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White-backed vulture by LeenZuydgeest White-backed vulture by LeenZuydgeest
White-backed vulture Gyps africanus.
6B graphite pencil. 175mm x 185mm.

1 of 5 drawings used on the educational wall in the public shelter at the new (2010) vulture enclosure in Rotterdam Zoo.

Beespit, beespit.deviantart.com/ who was my trainee in the beginning of this year, did the graphic design of the educational wall.

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Hunkinart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
I really like this one!!!

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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking at your work I can understand why, thanks!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
excellent work!
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool drawing. I love the position of his wings and you did such an especially excellent job on the soft feathers on his head and his eye. Always the most important thing to me is capturing the personality or soul of the subject - and that you did ! Wonderful :)
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, thank you viking western woman!
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Kameyo07 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice tonal work :)
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Oh wow... this is absolutely beautiful! The range of values and the shading technique really let this image pop, I think! I also love the fact that you did not make the contour lines too dark on most surfaces - this is what really lends to the three-dimensionality of this image. Fantastic! Keep up the great work! :heart:
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, you're the one with the cat!
It's always a challenge to use contourlines in such a way that they look...if they belong there, and not 'forced' because I just want to use outlines.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
*chuckles* Yes, I am the one with the cat, hehe. : )

I can certainly understand where you're coming from with the issue on contour lines - you do an awesome job with it! Keep up the great work1
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
The feathers look gorgeous...
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FatCatDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! The shading on the feathers is amazing. about how large is the original?
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not that big, the original is 185mm x 175mm (just measured it...)
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FatCatDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
cool, tiny!
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Beaken Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
amazing...
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AutumnCapricorn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
one thing to say.......WOW
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lover4everr Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZINGG
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. (He didn't look very trustworthy when I had to step into his holding to take photographs...)
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lover4everr Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh hahaa!
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great contrast. I love how you handled the medium in a light handed way that allowed you to get all of those fine little bits of eye candy in the highlighted portion of the wings.
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've used drawing paper with a rougher surface than I use for my ink drawings, and a 6B graphite pencil to force myself not to "drown" in too much detail (and for saving time...).
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GreyCatFelis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Heheh, nice link!
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GreyCatFelis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you) I did this picture in the Moscow zoo
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
beautifully done.
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