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The Edenbird Hive by Kyendo The Edenbird Hive by Kyendo
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.


Also for A Handful of Wonders.

The Whale Cemetery
The Giant Hourglasses of Abuya
The Guatemalan Stone People
The Glowing Lakes of Cape York


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ihdneph Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love love love love love this.  And everything else you do.  I've just been on a little Kyendo-binge-view of your work.  It's all so wonderful
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional
Aw man, thanks so much, such kind words! This one's pretty old but it's good to know people still respond to it! 
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ihdneph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha don't worry, I'm fully enjoying your new stuff too!
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LillaKott Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you've got such a strong hand-drawing! I like a lot what you did!
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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StonyShepherd Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutety stunning!
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Prabu-S Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Beautiful Painting. :]
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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Oxeren Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome! Your style is amazing
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional
Aw, thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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001-JeSter-100 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing!!! i love it!!! :333 :la: :la:
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional
Glad you like it!
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skillustrate Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any reason you chose not to depict wing motion?
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional
Not particularly, I just wanted it to really look like a moment frozen in time. Like when a picture is taken with high shutter speed. :)
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skillustrate Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh~ gotcha. Great 'shot' then.
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lybrus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Muito fixes estes pássaros vindos de colmeias ^^
qualquer dia o james cameron convida-te para ires fazer concept art :p
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional
AHAH, claramente ele não teve imaginação suficiente a trabalhar no Avatar. :P
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lybrus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
nao foi ele que fez concept para aquilo
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Beatrix-White Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful work!
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Dr-Nasha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I LOVE the light and the general atmosphere, congratulations!
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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Cadba Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this concept a lot, and I like your style :D 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 :P Otherwise, I love it :D
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional
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!
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Cadba Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Sweet! I see! :D an I'm so glad you found it useful :) I love your style a lot! keep up the good work :D
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kitendawili Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist
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 :]
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional
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. :)
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kitendawili Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist
It is very beautiful line work :]
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kalicodreamz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
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.
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
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
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furious-teapot Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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!
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
You're right, it was actually much lighter, but I had to make it darker for the sake of composition - the bird in the foreground got lost in the middle of it. Good eye, sir!
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furious-teapot Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
;)
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KibaNova Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
are these all made up articles?? D:
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
They might be.

They might not.

Who knows?

:3
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thanoodles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
AAAAAA está lindo. Saíste-me cá um cromo.
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
repetido?
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thanoodles Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
I'd say yes, but you're one of a kind.

(BEEEEEEEM)
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
yeaaaah
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RoboChandler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Beautiful, has a really lovely texture to it
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
Thanksssss :]
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novaster Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011   Digital Artist
It truely is a wonder~
I've never hear of birds forming a colony before..I do hope you submit more Wonders!
Are the nests actually red?
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
Well, it's okay if you've never heard of them, they might not exist.

Or maybe they do.

The nests are red because they use argyle and dead leaves (among other things) to put them together.

That is, if they're real.

Which they might be.

Or might not.

:D
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours are fantastic! The red really stands out. The textures work well to create the atmosphere of it, too :)
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
Thanks! I'm always a bit afraid of overusing textures. :p
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As a fellow worrier of the same issue, I can tell you you're not :lol:
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khaamar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love it! Very pretty, the textures give a nice effect and composition is really pretty (:
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional
Thank you! I'm honoured :D
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