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Sanderlings by Nachiii Sanderlings by Nachiii
This is my entry for our faculty's contest Science is Beautiful, for the Scientific Illustration category.

I spent almost all my free time this week to draw this (I know I could have drawn just one bird, but he looked sooo lonely :tears:). I used several reference photos and even two bird guides, phew.

It's two young Sanderlings (Calidris alba) running at the edge of waves, as they do when serching for food. Although thanks to their proportions they look quite big, they're no bigger than a Starling. And because they're very rare in the Czech Republic (only few specimens a year are spotted, just during migration), this juvenile plummage is the only I've ever seen. Another interesting fact about them is that unlike all the other Calidris species, they lack the hind toe on their feet.
They're really beatifull and super cute (probably my most favourite birds :love:). They nest far to the north when they might not encounter people for their whole lives, so they will tolerate you at a very close distance before they fly away :)

Process of this painting can be seen here: [link]
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Such a beautiful painting! The birds look so real! :clap:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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brijome Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
Very great work! Congratulations!
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Beautiful capture!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it. It's not a capture, though, it's painted in Photoshop :aww:
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! The photo realism of these two Sanderlings is uncanny!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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Constellationss Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
very, very nice !
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :aww:
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No1kn0ws Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your so incredibly gifted I LOVE your attention to detail these birds are photo realistic!  :D  The feathers, water, reflection.  The whole scene just is so beautiful. 
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug: I'm happy you like it :aww:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nachiii, nachiii - my goodness. It's been almost a year since you painted and posted this and I still haven't commented (curse me) but that's changing now because honestly, there's some things to be said. I've started watching you for the lovely traditional, and sometimes digital drawings, but where you started out as a very good artist, you've now come into the 'scarily good' category, and I'm dead honest when saying that. Your digital bird paintings, and then in particular this one, the Ruffs and the Eskimo curlew (both will be commented on at a later time, promise) are simply beyond belief. The immense work on plumage, the totally spot-on anatomy, and insane detailing sells each and every one of these as a photo, only then better. In this painting particularly the streaky head and neck markings are very well done, fantastic texturing throughout to really get that feathery feel though, and the details on the wing covert also really stand out to me. 'Ruffled' edges to coverts, especially in such small birds, really sells realism for me. Then there is the water -easy to overlook with two such handsome birds running past, but that is done really well also. Just the general streakiness of it, emphasizing the speed of these Sanderlings, and details in reflection and splashes are phenomenal. Absolutely brilliant masterpiece, well done! :clap:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi namu-the-orca.
I'm sorry I took so long to reply. Nevertheless I have to thank you very much, for your long and very kind comment made me really happy. And I appreciate it from an artist like you, who is an amazing wildlife painter, too :) Thank you for taking your time.
These paintings indeed took me a lot of time, but I learned a lot from them, too :)

Best regards
Nachi
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KeepersofStone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
So nicely done! Wow. I thought this was a picture at first.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot :hug: Haha, I probably did manage to fool a few people, though unintentionally :)
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albertoguerra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love this one too... the details on feathers and the contrast between the brids and the background.  You really did a wonderful artwork here :D
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much again :hug:
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Is is amazing! Awesome work, I absolutely love this! :D
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome! :D
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toto4344 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh my, out of all the paintings I have even seen, this shows indeed much work over all preference, and....just wow, this is a great job done, I am speechless, I indeed like your work, keep it up, and happy to give you any advice if needed, you may not need any though, I am just a man looking for work to be put high into the sky, have a good day :)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words :hug: I really hope to improve my skills as much as possible. But this is many months old now already and I've only drawn one other bird picture since then. That one was tougher, though. I'll try to do more! :)
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toto4344 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sure thing
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Goelestran Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic ! Beautiful ! You are an artist
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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MindTuber Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Paráda a skvělá práce s vodní hladinou ;)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Díky :) Ta vodní hladina mi dala docela zabrat, i když to není bůhví co. Ale nikdy předtím jsem ji takto zblízka nekreslila :)
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JoeCorreia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Each individual have certain values that represent his or her closest representation of perfection. For me in the area of drawing work like the SANDERLINGS is an example of such value for me!!!!!!!!
:love: :heart: :heart: :) :) :)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for such kind words. I appreciate it very much :aww:
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JoeCorreia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure! :) :) :)
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bossie-boots Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing your work as blown me away:love:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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bossie-boots Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Your most welcome :love:
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Kefren4400 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still can't believe it's drawn. Awesome
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Kefren4400 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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missfortune11 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha this is awesome!!!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of November. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]

(ps... I post it here even though you saw it so that I never repeat myself!)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ok :)
Thanks again :hug:
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I Think I voted o_O I can't click the "Like" again so I think it accepted my vote.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for it :tighthug:
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FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is an increbile piece of work!!.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:. I gave it my all :)
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FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
You're welcome:), It became incredible then!!:)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
It looks almost traditional, even in the WIP animation (which I love)
I really want to see Sanderlings one day, I have a feeling they will crack me up :XD: they look so funny running about.
I love the colours in the waves, and the details are lovely too - the eyes and facial plumage, and the water droplets coming from their feet. Awesome work!! :)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it? Thank you :dance: You're like the first person to say it looks traditional and not lika a photo :D The reason might be that I used two structured brushes.
And I really hope you'll be able to see them, they're really awesome and so cute! :love:
If you're interested, check out the video I found (the first video from the top): [link]
It's from sanderling research in Greenland where the birds aren't afraid of people. Even so, the mum is so brave! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Really? Yeah people like to say "that's like a photo" don't they? Meant as the highest compliment of course, but sometimes, it's not what you were aiming for in the piece!!

Aw... she just wanted her baby back. The sounds they make are adorable!! :love:
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