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Blue and Gold Macaw - Redrawn AGAIN by KristynJanelle Blue and Gold Macaw - Redrawn AGAIN by KristynJanelle
In July, I decided to redraw one of my Blue & Gold Macaw drawings from two years prior. I wanted to see how much I had improved, and where I could continue to improve. Now, only four months later, the one I drew in July looked so flawed to me.... so I had to give it another try.
July 2012 Attempt : [link]
August 2010 Attempt : [link]

At the time I drew the original in 2010, I thought it was just fantastic. I was ridiculously proud of myself, and it stayed on my wall until this year, when I rejoined deviantart and started to realize I could do better. (There is no longer any version of this portrait on my wall - the Glaucous Macaw is there instead). Well, when I first redrew it I corrected a lot in relation to the anatomy, added more detail to the yellow feathering, and worked on the shading and composition a bit. Then, after a few months, I realized that I completely left out a lot of important details, such as the detailing on the feathers and beak, and the texture of the skin on the face. So here's the newest version, four months later.

Roughly 9 hours, colored pencil on recycled paper.


This piece is for sale! Check out my Etsy shop this this and other listings : [link]

I am also available for commission : [link]
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:iconje-ssi:
Je-ssi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the colors and the way how you draw the feathers !
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :heart:
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:iconje-ssi:
Je-ssi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome Hug 
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:iconsutittaja:
Sutittaja Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
All your drawings are so beautiful and lovable. And epic. Too bad that I suck in drawing..
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! It just takes a lot of practice, I used to suck too :P
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:iconjet-b:
Jet-B Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am loving it!! I used to have this bird, and he was pretty incredible. You capture Mccaws really well :) great job
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:iconloell567:
Loell567 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks just like my little Marvey...
I wish he hadn't passed away :(
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww I'm sorry :( How old was he?
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:iconloell567:
Loell567 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really sure :l
He was young and he had epilepsy. :(
One day he had a seizure that wouldn't stop and we had to have him put down :(
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Sally21202 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't know birds could have epilepisy. So sorry for your loss. =(
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:iconloell567:
Loell567 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's better to focus on the good things.
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:iconyouvegotmaille:
youvegotmaille Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Oh, my god, totally breathtaking...
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsky-c:
Sky-C Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful! :aww:
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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DanielGee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again with this one it keeps your eyes attracted to it to observe in greater detail, really nice :) And kudos for doing this in traditional art as well which i always find impressive. The only thing i see in difference with the other white parrot is that the feathers in this one lack depth in my opinion, my eyes can't really seem to see this in perspective and his shoulder/back looks like it's flat to me. Although the drawing itself still looks stunning, and that minor thing doesn't bring down the nice look of the drawing :)
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the critique! I can definitely see what you're saying. I did not shade this one as drastically because I was trying to experiment with different ways of drawing feathers. It did take away from the depth, somewhat, I agree. I hadn't really noticed before.
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islammostafa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
i loved colour pencil
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Colored pencils are wonderful :)
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:iconislammostafa:
islammostafa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
what colours do you use ?
fabercastle or prisma
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
prismacolors :)
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:iconkevho8461:
kevho8461 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great.
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:)
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:iconmidnighttiger8140:
MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's amazing to see how much each attempt has improved from the previous one. I love how much more detailing this one has. You really did a great job of bringing out the textures. :w00t:
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icontelemaniakk:
Telemaniakk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmayhemztreet:
MayhemZtreet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your redrawing pays off!! It's beautiful!!
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsoharu-kun:
Soharu-kun Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply amazing! I especially love the blue feathers *w*
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconsoharu-kun:
Soharu-kun Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconjessribeiro:
jessribeiro Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so real *-*
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful! :-)
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of October. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome, thank you :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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:iconunmei-wo-hayamete:
Unmei-Wo-Hayamete Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
The rate at which your work improves is incredible and is leaving me feeling very jealous indeed aha!
Astounding piece, as per :D
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D
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:iconunmei-wo-hayamete:
Unmei-Wo-Hayamete Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
more than welcome!
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xxStolen-soulsxx Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I went to a salvage yard earlier today...
they have this beautiful macaw(this variety) but he is 20 years old, and losing his feathers.
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh poor baby, why is he losing his feathers, is he sick or plucking? A 20 year old Macaw is still very young...
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:iconxxstolen-soulsxx:
xxStolen-soulsxx Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
he is probably sick, perhaps not physically but mentally...
he also can't squawk.
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh poor baby!
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:iconxxstolen-soulsxx:
xxStolen-soulsxx Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
yeah, he is beautiful otherwise...
the Zebra striping around the eyes is particularly striking...

he shivers because of his missing feathers....
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:(
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:iconhelens-serendipity:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Much improved indeed & you should be very proud :clap:
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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