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Broad-billed hummingbird by MissNysha Broad-billed hummingbird by MissNysha
From CSUMB's science illustration program.

This guy was a spot illustration assignment in colored pencil on any surface we wanted - I chose duralene (a kind of semi-transparent film that you can draw on both sides). Duralene makes prismacolors really intense and creamy, and you can paint on the back in white gouache, shade on the back with graphite pencil, or add more colors on the back for an underpainted effect. Here I just have some graphite on the back to darken some places. And I used an x-acto knife to scrape the little feather details.

Used one of my own photos taken at Tucson's Desert Museum's walk-in hummingbird aviary as a reference.

Art copyright me. For display only. Do not use without my permission.
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TheLostTargaryen Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous...you've certainly used that paper to absolute perfection! =P I love the jewel-like quality of the colours, and the way the hummingbird almost looks as though it's breathing...you're a fantastic artist! :heart:
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MissNysha Jun 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconrichardcjensen:
Your hummingbird painting is so pretty!
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them feathers
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:iconlilyraine:
what do you mean by on the back? did you paint this on both sides of the paper? What exactly is duralene? Just curious, would like to try that technique, good job!
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MissNysha Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, exactly. :) Literally on the back of the "paper". Because it's not paper; it's a type of semi-transparent film. And I only added some graphite shading on the back on this one. All the color is on the front.
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KestrelRaptor Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is Amazing! I love the details and the colours are stunning! Awesome work!
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MissNysha Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it. :3
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KestrelRaptor Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! :)
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