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Starlings by Cinnybird Starlings by Cinnybird
as usual, the scan can't capture how this piece really looks D:

Exotic starling species are some of my favorite birds! From left to right, these are a Rosy Starling, a Bali Myna (it's technically a starling) and a Violet-Backed Starling. Damn, that purple was hard :I I only have like 4 shades of purple, and these guys are really iridescent and have like 5000 shades of purple. I feel like I didn't do the Violet-Backed Starling justice but I'm proud of the other two.

if anyone knows the significance of the violet-backed starling they get a cookie

I'm thinking of making a series of bird drawings like this. All the birds in the drawing would be related somehow. For example, all green birds, all corvidae (crow family) or all fish-eaters. If anyone wants to suggest a species or theme, go right ahead. I'm thinking of doing hummingbirds next since they're awesome and I need to practice iridescence :U

Critique is appreciated very much :3

time spent- worked on it on and off for a week, I'd say approx. 5 hours working time all together
materials- prismacolor pencils and micron pens
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:iconnocturnalmissives:
Stunning!!! I adore the purple!!

Perhaps a trio of poicephalus parrots?

A Senegal, a male red belly and a Meyers parrot. (Could also do jardines or brown head but I find the first three to be most visually interesting)
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Cinnybird Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!

ooh those parrots are cool, especially the first one. I might do those :> thanks for the suggestion!
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Sternenmaskerade Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. I really love the coloring of the right bird. Wonderful :)
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Cinnybird Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! c;
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:iconmeihua:
Great work! I think the violet-backed starling's plumage looks fantastic, actually. You managed to convey the depth pretty convincingly with only four colors :)
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Cinnybird Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Well thank you very much <3

I actually used more than four colors ;P there's four purples, two pinks and a blue. But it was still not so easy to do.
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:iconmeihua:
Ahh, innovative :D
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:iconxcollapsix:
I LOVE THE PURPLE ONE
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Cinnybird Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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Scar-eye Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
These are just so beautiful :'D And the violet one, being iridescent, I think you
did a darn good job on it~
Does it's significance have something to do with its scientific name by any chance? :3
It would be amazing if further bird pics like this had their wings outstretched and
whatnot~

Overall this is great, but the Bali Myna's right foot (our right) seems a bit off in
perspective. It might just be me, but it seems like it should face forwards more, rather
than at a side angle~
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