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Song in the Sky 4 Bird 5 by rachaelm5 Song in the Sky 4 Bird 5 by rachaelm5

This is the final bird for my parents' big Song in the Sky 4 commission.

Watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, gold paint pen.

Also, in a fit of what turns out to be complete insanity, I have photographed this image at about forty stages of coloring progress so that you can see how I work. Putting this thing together in Photoshop took as much work as actually coloring the bird!

Progress Part 1
Progress Part 2
Progress Part 3
Progress Part 4
Progress Part 5
Progress Part 6

Original art: not available

Prints:
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches not available

Shipping included.


Companion to:

Song in the Sky 4 Dragon 2 by rachaelm5 Song in the Sky 4 Bird 2 by rachaelm5 Song in the Sky 4 Bird 3 by rachaelm5 Song in the Sky 4 Dragon 3 by rachaelm5


Finished project:

Song in the Sky 4 final comp by rachaelm5

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:iconalexameyer:
alexameyer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
This is gorgeous! I love the bright, glass-like feathers.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Yeah, I never do seem to bother with properly feathery-looking feathers most of the time. I'm addicted to the smoothness, I think. ;-)
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alexameyer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Well, your smoothness addiction worked perfectly here. It makes this bird look more magical and mystic :D
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TheBeastyDragoness Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
My first thoughts when I saw this was 'WOW!' :XD:
Seriously, this is a wonderful picture, I cannot take my eyes off of it!
I really love the way you do your lighting, and the colours fit perfectly together! The background also fits very beautifully with the picture :D Has any mentioned anything about the background yet? hmm...weird o3o :XD: And the best part is........IT WAS ALL TRADITIONAL AAAAAAAAAAARTTTTTTTTT :iconimhappyplz:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

What's so funny is that this bird was the last of the set, kind of a space-filler for the big Song in the Sky 4 assemblage. And yet, a lot of people seem to like this bird the best! I think there's a lesson here for me. ;-)

I'm all about making a big mess in my studio. I still love my traditional mediums. :D
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TheBeastyDragoness Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome! :D
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:iconwyvernadas:
Wyvernadas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful, such fantastic colours!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :D
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:iconwyvernadas:
Wyvernadas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! =D
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The-Psychic-Paligin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
the colours you have used here work awsome together ^^
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :D
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Good work.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The design on this is simply stunning! The wings are so beautiful and hypnotizing to look at. :wow:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! It's funny; this is probably the simplest of the bird designs for this set, and yet it seems to be the one people like best! I bet there's a lesson in here somewhere... ;p
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, there very well could be. :D
For me, though, it was the combination of both design and colors that made me fall in love with it so much. :love:
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jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Your beautiful work with color truly rocks my world!!!!!!!!!jack
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Jack! I'm glad you like my critters. :D
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jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I love them ALL!!!! jss
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Fiji-Fujii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen your newest 5 pictures and from all of them, I like this one best. :aww:
Love the fact that it still looks "warm", even though you mainly used "cold" colours. Also, I like the pose of that bird and it's face. :XD: So cute!
Awesome work on the background too. :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

I'm surprised that this last bird is the one people seem to like the best. Maybe the color scheme makes more sense to people. The colors are much "calmer" compared to my usually eye-searing ones. ;-)
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OpalStarDragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
so beautiful!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you; glad you like it.
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dragonmajik Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Happy bird is happy to see you! Alls I can say is that I really really like all the blue colors... especially the really deep blue that faces into the black. :nod:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again.

Nothing does the happy dance quite the way cockatiels do. :D
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iytj Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
amazing work!:clap:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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iytj Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
u r welcome!=D
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Sysirauta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
When I first time found your gallery, I noticed all awesome colours and still love them to death. <3 Shiny turquoise parts here are my favourite, they just popped out beautifully. ^^
And now I have to ask which sort of Prismacolours you use? I'd like to have my own Prismas (partially your fault |D ), but I should order them from overseas (I don't think they're sold anywhere in Europe) so it would be nice to know what can make that kind of soft colouring? :3 My Derwents and Faber-Castells can not make good colour over watercolour...
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - I like those shiny turquoise parts, too. I just hope that those colors don't take over the bird when I cut it out! ;-)

I use Prismacolor Premier pencils and I do highly recommend them. I think they are sold primarily in the United States, but I believe that you can still get them to Europe through the internet. I use the Dick Blick online catalogue as my primary resource ( www . dickblick . com ). I hope that you can reach it!

I have a set of Faber-Castelle Polychromos that are lovely, but only if I use them *by themselves* - no watercolor with them! They make beautiful transparent layers of color, but I sure can't fix mistakes by grinding over the bad parts the way that I do with the Prismacolors. I've never tried the Derwents; I might have to see what they are like just for comparison.
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Sysirauta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot the info. :3 ... I'm looking that full 132-color set with gleaming eyes...I have to send some e-mail to them and ask do they ship to Finland and how much it would cost.

Derwents are in various hardness...I have Derwent Studios which are hardest ones. They don't make that intensive colour than Polychromos but are more suitable for small details (and hues are different...that's why I want much colours from many manufacturers, it gives very nice variety to hues and hardness/softness level).
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Chipper ain't she?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always. :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Insanely cool.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deliciosuly cute, colorful and beautiful !! Awesome work with the lively an dcolored details !! :clap:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome ! :hug:
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
And again a happy bird :XD:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again and again and again! ...Nah, this is the last one for my parents' project. I think I will do other creatures for a while after this. ;-)
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Which will also smile? :D
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um... Yes, probably. :giggle:
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I knew it :D
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning!
Well done :clap:

*goes to check your gallery*
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :-)
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OneMoreDayToRegret Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
holy grilled cheese samitches!!

love how u got all the photos of how its done.. looks like an epic time and a half!! waita be!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks very much (particularly for sanctified grilled cheese samitches.)

I think it took longer to assemble the mass of photos than it did to actually color the bird. ;-)
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OneMoreDayToRegret Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
haha i wouldnt doubt it at all that it took long to asemble then to colour... but u did a really good job at it so give urself a pat on the back and a cookie for shits and giggles!! haha :D
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CuriouslyEm Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
wow that looks amazing! :)

<3
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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