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    Cute Cockatiels are Cute WIP

    I love cockatiels. They are super cute. I own 3 of them I love them so much. =D

    Anywho, when I found this photo of a pair of cockatiels on the internet I had to draw it!


    Here is my sketch so far - I want to finish this but I cannot get past this stage. The bottom cockatiel head is giving me serious problems. I have re-sketched and re-sketched and re-sketched! Something is driving me crazy about it but I cannot figure out what is wrong! Any advice?

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    Well my first opinion that comes to mind is...trace it...cause why agonize over something that already exists?

    But I'm assuming that's not the help you want and maybe you like practicing this way. Soooo...I would reccommend trying to understand the forms in 3 dimensions. Draw more construction lines indicating planes. This will help you because you won't simply be copying a 2d flat surface of coordinates.

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    Something I notice about the top bird is his head doesn't have much structure. In the photo you can clearly see his brow ridge and really feel the form of the face. Your head is a curved line, and has no form. Because of that, it's hard to tell the angle the head is at. I thought he was directly side on at first.
    That's mostly what stuck out at me.

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    It might be helpful if you broke the birds into clear parts before you started to detail them:



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    During my lunch break today I worked on the anatomy and some details on the cockatiels. I think they are much better looking today than yesterday. I still need to finish making clean lines, but I'll work on that later. I am deciding on what to finish this drawing in since I need to decide that at this point. I am thinking color pencils but my husband says I should continue in just pencil. Any opinions? And yes, that is a pasta sauce stain on the paper, haha.

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    Stupid database error ate my post I rewrite only the more important part:

    You drastically changed the eye chapes. The top bird has a tear shaped eye and the bottom one's has sharper corners and the eye is more closed. The bottom cockatiel's beak is simplified in your drawing, it's a pity, it has such a wonderful shape in the original.
    The top bird improved a lot since last time, good job.

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    I don't quite get what you mean by the beak being simplified; can you explain please? This silly bird on the bottom of the photo has been giving me nothing but trouble, haha.

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    I did some touch ups on the eyes and beaks on both. Going to bed now. Hopefully the critique night owls will awaken and give me their wisdom.

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    negative space

    try to look at negative space
    let say your working on the upper birds beak , the mouth part look at the opening of the mouth and draw that shape instead of looking at the beak and drawing the beak this will help to fine tune

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    It's hrd to tell it with words if you don't see the difference... (my English has limits, you know) But the beak of the bottom bird is more interesting and more similar to the original in your last update... You separated the two beak parts with a simple curve before.

    Listen to RangerX, negative shapes can help you

    Did you decide what will do with this drawing? I mean, colored pencils, some kind of shading...

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