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Ho-oh

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By ThousandCookie   |   
Published: July 20, 2011
© 2011 - 2020 ThousandCookie
CRITIQUE ENCOURAGED (but not necessary, all comments make a happy Hannah for the day C:<)

Well, here it is - the painting that I mentioned in my journal and have put off submitting because I keep wanting to go back and change it. I've forced myself to put it to bed for the time being, however, although I may make changes as people suggest them.

My first attempt at a realistic painting of... well, anything (never mind the fact that HELLO IT'S A HO-OH) without lifting any colours from another source. Trying to improve my knowledge and application of colour, as well as attention to detail.

Only reference for the sketch was a quick look at some vulture beaks, still wanted to try and keep a similar shape to official art of Ho-oh, though. Think I could've done better there. Feathers at the back and the crest (ohmygod the crest) were a pain to do.

I'll refrain from giving my personal opinion (asking my opinion of my work is the equivalent of giving me a sledgehammer and allowing me to bludgeon myself with it).

No idea how long this took - a large proportion of time was spent undoing and redoing tiny details towards the end. Damnit, I need to stop drawing birdy-type things.

Any questions, please ask.

Ho-oh/Pokémon Copyright © Nintendo

Messages etc. will be replied to eventually, currently easing myself back into the swing of things. Thanks for the support!
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User-2018225dHobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazingly realistic.
IanMelbourne93's avatar
This is utterly brilliant and deserves a lot more adoration than it has
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BlueFluffyDragonHobbyist Writer
Looks to real :0

awesome job, ast first thought it was a photoshot.
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OliveTheBreloomHobbyist General Artist
Oh, and someone give this girl a daily deviation!
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OliveTheBreloomHobbyist General Artist
Wow, I thought this was a photomanipulation at first, great job- very realistic. I especially love the lighting and the detail given to different textures and colors! Perhaps the only "critique" I could give is around the eye, it looks a bit too large. But honestly, that is the ONLY thing.
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Bloodclaw2Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing :D
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CloudsGirl7 General Artist
BY ALL LOGIC, THIS SHOULD HAVE MORE VIEWS AND FAVES.
Jdrawer01's avatar
Could be a tad brighter...
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Ho-ohLoverHobbyist Traditional Artist
What I believe is throwing this picture off is the stark black nostril. It's just so...solid and dark, compare to the very feathery shading of the rest of the head. I not excatly sure how to rectify it but maybe using a different colour for the shadow of the nostril? Like maybe a brown or purple
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ThousandCookie Digital Artist
You know what? That was almost definitely one of the things that was still bugging me about it! I've blended it in to follow the natural contours a bit better, hopefully that's rectified it a little. Thanks a lot for the crit, I really appreciate it! :D
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Ho-ohLoverHobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! much better now :lol:
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madboy10Professional Artist
thats amasibg looks like sommones found her graphics tablet
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ThousandCookie Digital Artist
Indeed I have, thanks a lot! ;P
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madboy10Professional Artist
kool kepp dooin what you do best
St-Fisch's avatar
i thought this was a photo from the thumbnail, i was in awe at how cool this new bird looked.
i swear this is the third time with me and your pics :P
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ThousandCookie Digital Artist
Haha! Oh you~ =P Shame it isn't real, I think the world could do with a fire-breathing bird that shoots rainbows out of its backside D:

Thanks a lot for the support Chris, and thanks for the fave as well! :hug:
St-Fisch's avatar
aint i ah charmah? :iconmonocleplz:
yeah, the world could do with more avians of such a combustable and FABULOUS variety :la:
also you're very welcome :bow: i always look forward to seeing more photos that are actually pictures that look like photos *brain pops*
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megapinkfreakHobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!!!
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ThousandCookie Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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megapinkfreakHobbyist General Artist
:D You are so very welcome! :D
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