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Old 06-09-2007, 04:12 AM
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Hummingbird WIP for Mom

As a belated Mother's Day present, I'm doing a request for my mom of a hummingbird. Because of house painting, and life (don't get me started), it's going to be a little late for Mother's Day... oh well



As usual, this is on 5" x 7" (127mm x 178mm) Ampersand Clayboard Black. The only tools used thus far, and all I plan to use, are two different sizes of pin (a standard sewing size, and a smaller seed-bead needle). As I like my hummingbirds to have blurry wings instead of freeze-framed ones, this is also an experiment to see if I can do it without any of the traditional shading tools (fiberglass brush, steel wool, sandpaper, etc).

As I'm still blocking in, I've been jumping around to various parts of the image. As a result, not even the small bits are done. Here's a little bit of detail:



And I thought the feathers on the OWL were a pain! Basically, it appears I'm doing this life-sized (hadn't realized that when I started).
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

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Looking real good so far. Can't wait to see how it finishes up!!
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

You have a great start here. I am eager to see more.
I have found details of feathers and fur, (in fact, of everything), are more fun and less of a pain if you work a bit larger.
Are you going to color it?

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It's already looking good!
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Wow - what tiny details! I can't wait to see how it all works out!

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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

Thanks for the encouraging words. Yeah, working larger would possibly be easier...I think. For now, I'm not planning on coloring it, though I might have to put a thick light background band across the piece at hummingbird level to have it pop out. Right now, the thing I'm most anticipating is the making of the rear wing, which extends for most of the height of the board above the bird. Incorporating the motion blur, I think, is going to make doing the feathers seem like a walk in the park.

But it's all good. The next piece for the gallery will be a hummingbird piece, in color on larger Clayboard smooth, so this is good practice. Now I just have to budget my time between these projects and the airbrush stuff I have to do. Don't know where I'm going to find all the necessary hours.
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

This is looking wonderful, be sure to take good notes on the blur.
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CJ, this is great. I admire your technique alot. Looking forward to the finish.
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

I decided to just take the plunge and try to get the wing motion-blur out of the way. So, here's the latest:



It's about 85-90% of what I was hoping for, but since this was a new experience, I'll take it. There's still a little tweaking to do, but the hard part is done. And yes, it was 100% done with my seed bead pin.

Now I can concentrate on the 50% of the bird I still need to do and then the flowers.
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

You did pull it off and it is fantastic! Wonderful job. Can we see detail images?

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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

Wow! Motion capture on Claybord black - this is very good - maybe it's only 90% of what you thought, but it looks like 100% to me!

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ps. Wait a minute... did you say "seed bead pin"
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

Thanks. I have to say, it was an interesting exercise in execution. I might still mist over a couple of annoying areas with T-100 and re-scratch them. But first.... for D, the detail (I remembered I forgot to post it after I went to bed):



As you can see, it's mostly just a lot of very fine lines (I tried not to scratch deeply) following the general direction of motion. Sort of like when you draw those curvey lines to indicate a propeller spinning. The important thing is to...ahem...feather it out so there are no in-focus areas as well as having less density at the edges than in the middle.

And T... seed bead pin, seed bead needle.... tomayto, tomahto. Here are a couple of comparison pics, one with my tools, and the next with the raw pointy things:





The thicker pin is your standard #20 pin, which I measured at 0.7mm in diameter. The seed bead needle - a #12 - tips the micrometer at 0.3mm. You'll notice that it sits a lot lower in the holder than the regular pin. That's because it flexes like a sonovagun, it's so thin (and the holder just barely grips it tightly). Of course I keep both very sharp by rubbing on a hard Arkansas stone.
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Re: Hummingbird WIP for Mom

That's amazing! Especially how fine your needle is. I'm not sure I would have that sort of patience!
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Whoa! I'm pulling up my easy chair to watch the progress to the finish! You are amazing!
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Pin, needle, whatever, my father's family is Métis (Plains Cree - French) and a local First nations woman taught us how to make seed bead jewellery when I was a girl, so I know how thin those needles are - that's why I was freaking out - I have a whole new level of respect for your work!

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