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Golden Pearl by harpyja Golden Pearl by harpyja
A Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes brevis).

I know, the hornbill turned out very blue (ordinary the feathers are black with a blue gloss), but there is also a golden pearl in his beak and a very abstract background, so I think that's ok.

This is the first time I used salt and it WORKED!

About 10 hours / watercolour, Polychromos coloured pencils, golden paint marker, pencils, rough and fine salt on watercolour paper.



EDIT: A Daily Deviation - Thank you so much! :D :) ;)
(This is my first one, I was very confused about all the messages... :D)
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Given 2013-01-12
This wonderful mixed media piece of a hornbill is only one of many great works of art in this artists gallery Golden Pearl by ~harpyja ( Suggested by Russockshitha and Featured by Astralseed )
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great!!!!!!!!!!!
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Quaddles-Roost Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely :iconbeerglompplz:
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harpyja Feb 3, 2013  Student
Thank you :)
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TJSGrimm Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is phenomenal, I'm glad you got a DD out of it <3
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blanket86 Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I love this colours and style!
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harpyja Jan 13, 2013  Student
Thank you :)
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:iconmechaos:
Absolutely fantastic detail of the colored feathers! The blue on the cheek and wing is, as you admitted, very blue, but in the right lighting I've observed the silvery-cheeked hornbill to have that lustrous iridescent blue color. I'm curious as to why you didn't color in all the feathers though. No matter what though this is a beautiful watercolor of a majestic and in my experience very noisy bird.
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harpyja Jan 13, 2013  Student
Thank you! Unfortunately I have never seen a silvery-cheek live (Only the popular species - Great Hornbill, Knobbed Hornbill...) so I only know them from photographies. At some pictures the feathers looked very blue and I liked it so much :)
Some feathers stayed white (or with some pale watercolour) and look very flat because I wanted the hornbill merging with the background - so the watercolour parts and the drawing become one level. Something like this was my intention ;)
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:iconmechaos:
Ahh I see! Very well done! You have a magnificent talent for drawing birds! Keep up the great work! :)
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harpyja Jan 14, 2013  Student
Thanks :)
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