful drawing!
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:iconthe-forger:
tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009   Traditional Artist
WOW wow wow wow wow wow wow.. WOW!! amazing!! :worship:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconthe-forger:
tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009   Traditional Artist
:iconballoonsplz::iconyouarewelcomeplz:
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:iconariade:
Ariade Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty work, I love the Coloring and the many many details
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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darkespeon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Whoa! Most beautiful. Too beautiful. <3 A favourite indeed.

May I inquire if this bird is real or fictional? I know quite a bit about birds of paradise (though I'm no expert, not at all), but I've never heard of this species. Do you know if it goes by other names? My searches give me nothing...
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's totally fictional - the whole series is. :)
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I love how you made the leaves in this one!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Very welcome!
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slawomiro Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Great! :thumbsup:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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:iconmerrymeeper:
MerryMeeper Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
This is absolutely stunning. The colors and textures are so incredibly RICH! I love how bold the reds and golds are against the blacks.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Though the scan doesn't do it justice, this is one of my favourite pictures of 2008.
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the composition of the picture - the placement of the leaves/plants seems so perfect. Wonderful colours too, especially on the birds.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: You're insane attention to detail amazes me, from from the spirals in the background to the lines in the feathers....

And the iridescences.... is just amazing...

the contrast of the detail and the simplicity in your style is perfect. just thought i'd let you know. :+favlove:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you very much. I'm so glad you love this piece!
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome of course :heart:
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Oh wow, this is just too gorgeous! The colors are so perfect for a kirin, just amazing.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D :D
I'm SO glad you picked that I tried to stick with traditional 'kirin' colours on the bird. No one else actually picked this up / or mentioned it. *bounces around happily*
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful pair!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SurlyQueen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
As always beautiful colors and attention to detail. I love his little whiskeries ^_^
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
heh, thank you. :D
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tigressmin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Love!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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schikaka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
colors are so beautiful ^^
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :D
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ManufacturedWonder Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
She looks totally unimpressed, P xD I wonder if his "successful courtship" may not be. Or maybe she's just being critical. Darn us wimmin-folk! ^-^
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, she's probably going 'yeah, but you're not going to raise my kids you flashy bastard.'
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ManufacturedWonder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Hehe, probably. Jerk! xD
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Only-Dust Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is such an awesome pic! I'm not surprised it took a while, because the detail is great. I love the thick black line, and how shiny this picture is. I also really love the colours, the pose and the faux description for the faux-bird of paradise.

An awesome addition to a lovely new series.

^_^
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm thinking about a couple of others now. I like this series.
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Azrael-Nekhbet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
I love these kinds of creature concepts, very nice design and bright colors!:D
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers! :D
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:iconafiriti:
afiriti Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008   General Artist
Magnificent!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
*siiiigh* I love your work…
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
aw thank you. :)
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
My pleasure! I'm so glad to have discovered your gallery!! :heart:
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ThePeoplesHero Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I love the detail and bold outlines. I think that this would make an amazing stained-glass window.
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