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The elusive Malayan Peacock-Pheasant by Heliocyan The elusive Malayan Peacock-Pheasant by Heliocyan
Malayan Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron malacense)

I tried to stick with a restricted colour palette, but wonder whether I got carried away too much? It was originally planned monochrome - maybe even pencil - with only the spots in colour. But halfway through I thought it's missing something, and in came sienna & yellow...

Acrylic ink, Chinese brushes on cold press Bockingford paper.

Should anyone be interested to kindly buy a print, I do sell prints of this painting here on DA and in my ETSY store: [link]

I used this wonderful photo by :iconcycoze: as inspiration:

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Given 2013-03-15
The suggester said: The elusive Malayan Peacock-Pheasant by *Heliocyan shows a beautiful use of the traditional and very old art form of ink use. The muted colours bring the contrast in the plumage of the bird nicely to life. As well, this work is a fine example that shows us that not every inch of the paper needs to be filled. ( Suggested by Grimshawn and Featured by Astralseed )
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Skerkrou Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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satishverma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What a beautiful work.
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:iconmiusky:
Miusky Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
very beautiful
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG Wow, truly stunning.
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:iconindirooo:
indirooo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*gasp* this is so beautiful i could cryyyyyyyyyyyyy
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I think it was a great call to add in the sienna and yellow - for some reason it makes the naturally desaturated Peacock-pheasant stand out even more, which in turn highlights its gorgeous shimmering spots. It sits there so proudly, you really turned this already wondrous bird into something fit for myth and legend. Really great work on the background as well; lots of little details without taking attention away from the subject. Stunning! :love:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! 
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:iconzero-minus:
zero-minus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Gorgeous! You showed a beauty of this bird. In the photo it looks modest, but in your painting it becomes a proud peacock. Spots of sienna and yellow made the whole painting even better. :)
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Bowandarrowshooter12 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Really beautiful
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:iconmarcoantonio-marin:
MarcoAntonio-Marin Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful art :)
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconmhbilder:
MHbilder Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soooo lovely
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconabenufon:
Abenufon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrat! You deserved it :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Vivid and excellent technique. The asymmetrical composition works wonderfully.
Well done!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
:D congrats on your well-deserved DD! :clap:
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Duskanddawn5 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! I love the blue color on the bird
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! i love the contrast between the bird's feathers and the background!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Voodoofox3 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
OOH AWESOME! i love the colors!! :D
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconev-sta:
Ev-sta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
this is incredible! i love the depth in it!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words. :)
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Ev-sta Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
anytime!
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Ev-sta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
and i dont think you over did it at all! the color addition was great and gives the work a lot! and you didnt do the entire background in color which i feel makes this piece as grand as it is!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A DD!!! Congrats! I'm so happy for you! :woohoo:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! Yeh, I only noticed myself a short while ago.. :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional
this is exquisite
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, oh my goodness. I love the use of the orange to bring the blue in the feathers out.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :)
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
:huggle:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Your welcome :)
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annigrauh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist
really amazing!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Extraordinarily beautiful, and also featuring a rare and poorly known bird! Thanks for this!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for you kind words. These birds are truly beautiful indeed.
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I like the partially coloured background and the composition.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw, you're welcome. :hug:
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jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: OMG just realised this exquisite piece got a DD! Congratulations! You truly deserve it :salute: Can't wait for the print to arrive :boing:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope the prints will find you save very soon. :)
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jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Received the prints! They look just like real paintings! :heart: Very fine, high quality prints :thumbsup: and thanks for the goodies. All of them are awesome :nod:
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Naarachen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
It's absolutely gorgeous!!!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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