Reviews from

Mauritius Foody

Foudia ruba [male]

21 total reviews 
Comment from Mr Jones


loving these super wildlife drawings. i'm a massive fan of these and reminding me of the old time books, i still collect of (text and) drawings only. you always produce a fitting colour, which most importantly looks 100% natural but retains the magic of your artistic touch.

 Comment Written 21-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 21-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much!!! Your comments and your golden strars are very encouraging for me. :o) :o) :o)
Comment from Envision


This is a pretty bird that I have not seen before. I like how you used the lighter colors to accentuate and highlight his markings. The color blending on the bark is lovely with attractive textures.

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. :o)
Comment from GaliaG


Excellent paint of the bird and excellent artist notes about it

good technique, creativity and initial impact

a pleasure to view, thanks for sharing

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. :o)
Comment from Sange


This is a great painting of this gorgeous bird. I would love to see a Mauritius fody in person. You might want to check your Spelling. I only know this bird as a Fody not Foody.
You have his colors perfectly and his dark eye.
I am no painter so the only suggestion I have is if you could have created more fluff on his Downy feathers on the red.
I know in Photographing red I need to adjust white Balance on in order to get feather details.
It's a fine digital painting Cleo.
:)

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much.
    Foody is the original name used in Mauritius. Fody is the English version. I thought it would be more adequate to use the native name.
    I am working on the fluff. Its complicated. I can not adjust the white balance in a painting the same as in a photo. :o)
Comment from Christine Rohr


Hi Cleo, You do such a wonderful job with birds and love the information you have provided with your art. Your little bird really pops against the cream and gray background. I like that you chose to paint it with the insect giving it a real life. Beautiful portrait.

 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. :o)
Comment from blujdrawings


Good level of detail and tones are nicely done with nice layers. Colour choices work well and contrast nicely. Good impact , thanks for sharing

 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging review. :o)
Comment from avmurray


This is indeed a great looking bird with the strikingly red head, and it is a pity to hear that it is in danger of extinction. I especially like the light colors of the background, because it makes the colorful bird to stand out so well.

The wing feathers and the golden brown body are well painted where the feathers are well defined in the wing, but the red head and throat lacks textures and shadows. This gives a kind of flat look.

It is however nothing wrong with the composition- The format and framing works well, and the bird has got a fine placement on the canvas. All together a lovely and well done digital painting Cleo, but the red feathers need a bit more work in my opinion.

 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your throughout and critical review. The red feather look indeed un-distinged. The red gave me problems since the red feathers are very small and the bird has no markings on the red feathers. I tried a bigger brush but the strokes looked to bold, the feathers too big. I think now I took a too small brush, trying to give more detail but ended up with less. I am still thinking about how to fix the problem. :o)
reply by avmurray on 17-Apr-2019
    You are more than welcome Cleo.
Comment from Shadow catcher


Another beautiful bird accompanied by very interesting as well as informative artists notes.I love the sharpness and detailing around the eye and beak and I see it has captured an insect,for itself,or perhaps it has hungry young to feed.Love the vibrant red head and the detailing soon in the wings. Very lovely and well centered!

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 15-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. :o)
Comment from Stringbean


I enjoyed reading your artists notes and like your storytelling with your art work. A beautiful winter scene sets your background and compliments this gorgeous bird. A gorgeous digital art with good brush strokes and blending and shading of colors. Good differentiation and work with light and shadows. A beautiful color palette with wonderful details. I like the twig in his mouth and expression created. A creative and talented art work and artistic composition. Thanks for sharing.

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 15-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your encouraging comm,ents :o)
reply by Stringbean on 17-Apr-2019
    You are more than welcome Cleo!
    Mary Lynn
reply by the author on 17-Apr-2019
    :o) :o) :o)!
Comment from michiganmike


A very nice image of this rare and endangered bird. The list of species on the brink of extinction is long and most likely related to our human activities. A sad situation but a beautiful tribute to this gorgeous bird.

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 15-Apr-2019
    Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments. :o)