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Thesis - Saker Falcon by windfalcon Thesis - Saker Falcon by windfalcon
This is the fourth in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. Here, I look at the saker falcon and how it is used in Middle Eastern falconry.

The saker is valued for its stamina and resilience to the scorching desert heat. In this paintling, I wanted to show the detail of the hoods as well as the vast, striking contrast of the orange/yellow landscape with the deep blue of the desert sky.

Watercolor and white gouache on cold-press Arches, 11X14
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, I love Sakers!
Nice job on the feathers and their patterns.
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Greylight-S Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Cool picture!



Greylight S.
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
beautiful
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist

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Equus-Lupus-Uncia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Lovely detail on the feathers and the shine reflecting off the beaks.
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
is cool, but i'm not familiar with this family of falcons. or genus. whichever it are :B
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Saker falcons are native to areas of western Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa, whereas peregrines (the kind I usually draw) are pretty much found on every continent. Except Antarctica, because that's just crazy. :3
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
CAPTAIN FALCONS? IN MY ANTARCTICA? moar likely than you think ;)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Punching the ice, one iceberg at a time.
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
The amount of detail (and time, I'm sure!) you put into ever individual feather is breathtaking!
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KingGiantess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job! :heart: Great anatomy on the wings, you got their feathers perfect! :D
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome birds of prey! And OMG you have a whole squadron of them there.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, I never thought of them as a 'squadron,' though I suppose it could be.
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I play too many combat flight sims and these are masters of air combat and have been long before the Wright brothers.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
These watercolor paintings of yours have even gotten more impressive with the detail. I just love birds a lot.
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ShiKi-RynN Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, and really like the close up of the one bird. I've actually seen one of these in action. They are extremely fast flyers. :)
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I swear those hoods always make them look like some sort of alien race.. lol
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahah I heard from a falconer once that he was holding a hooded bird on his fist for a demonstration at a wildlife center and a lady asked how they could see out of such tiny eyes.

She was referring to its nostrils.

She thought they were it's eyes. D:
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The landscape of the sky and sand is amazing.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The detailing on the feathers of the main falcon is mindblowing :O I can't wait to see the rest of the finished paintings after watching them in progress ;)
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RaptorBarry Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! :heart: i love birds of prey.
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