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Aythya nyroca by harpyja Aythya nyroca by harpyja
A couple of Ferruginous Ducks.

This species of Diving Ducks is nearly extinct in Germany. This illustration is for a project of the NABU.

Watercolour and Polychromos Coloured Pencils on Universal Paper / about 15 hours
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible details and realism, love your use of colors aswell!
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satishverma Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work.
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harpyja Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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satishverma Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome.
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LilyRaine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
good job! how did you do water color with the pencils? which did you do first?
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harpyja Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! At first I used baked watercolour with a brush. When this layer was dry, I added some highlights with my coloured pencils. This was the first time I combined the watercolour and the pencils ;)
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GreenMacawStudios Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is really awesome the colors and details are fantastic! :omfg:
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harpyja Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :)
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PandaguyXD Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's art like this that's misunderstood...
Much better than a lot of the anime fanart you see crowding dA...
(Not saying that I hate anime, but this stuff needs more attention.)

Anyways, I love your style! The ducks are just awesome! :D
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harpyja Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I agree with you - If you do not choose "most popular" there will be many scribbles and fanart of 12 year old girls... But I should not talk too bad about anime drawings, I did a Hellsing drawing, too :P
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PandaguyXD Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I don't hate anime either. The style *is* nice, but there's too much of it now, IMO. This is the art I *prefer* to see. :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! So lifelike!
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harpyja Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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celeste1528 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
gorgeous :heart:
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harpyja Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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celeste1528 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no problem ;)
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Psydrache Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wirklich sehr schön geworden, nur etwas Schilf im Hintergrund würde dem bild mehr Leben geben. Oder generell einfach eine Farbe, einfach ned weiss ;)
Finds klasse dass du was für den NABU machen kannst, hoffentlich bezahlen sie dir auch was dafür.
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harpyja Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank :)
Der schlichte Hintergrund war Vorgabe, weil die Illustration auf eine Infotafel über Moorenten kommt und dort voraussichtlich auch noch ein Bild vom natürlichen Lebensraum zu sehen sein wird. Na kalr, ein Honorar bekomme ich auch ;)
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