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'Coyote' Small Feather by Leopreston 'Coyote' Small Feather by Leopreston
The smallest feather I’ve managed to paint so far. Midnight Sentinel was 11.8cm in length and around 3.3cm wide. This however, is a mere 6.2cm in length with a width of just 1.6cm. As I mentioned before, I love seeing how small I can go. Hopefully I’ll get painting even smaller than this in future. Why? Because I can. LOL!
Btw, I apologize for the clumpy image (it’s really a lot smoother than this). My scanner just can’t handle things this small. It’s one of those that you’d have to see first hand in order to appreciate its true beauty (and to see the right colours that make up the painting that is). A coyote on a black francolin feather.

(Artwork © Leona Preston 2006)

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:iconpixelsnaxs:
Pixelsnaxs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
O,O
coyote feather! >u<
its beautiful! :D
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconpixelsnaxs:
Pixelsnaxs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
welcome ^^
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Dark-Mistress-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
How much does one of these cost?
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Anything from 20 and up, depending on the detail and embellishments. ;)
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da-parrot-masta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
cool
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :3
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:iconwolf-in-spirit:
wolf-in-spirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
amazing! :wow:
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:boogie: Thank you! :)
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:iconwolf-in-spirit:
wolf-in-spirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Very welcome! :D
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:iconrostya:
rostya Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Hi there,

Is there any possibility to buy this little art ?

I'm very interested in!

Thank you for your answer
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hi! My apologies for the late reply! Sadly this one isn't for sale because it's actually a part of a sculpture now. Having said that though, I can easily paint you one exactly the same if you wanted. These cost $20 (shipping to add) and I even have these type of feathers left. Please feel free to note me if you're interested as it wouldn't be a problem at all. ;)
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:iconthe-bumble-bee-one:
the-bumble-bee-one Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
YOU ARE A GENIUS
:worship:
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Eep! Err... thank you... that's... wow. :wow: :hug:
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:iconthe-bumble-bee-one:
the-bumble-bee-one Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
lol :love:
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:iconskippy2243:
Skippy2243 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! ... I didn't know you could paint a feather... I would've thought the feather would come apart. ^^;
This is pretty amazing. :aww:
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you and yes you can, so long as you're careful! :)
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:iconjilanylily:
jilanylily Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
wow that's small!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
You bet! :D
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:iconburaqina:
buraqina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006
It looks so tiny and delicate I daren't breathe in case I blow it away by accident! :giggle:

That really is quite incredible...I love slaving over weeny little details but I think even I'd find making something like this a big challenge! ;)
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you! I guess sometimes it's just worth doing to see what it will turn into... even if it means getting hand cramps!

By the way, thank you for the fave on 'Midnight Sentinel'! :glomp:
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:iconburaqina:
buraqina Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
You're very welcome! :hug: Just be careful you don't hurt your hands o_o
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
LOL, too late... :XD:!
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:iconsindah:
Sindah Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
OMG!!! That is sooooo precious!!! Well done!!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconsindah:
Sindah Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
You're welcome!! :blowkiss:
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:iconmeredies:
Meredies Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW IT SO SMAAAL x_x
I can barly do it on a huge feather XD your so good at this Leona! its beautiful!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you... small enough to hug. :XD:
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006   General Artist
Oh my goodness, that's adorable! And so very well done! You always have such lovely feathers, and the coyote is aesome to boot. I adore his ears. They look so dang good!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks Nashoba... yeah, the feathers. I'm afraid I'm one of those people who is constantly on the look out for unusual feathers, who buys too many and then has to store them away for a couple of months... I guess if I were an animal, I'd be a hamster.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006   General Artist
::Laughs:: I hold onto feathers and the like too... just so many are protected and such, I oftentimes have to get rid of them. ::sadface, then laughs:: I happen to adore hamsters (had a bunch of them) and I think that's the cutest comparison to oneself I've heard all day!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
Ah, I see. I guess that's where I'm lucky. I can legally possess most types of feather (even from raptor species), however, I'd need a certificate for if I ever wanted to sell them. That kind of puts a restriction onto what feathers I can paint on, but I can at least enjoy them myself.

Hamsters!!! Best type of pet ever! I've had two pet hamsters in the past and I used to love the way they became active at night (as most nights I would have to stay up working). The scary thing is though, that my Mum says that I'm starting to show the mannerisms of a hamster (I constantly stash things away and even do that thing they do with their front paws... you know... stand on their hind legs with a begging stance... and I don't even know I'm doing it. I know, wierd!) Well, I at least know what I'm coming back as in the next life! LOL! :XD:
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006   General Artist
Oh wow, that's awsome that you can hold onto those sorts of feathers.

And yeah they are! All of mine were of the dwarf variety (so little. With little fuzzy hobbit feet) and I also thought it was neat that they were up at night the most, since I prefer night to day a lot of the time myself. And yeah, I do 'hamstery' things myself (I have a stash of Pocky) but also apparently have other 'animal' mannerisms. Tehee, maybe you were a hamster in your past life too.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hmm.. but there is a thing about possessing certain eggs and such (not that I own any eggs though!) ^_^

Aaww! 'Little hobbit feet'... heh heh heh, they do as well! :lmao: Mine were both golden hamsters (although one was grey).

'Tehee, maybe you were a hamster in your past life too.'
LOL! If so, hope I wasn't mistreated. :)
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LoboSabio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
:wow:

Fuck, that's increadible!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Heh heh, thanks! :)
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:iconlupinator:
Lupinator Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
Now you know how I feel with my pencils. Most of the recent images in my gallery are actually about 25%-40% larger than the actual drawing. And yanno, I actually want to go thinner than my .3 mechanical pencil will allow (which has now become my default pencil of choice). I've heard rumor that smaller pencils exist... I *must* get me one of these legendary apparatuses...
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Wow, that's really thin! I just rely on my .5 mechanical pencil... couldn't do without it! But really... smaller? *Goggles* 0_O? Just so long as the lead didn't break! :XD:
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Lupinator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
I just want a .2 or a .1 for the meanless and minor details on things like... say the little speckles in the eyes and stuff... It wouldn't be so much of a problem if I didn't draw so small to begin with (in fact, a lot of things wouldn't be so much of a problem if I didn't draw so small to begin with), but I like to draw small. Yanno, just so I can have a very detailed and *completed* looking drawing that didn't take me three years to make... Plus, I think it's pretty cheesy when people make a drawing all *huge* and stuff, and then shrink it down to about 33% it's normal size... and then suddenly the artist looks like looks like some art god with everything incredibly clean and refined.

Anyways, I'm a booger like that with artwork... I should probably focus less on the details and more on the subjects and feelings of my artwork...
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
LOL! Well, I admit that I do that sometimes, only because I've heard of it being an industry standard. Create large artwork, shrink it for print. Yup. :XD:

But honestly, you're details are oh so fine already! :)
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Lupinator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
That's okay, I forgive you... :P But to be honest, I'm not totally above the trick myself. If you can recall my "Beautiful Belle" picture, it's actually at least half the size of the original... I later asked the artist who scanned it if they could get me the larger version of the scan, and when I got it, I disliked it, so I kept the smaller scan up instead. But, we all know I'm a total loser like that and try to trick people into thinking I'm cool. *sunglasses*

Details are fun, and challenging, I think that's why I like them. Sometimes it's kinda hard to think up all the small details, but the results are usually always pretty rewarding. It's just time consuming... something I haven't had a lot of lately...
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
LOL! Naww... you're cool at conversation for one thing. *Nicks Bryan's sunglasses* :)

And I hear you on the details. I don't know why I even attempt my hand at Celtic knots. I fear I'm going to lose my sight completely one day! :nod:
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Lupinator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
“I NEED THOSE!!!” *shoots lazorz out of his eyes and destroys an orphanage like Cyclops* “Oh no!”

Details are going to end me some day... I don't know how you manage though, you have an extraordinary amount of detail in your own work and it really shows that you know your stuff. Me on the other hand, I actually kind thought I didn't have enough detail in my own artwork (unless you consider shading as detailing)... mainly because I lack the means and general motivation (yush, me lazy...) to do the research on how every single little detail should properly look... Plus, I'm not very good at inventing cool patterns or embroideries... I suck at costumes and folds... and in general... I just don't think I have the basics down enough to make any real modifications of them, and the results are my lack of ability to invent cool stuff...
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
'I actually kind thought I didn't have enough detail in my own artwork (unless you consider shading as detailing)'

Look at it from this point of view; shading is mark making. Mark making is detailing. In order to make the mark, you must know what you want it to look like, and that's where the detail is born.

I know, I spurt rubbish when I'm tired. LOL! :XD:
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neonerd336 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
that is amazing! I have always wanted to try painting feathers but I have never gotten around to it :( just one question though.. do you need like special brushes or tools to do it I mean besides being very small in this case?
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hey, glad you want to try it out. With regards to the brushes, no, usually any type of brush will do the trick. I tend to kill my brushes after a while, so I don't use any special type, just so long as they're fine enough for smaller details. Hope this helps. :)
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neonerd336 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
thanks for the tips. ^^ hope to see more of your work.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
You're welcome and thank you. :)
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Riowolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
wow! that is indeed very small- and without a lack of detail too! :D
all these feather paintings have inspired me to try this. However, all of my feathers are very curly...
do you buy/find these all nice and straight, or do you somehow straighten them?
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
Ah, the old 'curly' situation. Many of the feathers I buy have come to me curly. What you have to do is place a sheet of baking paper (or tracing paper) over the top of the feather and then iron the edges. This should straighten them out, but be sure not to over iron them or else they will start curling upwards again. I've heard that you can also steam them over a kettle, but I've never tried that before. Ironing works just fine. ^_^
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