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Buck... beak. by redwattlebird Buck... beak. by redwattlebird
Yerse, the usual classical music + wacom tablet fo' the weekend combo. I really hope it's not too dark for your screens.

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Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Sirius ('s hands), and the extra-bright star in the sky is a Sirius too :P or meant to be. I'm not an astrologer... I can't determine the exact positioning of star constellations and such, obviously.

Yah, yah, I know the composition is really plain and the side profile view is so totally overused, but still, I'm pretty proud of the result :o Basically at the end of the third book, Harry travels back in time three hours to rescue Buckbeak from his beheading and hand him to Sirius as a means of escape. I found it interesting the first time I read it that Harry tied the rope buckbeak was tethered with around on the other side of his collar like reins... I dunno why I did, just did.

Uh-huh, and the collar looks more like a belt. Shaddup.

I'm particularly proud of those hands - sorry Sirius, no manacures in Azkaban. Drawing people isn't my strong point, so I used my power of laziness to have most of him off-screen. Take that, human anatomy. But I think the hands are a bit too small anyway... bah, just pretend they aren't, and it'll all be right and well. Peaceful.

That rope in Beaky's mouth really bothered me, and the fact that Hippogriffs don't have lips and that the rope didn't come with a bit attached, didn't help. Eh... I still don't think it's quite right. But at least it looks kinda fantasy-y if things don't look quite right. *cough*

I think I overdid my shading of that orange eye, making it stand out just a bit too much... but other than that, I really like how the eye turned out. Really.

And one last thing -- those ears are like horse ears with feathers covering them. Buckbeak just didn't look like what I'd imagined if I didn't put pointed ears of some sort on it, but no eagle photo I could find actually had them, so I used a pony's (after all, according to legend a hippogriff is what you get when griffins are mated with horses). I've just noticed that a lot of people put long pointed ears more on the sides of a griffin/hippogriff's head, and that's fine, I'm just telling you so you can't tell me off for my ones being anatomically incorrect (which, on second thoughts, is crazy because legendary animals have no fixed right and wrong in anatomy anyway. Uh-huh.).
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SpacemanStrife Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nice! ^_^ I really like the colors you used in this picture - The orange eye looks great with the blue sky. Also, I think that the bright star to the left of the beak 'balances' the picture more, if you know what I mean. =)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, I get what you mean about the star balancing out the picture... otherwise it would have been too concentrated on the eye itself...
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MintyDreams7 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, so pretty. I love the feathers. Feathers have always been difficult for me. The beak is well done, too. Just the right texture. The eye and the background are beautiful.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found that feathers tended to shade a lot like scales; it wasn't what I expected when I started ^^ And I'm glad you like the eye and background too ;)
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sushi-queen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
Wow, you really have some fantastic painting skills!
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you liked it ^^
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JumbledLiar Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
Aw wow, that's an awesome painting! I love the texture of the feathers (especially that fluffy bit near his beak ;)), and the beak is particularly well done. The background works really well, too. And those hands look great!

I have one small crit to make (only because you seem to be quite self-critical already), in that I think the angle of the wrists seems a bit high. Combined with Buckbeak's upright posture they project the rider to be extremely tall considering the size of his hands.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Fwee, backlighting fluffy feathers was funn...
Ah, yes, I realised that too, but when I had the wrists bending downwards to the edge of the picture, it looked strange for some reason. But thanks for the con-crit :D
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imogenweasley Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. <3 I love it! I don't know what else to say. It's awesome. :+fav:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave, Ginz ^^
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Alkonost Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Wow, it's great. I love his eye and his beak and Sirius' hands. But it's all very well done, great shading, the feathers must have taken a while. Sirius in the sky is a nice touch :). Love everything about this painting (apart from the border. But that doesn't matter anyway :D)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Heh, yeah, I'm not that good at choosing borders. Glad you liked the eye and beak and Sirius' hands! :D
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ScarletSalamander Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Wow, that's awesome! I luff Hippogriffs.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hippogriffs rule :D
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Black-Pteri Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Woah. I love it :D
It looks really realistic. My favorite parts are the beak, (I stink at shading beaks) the rope, (don't ask) and the eye. Wow, that eye is just....wow. Bird's eyes are so hard to do too. I can never get them right.
I didn't even think of the rope going in Buckbeak's mouth ^^; I thought it was just around his collar or something, which...doesn't make much sense...
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Amber :D
Actually, the eye was copied from me looking in a hand-held mirror and lighting my irises up at an angle with a lamp, which made it a pretty simple process. 'xcept I used bright flaming orange colours for Buckbeak's xP
Ah, and I just tried looking at it from a different screen... and the rope looks better in that one than I could acheive on my laptop screen ^^
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Black-Pteri Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
lol. The eye still looks good :)
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