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Piebald Peacock by windfalcon Piebald Peacock by windfalcon
This was quite a challenge! I don't think I've ever painted a peacock, much less in watercolor. I should point out - this is all watercolor, except for the wispy feather vane portions of the white feathers. I painted all the brown around the green of the tail feathers (note - a peacock's 'tail' isn't actually its tail! The 'eye' feathers actually grow from its back. They have a true tail beneath).

With watercolor, if you want to retain the brilliance of the color, you have to paint on the white of the paper. I could have used white gouache and then painted on top of that, but it always dulls down the color, and with peacocks, the colors are bright!

This is a commission for ~EstrellaPaintedHare. It was a lot of fun to do, and I'm glad I had an opportunity to paint such a vibrant bird.

You can see the process of painting this here:
Part 1: [link]
Part 2: [link]

Watercolor and white acrylic on hot-press Fabriano, 8 X 11 inches
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TrottingPeryton Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even though it has those white patches, it is still so beautiful.
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CobaltDeirdre Sep 8, 2013   General Artist
Really Fantastic <3 I love everything with animals like this... you have a talent :)
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crimsonzettaIV Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
so pretty! it's absolutely stunning i love it :D
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LunaticRomance Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
really beautiful :o
i like how you draw feathers, wings and tails of birds
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drosera-sundews Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the way you posed him. Not only showing the tail but the wings too. And the white parts, very lovely.
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:icontenko72:
This is colored so well! Its markings look great.
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MontanaSkies Apr 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive!
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:iconfawnir:
BEAUTIFUL!! I use to have an india blue silver pied peacock. Not as much color as this one.
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yurionna Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The peacock look fantastic! :w00t: I would completely fail trying to paint anything decent in watercolor :XD:, this is just amazing.
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