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Singing Shoebill by zeivin Singing Shoebill by zeivin
This is for the monthly :iconstylized-animals: contest. This month's animal was the Shoebill and I have to say, that they are already so incredibly stylized it was definitely a hard one to start out with. Originally I wanted some birds on the branch there and some frogs in the marsh with our star performer, but I ran out of time. It was one hectic month! Maybe in the future I'll add the other critters, but for now, I like how it came out. I had a ton of fun with this one and can't wait to see what the next challenge will be!

As always, I would love some honest feedback and critique. I'm always looking to improve!! 

Want to see the original sketches? Be sure to visit my blog! Click here: jessiebrannan.blogspot.com/201…
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle:  Solid piece of work!  Bravo!
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zeivin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Crowtesque Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   General Artist
This is so awesome, I love the colors and mood it sets.
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zeivin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm trying to get a grasp on color and composition, so I'm glad to hear that I've succeeded. :D And thank you for the +fav as well!
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Crowtesque Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I'm so happy to see another entry for this challenge. I have to say, I don't think I'm going to make the deadline, despite having started on it.

I'm really loving the colors and lighting in this. I think it's some of my favorite out of all your work.  The bird is well-stylzied. I see you played a lot with the proportions of the body. The composition is nice too.

As for some form of critique, the only thing I might suggest is continue working on smoothing out the rendering or just go all out with your brush strokes. In this case, the image is sitting in an area between "stylized brush strokes" and "fully rendered, smooth shading". It leaves an unfinished quality about it, especially in the back feathers. I often run into the same kind of issue when I try my hand at digital work.
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zeivin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope you finish it in time! If not, you should consider posting it late anyways, I would love to see it! :D

Thank you so much! Personally, I think it's some of my best work yet; I enrolled in Chris Oatley's Magic Box art course and I think it's been paying off tremendously. Ever since I got that critique about composition from the last time I tried to submit to the Stylized Animals gallery, I've been trying my best to give them much more thought. :) 

Thank you so much for the well thought out critique, it means a lot to me that you took the time. I think I see what you mean about the brush strokes, but if you wouldn't mind could you point me in the direction of some examples of "stylized brush strokes" and "fully rendered, smooth shading"? It's definitely something I'm going to have to work on, maybe with the next challenge! And it's funny that you pointed out the back tail feathers, because I was a bit rushed at the end (had to go to work) and that was the last thing I painted hahahaha! Next month I should have a lot more time to work on the challenge and it won't be so rushed.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Just quickly found some stuff in the gallery. I'm sure there are better examples out there for both, but I hope they kind of give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

Stylized:
sketchinthoughts.deviantart.co…
andrei-sitari.deviantart.com/a…
steph-laberis.deviantart.com/a…

Smoother Rendering:
noukah.deviantart.com/art/Did-…
pure-in-heart.deviantart.com/a…
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zeivin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for all of your help, those examples are great and definitely help out a ton! Looking forward to seeing your entry this month! ;)
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