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Red Rufus by BrookeDibble Red Rufus by BrookeDibble
30/7/11 Wow, finally finished this one, it's been going on for ages!
It's a commissioned digital painting for a client who loves birds and wanted 'a big red bird of prey'... so this is the result. I've never painted birds wings before and they were HARD!!!
I didn't paint the sky, my client requested I kept the photo reference (several stock sky images layered over each other and lots of colour changing). But the bird is all (painfully) painted in Photoshop. The sky and my initial bird reference image were both purchased from Shutterstock.
Hope you like it :) It's going to be a massive canvas print (120cmx90cm)

* Now called Red Rufus, as this is what his new owner has called him :)
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:iconpreciousbliss:
PreciousBliss Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
:wow: Amazing Awesome work!! :love:
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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PreciousBliss Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
You're welcome..!!
Happy Sweet Friday dear friend :D Bliss
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:iconsunrei:
SunRei Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
You’ve been featured! :la: [link] Have a great day!
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:iconlupusazulli:
LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH MY GOD. I WISH I HAD YOUR SKILLS! Congrats on owning my favorite piece of artwork!
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
WOWEE, what a massive compliment!! :O :D
Thank you very much indeed!! xxx
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You deserve nothing less! :worship:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Excellent job!!! it's a great artwork! :hooray: :clap:
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahh thank you very much!
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
No problem! :woohoo:
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:icontaniaav:
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Woww!!! Really nice!!!
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you very much!
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:icontaniaav:
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
your welcome:aww:
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GalanorBrighteye Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you very much!
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GalanorBrighteye Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome. =3
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kargaroc586 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so beautifullll :heart:
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahh thank you! :D
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! <3
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahh thank you very much! x
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ShadowDragon22 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   Digital Artist
This is beautiful, there is so much detail! I can see allot of effort has been put into this~
I really love how soft the feathers look, and those wings are amazing, for your first time painting wings you did an excellent job! I also love the colours in this, both in the phoenix and in the sky. Tis really is a stunning piece. Great work! ^^
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconskudde:
Skudde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   General Artist
Very good work with the wings! They look very realistic. : )
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay! Thank you very much!
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Skudde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   General Artist
No problem ^^
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RedarianFoxhood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
amazing piece!!! +fav
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank yooou!
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:iconchildersart:
childersart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very Awesome!!
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Beautiful! Makes me think of a phoenix :D Excellent work on the wings, especially if this is your first time painting a bird--I've had some practice with them and I couldn't do that good a job. I think the ends of the primaries shouldn't be so blurry, though... Unless you're looking at owls, who have fluffy bits on the leading edges of their primaries to help them fly quietly, or unless the bird is very disheveled or in poor health, the edges of the feathers are pretty clearly outlined, because the barbules zip together so neatly.

...That got longer than I meant it to, and on a fairly trivial point.
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hahahah thank you very much! And I agree, although they were sharper originally and they just didn't seem to blend with the background enough and took focus away from the face. But still, first bird, I will learn from it! :)
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helgephoenix Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Beautiful..
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you very much!
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tequilapups Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, Very beautiful.
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D thanks!!
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tequilapups Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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TeodoCake Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
That is so nice!!!! :D *fav*
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay! Thank you! :)
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TeodoCake Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
^_^
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:iconc-hillman:
C-Hillman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me think of a Phoenix! ^_^
Beautifully done!
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you very much indeed! Yes I suppose it is a bit phoenixy!
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C-Hillman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the way the tail-feathers turned out! ^_^

Too bad I couldn't commission you to take my Phoenix ([link]) and redo it using the same basic design but with more realism! Unfortunately, since you obviously do at least some of your artwork professionally you'll most likely want to be paid for it and I'm broke at the moment.
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:iconbrookedibble:
BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's a very pretty coloured phoenix! Your sculptris pieces are looking cool too :)
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C-Hillman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^_^
My best Sculptris one isn't on here yet, as you could most likely guess, it is my most recent.

I first found out about, and got, the program on July 3rd. I'd never done any digital sculpting before then so I'm leaning a I go.
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah digital sculpting is awesome... It's a shame there is actually still a lot of technical stuff with it as well, it took me a while to figure out that I needed to retopologise my sculpt in order to get a better quality model, but it's all a good learning curve! I haven't used ZBrush in aaaages and have probably forgotten how to use the damn thing now, but can't wait to get ZB4 eventually and get back into it :)
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C-Hillman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You figured out that you needed to do what? ?_?





(?_? [link] and ^_^ [link] are site-specific smileys from the MangaFox Forums, I'm sort of hooked on them! =P By the way, do you like manga and/or anime? ?_?)
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
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rtaylor64 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
there is a great deal of digital art i dont like so much of it looks fake(call me old fashioned ) this is not one of those peices you have done a most amazing job here.no matter how hard it was i hope you enjoyed it and do more, beautiful work
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BrookeDibble Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahhh thank you so much, that means a lot to me! :)
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spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
So gorgeouse.
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