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Decorah by pallanoph Decorah by pallanoph
Oh yes, here we have another pencil rendered sketch commission that grew a bit out of control, if you will... ^^; This is *kiki-doodle's winged unicorn character, Decorah. Was a blast to draw! And feathers... I have so many feathers to draw in the near future, you don't even KNOW. So this was good practice for sure. :lol:

I don't study wing anatomy as well as I'd like to, since every time I go hunting through my books and references, I can't find the exact pose I'm looking for. Then I get lazy (or crazy?) and give up, making up the rest on my own. I may be finally getting the gist of the feather layout, though.

Anyway! *kiki-doodle, I hope he looks alright!

Character *kiki-doodle
Art April Schumacher
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:icondgarauz:
Dgarauz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great
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quadallae Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
thats amazing!!!! I love it!! just awesome!!
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Hecci666 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
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:iconkanumbra:
kanumbra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Writer
This is seriously beautiful - absolutely love it!
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Dragon-lu-ver Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those wings are gorgeous! <3
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Javashot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
They are ! *so wondrous* if this was "good practice" then I marvel at the thought at what your art will look like as you get even better !
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE the way you did the wings. LOVE. :D
And such a cool, action-y pose, too. Very energetic!
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YT-KaraMayonakaSora Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
There's a couple of photographers on DA I follow who do a lot of bird photography that you could use as a reference.

They're :iconwyld-art-photography: and :iconfrancoborsiwildlife:.

I particularly recommend Borsi because he's good at getting wings at a variety of angles and positions.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Both excellent! Thanks very much. :)
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work :)
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bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the way you draw wings!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is designed beautifully! I love how you worked out the movement of all the feathers, and the pose is super active and beautiful! I'm really stoked to see how much detail you got in with your crosshatching. Great expression and I could just go on and on with the things I like about this! It's inspiring to me :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll tell you one thing... I squeezed more detail in there than I was initially planning. Feathers have a way of forcing me to work longer and put more definition in! :lol:

Thanks again, so very much! :hug:
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ladyburrfoot Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing!!!!! :faint:
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:iconfaula:
faula Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artist
the wing anatomy is pretty good :D lots of feathers o.0
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:iconsketcherjak:
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
outstanding!
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some amazing work. I love the wings just as they are you may not have studied wings as much as you would like but I think you got them down perfectly.
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:iconeien-no-musouka:
eien-no-musouka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Beautiful as always.
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martak92 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
this is great!!!!!!!!
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YahIJustLoveDragons Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous ♥u♥
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Heavenly333 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Great piece of art. Love it%uE00E
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:iconkqeina:
Kqeina Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Love it! Especially the bend on those wings and the tip of the feathers.
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:iconsilkkat:
Silkkat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wings are good
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:iconalmalphia:
Almalphia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Amazing as always!
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Miguel2010 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Fantastic creature and beautiful rendering.
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NewShine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeee, beauticiousness! I just love the touches you give to balancing the anatomy. 8D It make me drooool!
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:iconmistingwolf:
MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! You draw wings and feathers so well; it's why you've got so many to draw!
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Robuntua Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
davvero splendido! la tecnica che hai usato mi ricorda molto "Berserk" il fumetto!!! ti invidio ;)
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aetherfang Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Feathers!!! They are so much fun... but such a pain. Nice job with the wings, though, the pose looks great, and I love the curl at the end of the primaries!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They're so very annoying to draw: For me, finding the balance between just enough detail and too much is nigh impossible. :XD: Thanks!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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BlackChaos666 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome, especially when you did this without a particular reference.
The details in the feathers are jawdropping!
Only thing to mention is that the feathers of the creatures left wing are not correctly lined up in the lower part...(don't know how to explain that properly...you started right with the feathers on the 'hand', but after the curve they are 'upside-down'....you know? x'D)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I see that now... :XD: It's funny since I'd initially drawn those feathers overlapping the right way, and then (somehow) decided that wasn't right and re-drew them the wrong way. :laughing: I have no idea why I didn't check out a reference first!

Thanks for pointing it out! I'll probably fix it before I send out the original. :)
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BlackChaos666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like in school test, first answer hitting your mind would be correct but you then 'correct' it to be the wrong one xD
Nevermind, it's nothing really worth the effort of re-drawing all those beautiful feathers imo o.o
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DragonPud Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that's different! LOVE the tail!
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phoebus-chango Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice skills and technique!
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