Pete-pec wrote:Very nice for the few birds you have done. Two things I would have changed is, the wings on the inside duck to the left could be brought towards the body more, and the tail on the outside duck on the right is just a bit flared and torquing like it is changing its flight pattern a bit? The outside bird looks like it is flying in unison with the other (even though they don't particularly match) and the tail on the bird is acting like it is a rudder, changing course.
This is just an observation. I don't expect you to change a thing, but when two birds are so closely together, you can't help but compare one to the other. In addition to that, when two birds in the wild fly that course (and now you can add an entire flock) they typically follow the lead bird, and what that bird does, the rest of the flock typically harmonize with that lead bird. It's amazing to see when a flock of pigeons or a flock of starlings will turn and cut their wings in complete perfection. I assume this would be to avoid colliding mid-air?
By the way, the rest of the mount looks well groomed, I like the paint on the bills, the neck/breast juncture looks good, and the attitude in the birds look like they are doing a fly-by! Overall, it looks nice. I would tip the outside bird (entire bird) upwards, and close the wings on the inside bird, and the mount would go from an 8+ to a ten in one minute!
I don't usually critique mounts, but lately, I've been obliging since they ask. I don't give critiques based on my skill level (or lack their of) but instead based on what my eye picks up, and overall balance. Your work is very nice, and ahead of the curve, but if I can help you get there sooner, then this is what jumps out at me.
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