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A Life on Air by ReneCampbellArt A Life on Air by ReneCampbellArt
Tribute to Sir David Frederick Attenborough, one of my greatest inspirations as a marine ecologist.


Before anyone asks: no, unfortunately I couldn't get to meet the great man himself, BUT the drawing was passed onto him during the Adelaide show (thank you to some special people)

My largest piece to date: over 100 hours worth of work, at approximately 85cm tall. Drawn using Derwent Studio pencils, white gouache and a hint of black fineliner on Arches hot-press watercolour paper (365 GSM). Many photo references were used.

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This artwork was envisioned the last time Sir David visited Adelaide, but I ran out of time. I took on a very ambitious opportunity to complete it this time round however, and completed the vast majority within a month and a half. It wasn't easy; often-times I worked on it through bouts of sleep deprivation and anxiety, but with great support from everyone, I got it done. And I'm proud of that the most :)

"Sir David Attenborough, along with the team at the BBC, have showcased the natural world and encaptured audiences worldwide. With over 60 years on air, Attenborough has certainly had a huge influence on many people, including myself. Hummingbirds are often symbols of endurance, adaptability, joy and playfulness, all of which are traits that Attenborough acquires.

It is true that many people have become increasingly disconnected to the natural world, even if it is as simple as exploring their own backyard. However, it is thanks to Sir David, and to the phenomenal team at the BBC, that so many people around the world feel connected to nature once again." 

Hummingbirds are all male and not to scale. From top-left, anti-clockwise, they are as follows:
- Golden-tailed sapphire hummingbird
- Ruby-throated hummingbird
- Red-billed streamertail hummingbird
- Ruby-topaz hummingbird
- Purple-throated mountain-gem hummingbird
- Black-throated mango hummingbird

Thank you everyone for following the journey. Progress album and additional photos coming in the next few days. For now, sleep and back to science stuff.
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colorado-sparrow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember seeing pics of you working on this piece and thinking "WOW".  This is an amazing piece of artwork!  Absolutely beautiful!!!
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner May 8, 2017   General Artist
The genuine article :)
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dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a stunning art work of the iconic Sir David Attenborough!! Clap :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: 
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FluoriteDancer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This portrait is AMAZING!Clap +fav 
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Earth-Hart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Having met Sir David, I'm sure he would love to see your work. I think you've done a beautiful job in capturing the essence that is him. :clap:
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CamtheZoologist Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply awesome
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SapphireSoul102 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work!!!! :iconhappyhappyplz:
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drawman61 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful tribute to a great man.
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kakarot1997 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
this is so great! congratulations!
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CreativeMark24 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist
Bravo! Beautiful work! :love:
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is so amazing, love the details and how well you captured his personality!
To be honest, for a second I thought he had passed away when I read the title. XD
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Artist
I watched his documentaries every week as a child.
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
They're awesome documentaries, I have seen most of them, including his earliest, and still watch them frequently. The camera work in the recent ones, Planet Earth 2, Bioluminescence and Great Barrier Reef are phenomenal!
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Artist
I haven't had time (yet) to watch the recent documentaries. But I have been a fan of Attenborough since I was 8 years old. His books and documentaries taught me a lot about the wild.
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mumuku Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clap Heart 
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waningmoon7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! That man is part of my childhood! :O :love:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TJaND…
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PULLAST0RMY Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, what an amazing portrait! I love how vivid the colors are and the piece looks almost like a photograph! Really good work!! :thumbsup:
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CathSiswick Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the vibrancy of this!
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raptorwolfss Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
all hail Sir David Attenborough the21 century darwn :)
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TheParamoreAddict Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good old david
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Verenique Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Gorgeous! ;-)
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BlaackTipReefShark Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Artist
Spontaneous!! Sir David Attenborough has got to be the world's most influential man on the plant!!
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photosfromnj Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work.
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Angel-Moonlightwolf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously, stand up and take a bow right now because this is breathtaking...absolutely beautiful! 
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. I'd use this as a wallpaper, but, I'd request of your permission first, my dude.
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Go for it, and thank you!
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
As you wish. My greatest of thanks, my dude.
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michelleydraws Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning details! I just stumbled upon your deviantART and love your work. :)
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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bubblymaika Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Title scared me for a second, kinda implied he died :stare: Don't scare me like that.

Aside from that, wonderful work! I'm sure he'd adore it!
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Xquid Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ya, me too. I genuinely dread the day Attenborough will pass away. He should have a second go at life.
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Haha it's named after his autobiography "A Life on Air" due to his broadcasting with the BBC. I saw him live last night while he was on tour; he's still going strong!

Thank you, and I hope so too!
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bubblymaika Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear he's in good health!

You're very welcome !
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