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KingFisher - Ballpoint Pen

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KingFisher - Ballpoint Pen.

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as Eurasian kingfisher, or river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upper parts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptations to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

Took 78 hours to finish over a period of 2.5 months. Lost about 20% quality during scanning.

Reference: Based on several, this drawing is something entirely new.

The size is 24cm x 20cm. 9.5in X 7.9in.

Thank you for faving and watching.


Due to thousands of questions and my lack of time to answer them all here are the answers for the most frequently asked:

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More like this from me:
Tiger - Bic Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts Ocelot - Bic Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts Mallard Duck - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts Angry Tiger - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts

Materials: Bic Cristal coloured ballpoint pens also Classic black Bic ballpoint pen and Classic Green Bic ballpoint pen on 280g/m2 A4 smooth paper.

Artwork © Samuel Silva - `VianaArts 2015 All rights reserved.

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ttowngirl's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The detail of the moss and feathers are fantastic. The choice to have a out of focus background is very photographic and forces the viewer to look at the bird. There may be too much green in the background and foreground and maybe some additional color would be helpful for the picture's composition. I wonder if some white areas would be helpful. Like in the background? Or another bright color? Like across from color wheel , out of focus in the background?

The detail in the feathers makes me want to touch the bird. And the moss for that matter.

Overall, it is an impressive piece of work and I always wonder: who is this artist? Amazing?
Dragonfly22's avatar
This is amazing, the level of detail and the lightning are fantastic! 
LilCrumb's avatar
This is one of my favourit birds. I adore how you captured its colours!
Mouselemur's avatar
This is just beautiful :wow: :heart: :clap:

It looks incredibly real, the details are spot-on and the colors just jump from the screen!
blurhead's avatar
This just blows me away, so skillfully done...
Heart0fTheStorm's avatar
Don't think you should pick pictures that are already demolished with HDR, you don't see a single professional photographer using this much HDR. It makes the pictures look really muddy and flat.
Also why are the comments disabled on some of your pictures? People only do that when they have something to hide.
VianaArts's avatar
This drawing was created from 3 references. Ballpoint pen colours get completely messed up when you scan them or even photograph them. I have always had this problem and specialists told me the only solution was a lab (really expensive). The originals look way softer than this. I do add a bit of my own 'mental' HDR per se. Dozens and dozens of people were having really inflamed insult battles in those comment sections, this is not youtube, it is my personal page and I don't need that kind of language here, not in this community and especially on my page, nor do I have the time to moderate it all. I do thank all who understand that.
Heart0fTheStorm's avatar
I guess it makes sense why you no longer wanted to moderate that one pic since it got extremely popular, though it just means people like me who are curious about the comments overflow onto your other art haha.
I shouldn't have gotten up in arms about the 'mental HDR', at your skill level you know what you're doing so whatever's in my head is just preference.
I can relate to how scanners mess up any physical art.
I'm pretty curious how this art takes shape since I have no idea how to use ballpoint pens, next art piece you work on it'd be cool to see the steps.
RaptorWings's avatar
It looks so real and awesome!  
Achlucide's avatar
I can't believe this was made with ballpoint pen, it's stunning!
DasFarbspiel's avatar
So beautiful!
I love how realistic this looks like! :wow: :la:
Managodess's avatar
This is absolutely stunning and to think that you've managed this level of detail with 'just' ballpoint pens is amazing. I'm especially in love with how detailed the feathers are <3
PaladinPainter's avatar
Great job on the birdie :D
Emlis's avatar
That looks difficult! I can't even see all the little details and you've drawn them!
FastPaint's avatar
Lovely work Samuel, I used to find it hard enough in pencil, then oils, but ball point!, just great.
Superb gallery. Wish you all success. Alan.
VianaArts's avatar
Thank you very much
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Honeycomb1011's avatar
Great details, that's amazing you only did that with a pen.
StrykNin3's avatar
Love the details in the feathers <3
Moorgrasses's avatar
Ah, never mind - you've got a trusty FAQ ;-)
Moorgrasses's avatar
If I could ask - how many different colors did you need to complete this?
Moorgrasses's avatar
Truly stunning. :)
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