Native to the archipelago, these hummingbirds (named edenbirds due to their long white tails and fragile appearance) are quite unique: they are not just considered one the the most aggressive species of bird (even if technically harmless to humans, due to their size), they are also the only known species of hummingbird with a hive-like mind, living in communities of several hundreds of individuals. They usually build their nests to surround a circular area, creating a dome that provides a safer space for the colony.
During hatching season, females usually stay in the highest nests. Males stay outside and close the nests with clay and leaves almost completely, leaving only a tiny opening through which they bring food to the females. These become particularly aggressive, buzzing loudly, much like bees, to wear off predators, and sometimes even going for the eyes.
I love this concept a lot, and I like your style There's no strong focal point in this piece however The white birds and red nests are distributed so that your eyes are sort of streeetched in every direction, struggling to decide what should be looked at. And no element sticks out from the rest. The figures in the mist, though I'm sure you wanted em to be slightly concealed, are really hardly paid ANY attention at all. The tree trunks stick out a lot, but I suspect that the trunks werent supposed to be your focal point Otherwise, I love it
Trueee. That's gotta be one of the best critiques I've had in a while. The thing with the people was intentional, since I kinda want viewers to go "oh, I hadn't noticed" (the project was partly about the scale of nature over people). But you're absolutely right about everything else. :] Effective composition has always been one of my most sought after-skills. So thank you!
This is a truly beautiful style! It seems almost messy. Certainly not for lack of skill, it adds a carefree, conceptual feel, but still makes a finished piece. Beautiful colors, lines, everything! Nice work :]
Thankssss! I used to try really hard to paint things to death so they'd look "finished" in other peoples' eyes (still feel the pressure on the back of my head sometimes), but that doesn't make much sense when one of my favourite parts of my style is the pencil lines.
More often than not, some of my favourite artists make these beautifully painted compositions that make me go "oh okay it's cool" - yet, when I see their sketches, I completely drool over them and love them to death. So I'm definitely working on incoporating my pencil lines better and better on my finished pieces.
I have been too busy to comment on your other pieces (and still am...ugh) so you will be bombareded with comments at some point. bwahahaha.
I had to stop and take a moment to tell you that I looooooooove this. Love Love Love. You should make a print. I would buy it. That reminds me. I still need to commission you at some point or another. When I'm not killing myself with freelance, and you're not killing yourself with awesome drawings.
I love the textures and your lines and the movement that is very obvious in the birds. The hives look like human hearts. It totally adds to the awesomeness. I'm morbid today.
HUMAN HEARTS! I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years, but it adds so much oomph to the whole concept. I am in awe by your complimentage, and I'll be eagerly awaiting your barrage of comments. FFFFFF <3
Quite atmospheric. The strange red nests definately help to create an uneasy feeling. I felt like perhaps the light on the ground filtering through the canopy could be a touch brighter in contrast to the ground, but that's just me. Looking forward to seeing the other three of these!