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Marabu by Themrock Marabu by Themrock
Just a Marabou Stork.

Took Synduo's critic serious and added a little something in the negative space. I hope it is better now.
~Dirk
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The line work is superb and well done, the definition of the subject is shown nicely and in character, that being said there is only one complaint I have and it would be the negative space is a bit much, its a minor annoyance though as the rest of the drawing is nicely done, I can't personally imagine the lines anymore defined in character.

The colors have a very earthy feel, I can feel the age of the buzzer. if anything I think coloring slightly on the background would have eliminated that space, that or have the wings drop a bit, personally I do like this, the space was just my minor complaint. I've got to known your work through the years and know you to usually fill the background with an element that compliments the drawing.

Overall I don't mean that this a bad sense, the rest of the drawing is masterful and the line definition is gorgeous.
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Such an incredible display of unsightly, elderly-looking detail. That domelike head, somehow both bald and hairy, reminds me of Professor Farnsworth, as does that neck. Those unbelievably skinny legs seem to go on forever, and, by the looks of it, it's possible he might be eating one of his own kind, judging by the similar thickness of that twiglike bone. That beak is sharp, and rugged, like an obsidian lance head, and those are some great feathers.

Also, love the sun. Very cool creature.
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MangoMamba Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
i like marabus :PPP
and the way you drew him is awesome XDD
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Twins72 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hi dirk
das ist ein super schönes bild, bei dir sieht er richtig hübsch aus :heart:
ich habe dich verlinkt und hoffe dir gefällt es :[link]
wenn du nicht verlinkt werden möchtest sag bitte bescheid und ich cancel es :-(
:wave:

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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nö, is doch ok. Lasse es ruhig :)
Machst ja werbung für mein Bild.
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Twins72 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
fein , das freut mich :-)
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What a fantastic illustration! You really captured the odd appearance of these birds. :)
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:iconel-roacho:
el-roacho Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is such an awesomely ugly bird. It just looks like it hasn't got a thought in its head! Bitchin' stylization as usual
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sandaasu-fox Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Awesome work!
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elKoi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Dirk, I really like how you play with your spaces.
This is fantastic so simple.
I also love those nice little touches you add to the background like the little sunset.
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pirpintine Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
marabou storks are just hilarious creatures, i dont think theres a more evil and shifty looking bird in existance.

yet i find them cute :|

this a great dipiction of one, really shows its "pleasant attitude" off. ;)
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:iconfuzzyxpanda:
FuzzyxPanda Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he looks great. :D
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:iconbiotype:
Biotype Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
... :wow: I learned something new!
Love how you drew this fellow, too.
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:iconegg-bat:
Egg-Bat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Man bald birds are just the shiz :D
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:iconpaperiz:
PaperIz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scaaaaaaaaaary!Lol but very awesome!
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:icontsunami-ryuu:
tsunami-ryuu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
The handsomest bird. Love it!
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:iconwadjit:
Wadjit Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Student Filmographer
:D he's so pretty is that red thing a sun ?
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:iconsmokewithoutmirrors:
smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful. Great character in the linework, great character in general, and adding the horizon-thing in the negative space really helps balance the image in general.

Great work!
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:iconhoekkadoogen:
HoekKadoogen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
awesome work as usual =)
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:icontehboogie:
TehBoogie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Awesome looking birds, they are.
They're like vulture-stork hybrids.
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artisticpsycho87 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
haha the lil piece of meat..phenomenal work broski
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:iconpervert-pop:
Pervert-pop Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So great, where did you do these things? Illustrator?

Youre great :D
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
paper and ink. Then some photoshop work.
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:iconpervert-pop:
Pervert-pop Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG great :D
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeek, Storks are supposed to bring new life, not take it away - he must be assuming the role of a Vulture :skull: the distorted sun was a nice space-filler, and reminiscent of how the heat of the desert can distort the sun as it passes below the horizon too 8-)
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Theiving-Imp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
This is great, my only real critique is the gradient on the beak, it just looks... Eh.
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13-Haru-13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Flintstones meets dr. Seuss meets... someone disturbed.
i like it.
i don't draw anything like this, and have no clue how the hell you did it. but i do pay a lot of attaching to dr. Seuss and can tell you that from a freestyle perspective it is awesome(i wasn't clear, by free style i mean the feathers, hairs, folds, how squiggle the tuff above his neck is, stuff that's unique every time.)
'also like it’s legs.
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AtariLover-2600 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I gotta say, the wrinkles on this are superb. They wrap around the neck and head in a manner organised enough to be pretty believable, but random and uneven enough to keep it interesting.

'Course, the hairs, spots, beak, and feather-work ain't bad either. Really fantastic textures you got going here.
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
I think you can guess how I feel about this
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:iconzimeta:
Zimeta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love a good vulture drawing. :)
The detail is really cool.
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:iconshoomlah:
shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic- I adore marabou storks, and you made this one just as charmingly ugly as ever.

-C
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:iconcatstuxedo:
CatsTuxedo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was a vulture when I first saw it.
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:iconsynduo:
SynDuo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   General Artist
Oh my, I hope I wasn't too harsh with my wording, but am glad to have helped.
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw no harsh word in it. Thanks for the critic!
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:iconsynduo:
SynDuo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   General Artist
Sure thing, your tones and textures are great inspiration when I hit snags on my comic work. especially lately.
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:iconannomaniac:
Annomaniac Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Yummy !
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:icontonedawg:
ToneDawg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
i love it, the curves and lines are awesome and i love the small horizon line, amazing job
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:iconsibsy:
Sibsy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful lines and shapes....!
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:iconst-fisch:
St-Fisch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
its like a combonation between a vulture and ridley of metroid.

that means i like this.
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:iconinwinethereistruth:
InWineThereIsTruth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
love this, I almost see the persona of the Skeksi guy that always says hmmmmm. :)
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chizixel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
:icondarkdp::iconlove::icondarkdp:
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:iconkonirathax:
KoniraThax Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pe-Kraw!
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:iconfossilfox:
fossilfox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Photographer
Cool beans.
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:iconcotton-gravy:
Cotton-gravy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
These birds are awesome. Have you seen the way they walk? It's classic.
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They walk like princes, but look like bums.
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:iconandremellofranco:
AndreMelloFranco Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
YESSS!!! That's my favorite animal!!
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:iconqwertypictures:
qwertypictures Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, superb detailing, but...he looks a tiny bit vulture-ish to me ^^;
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
well, because they LOOK like vultures?
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:iconnewpie:
NewPie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student
Let's hope he doesn't choke on that.
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:iconcassidyadams:
CassidyAdams Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
Well done.
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:iconfrobman:
Frobman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Filmographer
Lovely looking fellah!
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