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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 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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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I am absolutely awestruck by this!!! :o (Eek) 
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it :)
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scatbadh Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nicely done!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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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