Sunday, 15 April 2012

Garden Visitors - the Crested Pigeon

 
Journal #8, page 4, Crested Pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes
The whole eye appears to be bigger than it really is, thanks to a patch of bare red skin. This gives the bird a cartoon-like look and a range of interesting expressions.

Tertial left wing feather.

14 comments:

  1. Your work is very beautiful and inspiring! I found your blog through "Sketching in Nature". I myself am rather a beginner and currently doing small sketchbooks with bird eggs, nests and birds with polychromos pencils. I would like to try some in watercolors too. Do you have any good tips (books you can recommend) to improve my bird drawings/paintings? Thanks so much,
    Suzanne

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    1. Hello Suzanne, thank you for your kind comment, a book I would certainly recommend you is 'Drawing Birds' by John Busby, it is not a step by step book but it gives much more I think. Another useful resource is the following: http://www.johnmuirlaws.com/
      I hope that will help, and I hope to see your works soon!
      Matteo

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    2. Thank you Matteo for your reply: I own John Busby's book and think that it is a very good one; but I didn't know John Muir Laws's site and was very glad to discover it. Maybe one day I'll post some ob my birds to my flickr album.... Meanwhile I am looking forward to the beautiful work you'll post!
      Suzanne

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  2. Dear Matteo,
    So beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  3. One of these was sitting on the telephone line outside my house this morning - it's good to see a close-up thanks to your lovely work.

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  4. Great studies of a striking bird as usual, Matteo. You're so good at painting feathers. They look so metallic and real.

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  5. Very delicate and beautiful studies Matteo :)

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  6. Matteo your work just keeps me in awe. Your meticulous drawing skills are enviable. I'm sure you must have shown the Audubon Society your work; and they must have flipped. If you haven't, do it.

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  7. Love your works - thanks for sharing

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  8. Simply beautiful painting and drawing skills - a delight to look at!

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  9. Hello Matteo
    Your works are beautiful, as usual. I´d like to visit your blog more often but I'm working on the edition of a new issue of the free online magazine of the AEAN, 'Bocetos'. I invite you to collaborate with an article.
    Regards

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  10. Beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!!!!!! I am so happy to have found your website! I will be back! Imediatly on my favorites :)

    Take care and show us more soon please!

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  11. This is a really lovely piece. I love the colours captured in the feathers, they really do look like they are catching and reflecting the light.

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  12. Thank you very much for your kind comments!

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