View Full Version : Dumb and ugly, but gorgeous as well!

02-02-2014, 07:10 PM
One of my favourite Australian Birds, the Emu. Started off playing and came up with this.

Photographed recently at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria.


02-02-2014, 07:35 PM
Hi Robyn,
Nicely done!
Ahhh, they're just doing the best....don't want to mess with these though, strong birds they are!
Visited a farm in the US that raised them, that was a experience!
Take care,

02-02-2014, 08:16 PM
Love this copespeak. He is so alive especially the eyes. It looks whatever you paint, all comes out very well. Really love his feathers also.

02-02-2014, 08:19 PM
Sorry i doubleposted.

Danny Greene
02-02-2014, 08:48 PM
Fantastic work!

02-02-2014, 09:27 PM
Thank you Steve, Danny and AT-TA!

Yes Steve, while I was trying to get good shots of him, there was a small Japanese child getting far too close. I kept telling her he would peck her, and it took a while for it to sink in. They are inquisitive and always looking for a feed, so a small nose could have been quite appealing.

I love their squiggly feathers and long lashes. I haven't done much with the eyelashes; I didn't want him too cutesy!! :) :)

02-02-2014, 11:40 PM
Really gorgeous!:)

02-03-2014, 10:24 AM
Thank you Silvy! :)

02-03-2014, 10:26 AM
Really like the way you painted it, it looks both regal and fierce.

02-03-2014, 07:49 PM
Your style suits this bird so well. This one doesn't remind me of that book of old (mentioned in the other bird thread of yours), but I like it just the same. The way you've captured the eye so simply yet effectively almost has me scratching my head wondering how it was done.

02-03-2014, 08:36 PM
'Regal yet fierce', I like that!

Thank you for your comments Harlequin. The eye ..... you have to get light in the iris colour, a good black centre, bright light shining off centre, and some shadow from the brow above. Sometimes to give the eye more rounded form, some grey shading around the ball just catching the light.

Casual works for me. I've done animals for years, and some humans, so have it down pat mostly.... You get the eye right and they have instant life! :)

02-03-2014, 09:51 PM
Maybe it would need a hair-stylist, but it's such a sweet guy and your mastery absolutely outstanding!

02-04-2014, 12:37 AM
I really love their wonky feathers Caesar! All those wispy bits.

02-04-2014, 01:34 AM
Wonderful job on this cute fellow, Robyn

02-04-2014, 01:59 AM
Beautifully emu-lated :) Very serious look this one has!

Marilyn Anne
02-04-2014, 10:03 AM
Really cute.

D Akey
02-04-2014, 12:59 PM
Stunning! I love it. Great personality shown on this one's face and body language. She looks like it doesn't believe a word I said about how beautiful she is. She must think I have an ulterior motive. Story of my life. . .

Great technique, wonderful personality. Love the human handiwork feel. Would make a cracker of a children's book character with this style. She looks cuddly and one to get up to hijinks at every turn.

02-04-2014, 04:07 PM
You've done a nice job portraying the hardness of the beak and the softness of the plumage...wouldn't want to get pecked by that thing...Nicely painted.

02-04-2014, 07:04 PM
Thank you all so much! :) :)

Mr Akey, a children's book? Now there's an idea!

02-04-2014, 11:56 PM
This is brilliant. I love the brushwork and the look in his eyes. Is he going to nip???? well done:)

02-05-2014, 12:42 AM
They're so inquisitive and food oriented, anything's fair game, but he just wandered on when there was no food in the offing. :)