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Bird of Paradise by Agaave Bird of Paradise by Agaave
A peacock dragon with the colors of evening sky.
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Gojira-Gabe1954 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IMPRESSIVE!!!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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Foppa87 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Aww, stunningly beautiful! I wish I could draw like you too! Love your work as always :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :floating:
Happy to hear from you! ^^
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AvocadoPolymath Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! Was this done using colored pencils or did you use other mediums as well? :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :airborne:

I painted the base with watercolors and then added details with colored pencils.
There are also some white gel pen details especially in clouds.
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AvocadoPolymath Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. It's absolutely wonderful. :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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shadowshot9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail and color! How long did this take you?
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:

I honestly have no idea how long this took me altogether... ^^;
I spent over a week drawing this, few hours per night. That's the best estimation I can give.
You're not the first person asking this so maybe I actually have to clock next time when I draw a traditional piece in this size. :plotting:
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:iconshadowshot9:
shadowshot9 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to compare your time to mine for something this complex, and I must say you have me beat... Either way it's absolutely beautiful! Good job! :thumbsup:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am really slow drawer and I like to give my pieces time. I also often let them sit on my table and just look at them from distance to see which areas still need work or which colors would fit best. I am just enjoying the whole drawing process! :D
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shadowshot9 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do that also, but I also draw what ever pops into my head so I will be running several drawings at once...
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here, I also usually have few pictures in progress at once but one of them is the "main" work I concentrate more and like to finish at first.
I guess we have rather similar drawing habits. ;)
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shadowshot9 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The one main thing is a good idea, up until now I've been doing mine in cycle...
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Love the colors!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :airborne:
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Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again i just love the colors and all the details especially on the dragon *_*
You did just a great job will al those scales! Just breathtaking!
I also love how you drew the feathers this time.
Damn! I don't know what to write.
I'm so impressed by this piece. Every picture you upload is better then the last one.
I'm glad you've uploaded so many pics recently :)
Even if i need some time to comment on them xD
Just keep up your aweseome work :3

Did you use watercolors for the clouds and a whitegel pen?
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much; I really appreciate your feedback! :heart:
Yep, I painted the clouds with watercolors and added those white edges with gel pen.

I am also happy that I have managed to be so productive lately.
I try to keep up the pace because - well - drawing just makes me happy.
And it is also nice to get comments for these "older" pieces (and this is not even that old yet) so no need to feel bad even if you don't have a chance to comment right away.
I am glad to receive your comments whenever you have time to write them! :huggle:
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Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No porblem my dear :hug:

I'm glad you managed to draw so much recently. ^-^
I just love your pictures!
They're always full of details and vibrant colors!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:tighthug:
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:iconkharemi:
Kharemi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Tää on aivan uskomattoman upea ! :wow:
Rakastan tota taustaa ja värejä aivan järjettömästi
ja hahmo itse kaikessa yksityiskohtaisuudessaan aivan ylikaunis:heart:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oi, kiitos paljon! :blowkiss:
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:iconkharemi:
Kharemi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ollos hyvä ♥
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Adreos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your creatures keep looking AWESOME.


I would disagree with the description though. Its defiantly a feathered dragon, or a dragon WITH feathers to be more precise. But when I hear peacock dragon I expect to see a massive feathery tail.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank youuuu! :ahoy:

I see your point there but in this case 'peacock' refers to those big, round featheres. ;)
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how vibrant all these colours are :D I also love how the shape of the clouds almost mimics the pattern of dragon scales :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :huggle:

I didn't even notice the similar shape of scales and clouds - happy accident there! :giggle:
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almaticani Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Look at all those feathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!So fluffy and
perky, and the happy pose! The only thing I kind of
find distracting that the dragon kind of melts in the sea
of the clorfull background which is beautifully executed
but just a bit too strong for such a happy fella.^^
All in all I will always love what you draw.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :glomp:

Yeah, background ended up having too similar colors than the character has...
I made same mistake earlier [link] and people mentioned me about that back then but for some unknown reason I did it again here. :oops:
Hopefully the third time is a charm and in next dragon drawing there will be more varying colors. ;P
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almaticani Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very much welcome!:glomp:

:D happens. But you keep progressing
so nicely...which makes me really happy
to see how you grow and learn on your
mistakes. You come back with a special bang
every time.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, I am glad you think so! :huggle:
Sometimes I feel that I am doing same mistakes over and over again but maybe there is hope for me. :meow:
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:iconalmaticani:
almaticani Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There is always hope.:D
Not always just sometimes.^^
But as I said earlier,
you improve quite quickly.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is good to have a reminder like this to sometimes look back where we have come from than just look forward and see how long way there is still to go. :heart:
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:iconalmaticani:
almaticani Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Even when we thing we have got far enough
there will always be some more improvement
to do.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Luckily and unfortunately! ;)
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Wow, your traditional art skills continue to blow me away. This is stunning. And the colors are so brilliant. Beautifully done! :iconomgsocuteplz:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much! :hug:

By the way, now that you mentioned a word traditional: I grabbed my dusty drawing tablet and tried if I still can do any digital art.
It has been more than a year since have painted digitally and I found out that my skills are really really rusty. :D
But it was fun for a change so probably there will also be some digital pieces from me this year.
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
:eager: Oh, I am so looking forward to seeing both mediums from you! I love your style of drawing. And somehow, I imagine that your digi skills aren't nearly as rusty as you think they are.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that! :dummy:

Oh and believe me, they are!
Especially what comes to drawing long hair... I was struggling with mane yesterday and almost thought I should leave the horse I am painting bald-headed. :XD:
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
:rofl: Poor (almost) bald horse... but no, your manes/tails are too beautiful to go missing. I have faith it will turn out stunning.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the confidence! :w00t:
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa. This is bursting with awesomeness. So much details - you took care to attend to each individual scale, every single feather...your dedication truly shows in this piece! Beautiful colors, too! And the overall design of the dragon is mind-blowingly stunning. :omg: Great work!!! I totally love this! :love:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :glomp:

I guess I haven't done as much scales in one picture earlier but it actually wasn't as horrible job as it might look.
Or actually maybe that's the reason: there was certain novelty coloring them. ;P
With feathers I remember wishing that there was somekind of copy-paste method also in traditional art.
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol. Making traditional art would be so much easier if there was a copy-paste button, or an undo button, or an escape button. :D Or if you could save it before trying something, and if it fails, hit the close button and choose not to save the changes. :giggle:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! I would have needed undo button countless times! :XD:
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Khanorn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Upea työ ja hienot yksityiskohdat :D Ja otuksen desing on tosi hieno :meow:
Mut yksi parannusehdotus olisi: Otuksessa ja taustassa on niin paljon samoja värejä ja hässäkkää, että olento hukkuu taustaansa. Suoraan sanoen olisi ehkä hyvä lisätä varjostuksia ja uskaltautua käyttämään voimakkaampia kontrasteja. Silloin katse työssä hakeutuu helpommin pääasiaan eikä taustaan :)
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Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitos paljon palautteesta! :airborne:

Mulla olikin alunperin tarkoitus, että hahmo ois erottunut paremmin taustasta (sain nimittäin samanlaista palautetta tästä kuvasta [link]) mutta sitten jotenkin matkan varrella kaikki värit alkoi muistuttaa toisiaan. Ehkä kolmas kerta toden sanoo ja seuraavassa loharikuvassa otuksen voi jopa erottaa taustasta! ;P
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Khanorn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ollos hyvä :) Pitäähän jonkun antaa palautetta korjattavistakin asioista tai kehitys jämähtää. Ei sillä ettet olis tosi hyvä jo nyt :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totta, itse ainakin arvostan tosi paljon sitä, että joku sanoo missä kohti ois voinut tehdä paremmin.
Aina ei välttämättä mene neuvot heti perille, mutta toivon mukaan joskus tulevaisuudessa kehitystä tapahtuu. :D
Ei sillä, etteikö kaikki kehutkin lämmittäis mieltä, mutta ne ei samalla tavalla auta kehittymään.
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