mudpack wrote:There's something wrong with the bill. Shape? Angle? Something....
The bird doesn't clearly say "Cinnamon Teal". For instance: if it were painted all black, would you still recognize it as a Cinnamon?
Nothing wrong with your simple painting style, nothing at all. But the shapes/proportions can be improved.
Try a Goden pattern next time and see if it doesn't help.
The bill is WAAYY off. Admittedly was in a hurry and rushed the carving on the head so I didn't pick up the mistake. Already been corrected on the new pattern along with about 3 other things a couple of carvers pointed out to me.
Godin patterns are a good starting point....but that's about as far as they go for gunning birds. The problem with the bills in Vol 1-3 are pretty common knowledge.
I ordered a study bill and that made all the difference in the world and resorted back to my taxidermy bird. Forgot I had it...would have saved me some work
The pattern was pulled from a side profile photograph. Thought the proportions were pretty close. The short bill may be throwing it off a little. On top of the shape being off I carved it too short for a cinn.
Thanks for the critique. Always welcomed. Other guys can always see things the carver doesn't for some reason.
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