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October 16, 2010
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Northern Shoveler by eidolic Northern Shoveler by eidolic
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7x10 inch acrylic painting.

Well this is what I entered to this years federal duck stamp contest. And I screwed up big time and I guess it costed me in the judging. First, the water is way to blue, I was going for something and it didn't come out right. Second, it is hard to see here, but I re-painted the background and it left bumps all over it from what was previously there. I told myself when it was time to ship it off that I totally screwed myself over for this one, and well what can you do... I didn't make it past the first round. I've got work to do and I know how to correct myself now and I guess I'm only going to get better if I keep plugging away. Learned a bunch here. I feel that I made easily preventable mistakes and I can only prevent them from previous experience so now I know.

But anyways, I am happy how the duck came out. It was a challenge to get the head right and the shadowing. I think I could have added more lighting to it, but I think it came out fairly well.

Thank you for looking, hope you enjoy.

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Meimei422 Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful nothern shoveler!
Imthenats Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like you captured the wetness of the beak and the feathers. cool!
mushroom-pride Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JamesKnoke Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, the water is AMAZING. like always your art inspires me :heart:
Fullmetal-Animator Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The colour treatment is excellent. The way you did the reflection is terrific as well.
Misted-Dream Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice entry! I especially like how you made the beak and its reflection. I do agree with you that the water's a bit too blue, but like you said, you learn from your mistakes. ;) I feel my entry was a bit too rich of a blue as well, at least in the water. It's nice after entering a couple times to kind of get a feel for what the judges are looking for. Even so, whether or not your entry does well, it's always a good test of your realism and paintings skills in general.
LenhHoli Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your water is amazing !!!!!!!
How did you do that ??????????????
I can see what you were going for with the water (I think) Sometimes water reflects some weird colours and shades and it doesn't always translate well to a reproduced painted image, I don't think it looks all that bad here. At least it would have caught the judges' attentions lol. The detail on the bird is flawless. Really great piece :)
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