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Bird practice sketches by namu-the-orca Bird practice sketches by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: many, ask if interested!
Time taken: 1 hour / 2 minutes each
References used: artists.pixelovely.com/
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5


Not dead! Yesterday I found out about this hideously handy website, artists.pixelovely.com/, where you can basically choose what you want to practice (hands, expressions, birds, horses, etc.), set a timer for how long you want to work on each picture and voíla, your own customised slideshow with reference pictures to practice with. So today I decided to give it a go with the birdies :) I drew thirty in total, each sketch done in two minutes. Lots of fun to do and great practice!


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All submissions in this gallery, be it photos, paintings or drawings, are copyrighted to me, Namu-the-orca. No one has the right to alter, distribute, copy or use my art without my written permission unless stated otherwise. My submissions are NOT stock
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:iconpoorartman:
Poorartman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
very cool sketches
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconpoorartman:
Poorartman Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
:3
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:iconvanzkie:
Vanzkie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student
*comments just now*
When I saw the eagle owl sketch I was like "I saw that in shutterstock XD" 
I've been thinking of making a tutorial on those birds since I'm quite familiar with their complex anatomy and species XD
can I use your dolphin drawing tutorial for outline reference?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, I guess these pics are pretty widely known.

Yes you may use it as a reference, so long as it's not obviously copied without original input, and as long as you give some sort of link back to me/my tutorial in the deviation description :)
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:iconvanzkie:
Vanzkie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student
thnx :)
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SilvAquaStar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Awesome! ^-^ That sounds like the best site ever!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it totally is! :D
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:iconcypselurus:
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work! ^^ What's the one just above the Eurasian Robin? 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! If you mean the owner of the wing that stretches above the robin, it was some kind of gull (very busy eating a huge crab, which I artistically replaced with a fish because they're easier to draw). The dark markings there were my attempt at getting down the shadows, which actually only makes it look weirder XD If you mean the sitting bird above the robin, that's a lady peacock :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :) Oh! That makes sense. Yes, I was asking about that one. Yeah, I thought that it was some kind of wing-shadow when you first said gull, and I was actually typing the sentence asking about what the shadows were when I read the last bit of your comment. Doh xP And thanks for the clarification! Your drawings are beautiful :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, seems you're gripped with the 'reply before reading full comment' problem as well - same here xD You're welcome, and thanks again, I'm glad you like them :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D I've actually had some pretty embarrassing incidents cause of that- and that was before you could edit comments on dA. Once was when I was replying to many people at once, including two people I was talking to about North American backyard birds (I think) and European pondlife respectively. dA's comment-working thing decided to crash briefly, so I copied my comments and stuck them on a word document to send later, so I wasn't to lose the massive paragraph-things. Of course, I ended up copy-pasting the bird reply to the pondlife reply. Doh >< 

:) 
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Photographer
This shows just how much experience you have in drawing. Well done! ;) (Wink) 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It's definitely a great way to hone skills - I haven't dared explore a less 'easy' drawing subject jet, though :p
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MaroonMaverick Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
this is useful!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that!
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MaroonMaverick Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
:)
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely birdies!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so, thanks! :D
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CheeTaxi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
what a bunch of cuties!! <3 you draw birds reaaallly well!! thank you for that site, too!
-K
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It really helps tremendously when you have a time limit; it turns of all the thinking and makes you really focus on shapes rather than details :D
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lightshootingstar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautyfull skechtes
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you think so!
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lightshootingstar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :) (Smile) 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Great practice!  I like the ducky.  But also all the others!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Oh yes, the ducky was definitely very cute. 'Meat' ducks like that are always so sweet yet sad; their plumpness makes them adorable but the fact their wings are still the size of that of a normal mallard also makes it terribly clear they'll never get anywhere near airborne ... unless you meant the baby duckling, in which case, well, ducklings are always sweet! :love:
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rplrodrigo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
  Awesome drawings, really liked all the depicted birds, but i must say that the guillemot (or perhaps a murre), the kiwi, the eagle-owl, the coot, the macaw, the zebra finch and the demoiselle crane (i think, as at first time i thought it was a pheasant tailed jacana, hehehe what a mistake) are my favorites :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, so glad to hear you enjoy them! The Guillemot/Murre (it's really a matter of preference, both names are used for the same bird) was definitely one of my own favourites as well; but they're just such pretty birds to begin with ♥ The kiwi, moorhen (not a coot! but very closely related :) ) and zebrafinch I really liked too - even though the finch needs bigger wings, I see now. Haha, the eagle owl was so hard to do I didn't even have time to draw his whole body before the time was up. Owls are definitely not my forte (yet)!
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rplrodrigo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
you're welcome :D these moorhens, always fooling me :P thanks for the info about guillemots/murres, don't really know much about these birds (clearly perceptible) Owls are a strange looking birds, already tried to portrays them on paper, but didn't liked the result....
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bunnybiscuit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great!! Im defiantly going to give the website a try! *^_^*
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Good to hear that, it's really awesome :D
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh these are lovely sketches. I like the floating duckling, the landing pigeon, the European Robin and the cockatoo.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like them. Those were some of my favourites too, that cockatoo especially looked so goofy with his crest up :lol:
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