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B I R D . O F . P R E Y by Sayda B I R D . O F . P R E Y by Sayda

[EDIT] The photo that I used as reference I originally couldn't find a link too, but it looks like Vogue is putting out a hardcover book using the photo as the cover, you can see the original here:

Hold on to your hats folks...I'M POSTING ART!

I's been...well...waaaaay too long D: forever and a day really. I hope you at least enjoy this new piece, the first personal art I've seen to completion in what feels like eons.

I've been working on this piece on and off for a couple months...with what little time I have on lunch breaks here and there. I'm finally at the point that I feel done with it. I'm sure there can be more done...but I am sick of looking at it, and I just want to have something FINISHED finally D: So here it is...

Anyways, I want to dedicate this one to an artist that I really admire. She goes by *euclase on dA and her work really astounds me.

I was inspired by her work…her paintings are gorgeous and I really wanted to try my hand at a realistic photo painting. Every piece she posts…I kept thinking ‘man, this can’t be THAT hard. I can do that. This will be a cake walk.’…and boy was I SO wrong D:

After I started working on this painting, which is from a little photo I saw of Rooney Mara (believe it was in Vogue), I realized that this is really….REALLY hard to do. My brain doesn't want to just paint what I see in a photo…I need to stylize it, I need to add more to it…and no matter how hard I tried to get out of that mindset…I couldn't do it. So instead of painting a realistic photo…I got this. Not to mention just getting the features to look photo-realistic was way more troublesome then I would have thought.

This whole process has made me really appreciate the work that *euclase does, and all the other artists out there that can look at a photo and just…recreate it with such skill. I hope to someday get as good, if not better at that skill…but it’s surely not easy and it’ll take a lot of time, practice, and patience.

A note on this painting - It’s not traced and it’s not a paint over *if anyone was wondering* I had the photo up while I worked, but I started from scratch…and it took me a few weeks to get it any where near resembling the original photo D:

-The End.

Inked and Colored: Photoshop CS 6
Based on original Photo of Rooney Mara, Photo used as reference.

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Flesh-Odium Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Holy heck, life is such a crazy and interesting thing!! I drew something visually similar to this on the same year, month and even a few days before you posted this - 

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It's crazy to me because we clearly don't know each other yet we both did the same kind of picture. Perhaps we are art soul mates!? (I mean that in the least creepiest way :P).

Gorgeous work none the less!!
rubens20000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
this is great man!!
masochis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
So unique
TairaMai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
The title was cut short when I first saw this in your gallery.  It was BIRD.OF.PR, I though she was in public relations! LOL :D

Anyways nice job!
Ronin356 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Very cool!
BaneNascent Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Harpy yo!
pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
el-douglas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is brutal!!!
autumnlit Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
:blackrose: Your beautiful work has been featured here:
BooKoFBoBB Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Beautiful darkness (inside us all Jest like light) Seems to be presentiment of approaching Night & the human fragility therein Depth Becomes You Heart Mender's 
levifreelife Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
This gorgeous work has been featured here[link] WEEKLY "THE BEST OF THE BEST" April #24.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #Manipulating-Dreams!:clap:
Clay-zius399 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing really :D beautiful work
Zak05 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZetaSyanthis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Just wow.
b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing,very beautiful work!!
ThornsofPurpleRoses Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful imagery! The vulture- like bird is perfect for her character! This is a sure stroke of genius!
BerlinPelicanMotion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
bigocom Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
She's bueatiful.
Truhlsrohk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Love it! Inspirational work!
NuudleArt Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible!
asiah Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the detailed origins of this piece in your description! My first thought was Rooney Mara. You NAILED it. You got her animal persona. You ever look into fashion?
NiJole-teh-drac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Welcome back to life though, i had almost forgotten I was watching you for so long!
thebigjb Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow. This is incredible. It's hard to describe the elements that I see in there. Makes me think of Greek mythology!
Airunm Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very beautiful, really i like it :)
sha-arts Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think it's beautiful and different...:) I was surprised to see your name attached to it. But I'm not surprised at the same time because you have the kind of imagination to get to this point. I love the red-orange of they just brings everything together beautifully. Amazing what tiny pops of color can do...:)
zenrat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
jetteroheller Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Nicely done, good to see you back :)
SektrOne Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
RichardPace Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love it.
moreAdrenochrome Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
lizardshadow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Really cool
IzzyMarrie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Incredibly beautiful. It takes a lot of skill to create such a concept and successfully transfer the image in your head to an actual piece of art. Sorry, not too good at writing reviews, but just wanted to say that I love this piece! ^_^
moonmystery Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesome. You inspire me to try something realistic as well.
TonyJeffers Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student
YEAH BoI! Rooney she's become so iconic I like what you did with this.
FabriceW Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really good
Sayda Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thanks to everyone for all your comments and favorites! I'd like to respond to everyone personally but I am sadly too busy :( Just wanted to let you all know that your words are appreciated!!!
GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is awesome... looks like a Raven... which makes me think of Sarah
Genevieve-Amelia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is SUPERB! Well done!
RatchetJak Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a very interesting picture. The character herself, that has to be one of the most unique things I've ever saw. I love the detailing on the feathers and that omnivorous background looks breathtaking. Just awesome job! :clap:
mallettepagan0 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I love the pose and how you painted this. Nice texture too.
ugly-swans Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Vamp-Elanor Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I missed your stuff so much!!! This one is going straight to my favourites, too. Awesome character, detail, and colors :heart:
Lily-koi Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Epic with some awesome sauce! This randomly made me think of xmen...

ArielleHill Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To begin with, thank you so much Sayda for leading me to *euclase! Her work is astounding and I'm happy to have her on my radar :+devwatch:

Now then, WOW this piece certainly stands out from your usual work as far as style! It's gorgeous. I did a double take when I saw the thumbnail in my messages and who's name was attached hehe.
Reminds me so very much of the works by *Jace-Wallace.

Personally I'm happy you built away from realism and added all those beautifully unique elements. I adore her hair styling and the eyeshadow colors + application you've chosen :heart:
Certainly looking forward to more works like this from you!
Monele Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While it gives a very dark vibe, which I don't usually go for, I'm liking this very much. I think you found a great balance between realism and fantasy and did a great job on composition and execution.
Nowio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
im just amazed how well that is... i every way better than a foto!
CosmicVirus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this
seikojin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Very well done! I am glad you deviated and went to a stylized format for this one. I went over to euclase's page and I can say that it would be hard to do more realistic images. I dunno if euclase does it on purpose; but the colors and textures in her images are less dimensional, less depth than what you put into yours.
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