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Power dive by lapis-lazuri Power dive by lapis-lazuri
Edit: No way! A DD, my first one! THANK YOU!!! :boogie:


Alcedo atthis, Eurasian Kingfisher, diving for a snack. These birds are incredible fishers, I've watched them diving on documentary films and it's a truly impressive sight. I really don't know how the photograph I used for ref was done. But the result is stunning and it was a pleasure to paint.

I focused most of my attention on the bubbles here. They took much of my imagination and inventiveness, and a few unsuccessful trials of the highlighting, until I finally got that look. Enjoy!


Reference "Under Water" by Gisela & Manfred Delpho: www.delpho.de/english/index.ht…
Take a look at the whole gallery on this site, there are some truly incredible photos.

Done entirely on Ps CS4.
Texture for the rocks from CG Textures.


Won First Place in the Dynamic Moments Contest - Artwork by :iconanimal-portraits:
Won Second Place in the Water-themed Contest by :iconsarahbuhr:
Participated in the "Traditional & Digital Art Birds" Contest by :iconparrotsandbirdsunion:


Animated WIP here:

Power dive - Progress by lapis-lazuri



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Thank you very, very much for all the :+fav: and comments! I deeply appreciate your support!
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Power dive by *lapis-lazuri ( Featured by Thiefoworld )

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IceManDBB Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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FDugourdCaput Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
wonderful work 
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am absolutely awestruck by this!!! :o (Eek) 
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it :)
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AnthonyKelly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nicely done!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SkunkyKitty662 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DO A FLIP TURN, BIRDY! FLIP-TURN!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, it knows its job :D
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SkunkyKitty662 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have hit my head on a wall while racing, bird.. It doesn't matter that it's the ground, this better be the quickest flip of your life.
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about them, they really don't crash in the bottom. Besides, the water is much thicker than air, you'll find it hard to smash yourself on the bottom, especially if you are as light as this bird ;) Even if they DO strike at their prey at marvellous speeds.
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SkunkyKitty662 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yepyep
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!  Awesome!  
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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dandilionseed Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow:
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely wonderful creation.
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome.
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Likaseth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Perfectly harmonising colours! How the f*** did you draw the bubbles so perfectly? :D
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, thank you :) I followed Mother Nature's own perfection :)
They were an experiment actually. I just let my hand freely mess around with shapes of different size, and then added a little lighting and glittering.
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Likaseth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, thatīs one of the deepest true thoughts I ever read on DeviantArt, amazing! ^_^
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, well, thank you! :)
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Adder-Snake-Bite Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful! The details of the bubbles look amazingly realistic and really suggest the bird's movement through the water :heart:
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Adder-Snake-Bite Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome!
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jessica162 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
You did an awesome job on this, I really wish I had enough patience to even think about trying to put detail and color on it. again awesome job.
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconsessinara:
Sessinara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That is really beautiful ^^
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting on this is what makes it so grand, it's absolutely breathtaking. Perfectly composed, perfectly captured, truly exquisite work my dear. No wonder this received a DD. Congrats. :aww:
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally welcome! :iconimhappyplz:
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Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Fantastic picture!  :)
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
You're welcome!  :)
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Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is just truly stunning. TRULY!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
good job
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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RainyBreath Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's too good, it's perfect! You took my breath away! :o *-*
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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jujukittystar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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BrennsArtAttic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Takes ur breath away..amaing work! :clap:
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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