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Bateleur Eagle in Ballpoint Pen by ronmonroe Bateleur Eagle in Ballpoint Pen by ronmonroe
Thanks to s-kmp s-kmp.deviantart.com/ for this awesome reference photo s-kmp.deviantart.com/art/Batel….

Tools: 100% Ballpoint pen on smooth bristol

Sorry, no wips this time.
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Thats absolutely stunning. Your technique, shading and angels are all perfect and also the shading. i would have thought that this was an image but its not. Fantastic! The lighting is amazing and the texture and details on the feathers and beak are perfectly detailed. I see nothing wrong about this piece. just pure perfection. :) but which ball point did you use? I went to Staples and the ballpoints weren't that good but thanks for this stunning piece. Fine training and prating in hopes of being that amazing and perfect as you are ronmonroe.

-Your sincerely,

Sabrina c ^ _ ^ c
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Critique by eclaire291 Jul 3, 2013, 5:23:44 AM
I apologize in advance for this comment (a lot of it is a bit transposed from a comment I left on *s-kmp's photo of the same eagle), but I felt that the same things I pointed out in his comment applied to this lovely artwork as well. So, here I go:

Why is this drawing so brilliant?

I have grown to love ballpoint pen drawings because of the lovely details and shading some people are able to capture. You've definitely captured that and brought the art form to a whole new level.

I love the emotion and life you were able to capture in the eagle's eye. Usually animal drawings miss that, and offer a flat and unlit eye, but you captured the light and shadows so well. I can almost imagine the eagle blinking and vigilantly scanning his surrounding.

Throughout the entire drawing you captured the play between light and dark well. Every detail was brought out in this drawing, the same way it was in the original photo. The beauty of the eagle, the details of its beak, every single feather was exquisite. This was something I could see in a museum or art exhibit.

I was blown away when I viewed this in full screen. You paid such painstaking detail t the feathers and highlighted every fibrous detail of the feathers. The shadows across the eagle's face and body was so impressive.

I'm trying to find something that could have been improved on but everything was extremely well-done in this. It's obvious that you are skilled in this technique. Maybe the feathers under the wing joint could have been lightened up a bit more because that one spot seems too shadowed and my eye tends to skip over it. But, honestly, that was stretching to find something to critique--this entire drawing is just excellent.
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work! Before I read the title I thought "Is that a Bateleur?" :)
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the spelling correction! This has been in my gallery for about 6 months and nobody had pointed that out to me! ha ha
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, no problem ;)
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leodaroy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Brilliant execution.
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icongregorykrazed:
GregoryKrazed Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You Got Some Mad Skill This Is Sick
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:iconsilkkat:
Silkkat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So the background was all done with a ballpoint pen? Amazing! Love the feathers
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. 100% ballpoint pen. And thank you!

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Haharius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
incredible !
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Those feathers look amazing! It almost seems as if this bird is the only thing in existance with the black background and the way it stares at you. Almost like a human stare. Beautiful work. :D
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the nice comments!
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconsusanjo:
susanjo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I can't believe this is done in pen!!
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yep. I love the challenge.
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Congratulations!! This artwork is one of the three Featured Artworks of this month :iconnaturalworldartists: [link]
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Nice feature!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
great job!!!thought for a moment that it was a pencil job!!!
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
wow stunning work
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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moonhigh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificient Depiction!! :clap::clap:
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Great work! :D
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Kevin!
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome Ron :D
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Your beautiful artwork has been Featured in :iconnaturalworldartists: [link]
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome^^
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome work!
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Kotori-PiyoPiyo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure that's not a black and white photo?

Beautiful!!
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Kotori-PiyoPiyo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very very welcome!
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yavie33 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ballpoint pen!! This is so fantastic that I'm speechless!
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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cloudmilk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work !
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Annezon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:Wow!!! This is amazing! Do you just use fine tip ballpoint or do you vary it?? Looks like graphite. God this is beautiful!!!:heart:
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! My earlier drawings were done with Faber Castell art pens. Recently I have been messing around with ballpoint pen. This drawing was done 100% in ballpoint pen. Nothing fancy, just a cheap ole Bic pen. It just goes to show ya you don't need to spend tons of money on fancy canvases and expensive paints. This cost me less than 1 dollar to do!
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Annezon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I want to try that :giggle:

It's a truly beautiful drawing!!
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toeki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work.
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Glitchfish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just... wow D:! how did you get so good :o
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Lots and lots of practice. And I still feel I need more practice!
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Ilquira Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice.
How do draw this...
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:iconronmonroe:
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! How do I draw this?.. Very slowly!
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Ilquira Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahahaha...
Okay. Im very slowly
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