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Starling Rider by SailingBreezes Starling Rider by SailingBreezes
A quick watercolor experiment to test out my new Fineline Masquepen. The pen only works half as well as I expected, but the rest of the painting turned out great!

Tools: W&N Cotman watercolours, light blue watercolor pencil, Fineline Masquepen

For more artwork, please visit my tumblr: nattlestuff.tumblr.com/
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there :wave: Your artwork has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of August. Enjoy the article here: mydigitalmind.deviantart.com/j…
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I'm so flattered! Thanks very much!
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3-LeafClover Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist
I love it! Especially the bird. 
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks very much!
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KestrelRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is beautiful! The colours are really nice and the background is so pretty too!
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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05beaste Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
lol i love it, also im really impressed at how you got the lumination in the birds wings!?!?!?
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! i achieved the luminosity of the wings using the wet-on-wet technique, as shown here: koyamori.deviantart.com/art/wa…
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05beaste Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
thanks very much for the tip, althou im useless at painting lolzz XD
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Karageorges Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Romantic and peaceful too!!
Compliments again!
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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oaruish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful colors!
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Karisean Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This very much so reminds me of the art of Miyuzaki's films, with its fantastical theme, as well at its style. I also love how you can see the texture of the paper you painted this on, it really works well with the inherent earthiness and feel of traditional paint. Fantastic work! :glomp:
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was definitely channeling the whimsy of Miyazaki films with this.
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Karisean Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Awesome! Well you definitely got that down pat! ^_^
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naama6699 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheBanannamator Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm guessing you used the masquepen on the white detailing of the wings? It turned out really nice though, I think the roughness of the lines really add to the personality of the painting :-) I've been eyeing up the masquepen but don't think I'll get it now haha, too expensive if you say it isn't so good. The feathers are so beautiful!
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thank you! Yeah I used the masquepen for most of the white detailing. While it worked to create the fine lines on the wings, it had an unpredictable flow that was hard to control, so some lines are much thicker than others. But I don't regret the purchase since I found it on sale haha. Maybe in the future the company will make something similar with more control.
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, the starling's feathers are gorgeous:love: They have such vibrant colors that really bring the bird alive. The colors are also warm in contrast to the girl's blue dress:nod:
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you think so--this was largely an experimental painting with good results!
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome:aww:
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Kikwoka Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Nice - I like the white highlights, they give the picture a more magical feel.
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Mousse95 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa. beautiful...
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Mousse95 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome!
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zerodj Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is simply amazing, inspiring and colorful! great piece!
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)
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zerodj Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome! =)
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ScribbleZennias Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your wings are wonderful! 
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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StarlightAngel-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty. I like all those background colors and the wings on the bird are very nice =]
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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