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Decorah Eagle Mom by Nambroth Decorah Eagle Mom by Nambroth
While I am working lately I have had the Decorah Eagle Cam ([link]) up, instead of music. This year the video quality is just superb and allows me to get to know these great birds better and observe them in great detail. Not to mention that the person manning the PTZ camera is just great!

I have been doing a lot of little 'life' sketches of the eagles and their poses and expressions in the margins of my work and while paint dries, that sort of thing.
This painting started like that, but I was really taken with the morning light several days ago and the lovely blue shadows it was casting. Using a few of my sketches, a few screenshots, and lots of lovely life observation I have worked on this in-between other projects.

Then Corel Painter (the art program I use to paint digitally) crashed not once... but twice. The second time that I lost several hours of work (I do save frequently but it was corrupting files...) I gave up, and here it is, somewhat unfinished.

This is the female eagle as she sits on the nest (at the time, two chicks and one egg).

I am toying with the idea of making prints ) if I can afford it, and then donating half of any proceeds to the Raptor Resource Project (the people that run the cam. :)

Painted in Corel Painter, mostly Oil Pastels and RealBristle brushes. (using traditional methods)
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Fantastic artwork!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
that is an awesome perspective. Great work
DeathSith Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love it
tnosblackjaguar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
nightwindwolf95 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm absolutely amazed with this pic. The eagle always looks so noble. :)
CherylWho Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Isn't she just beautiful?
raptorresource Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
This is Amy from the Raptor Resource Project (the cam people). This is gorgeous. Contact me if you are interested in making prints.
Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi Amy, how wonderful! I'd love to. I hope you will see this but I am not sure how to best contact you. If you can comment here or email me, I'd appreciate it! Best wishes!
Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beauty! :heart: I love all the details and colors you put there.
animalstomp Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderfully rendered
Bluenighttiger Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The details are incredible, I thought at first it was a photo til I started looking more closely!
RabidTurkey Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember watching the eagle cam. :)
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow you're artwork looks so realistic that it looks like photographs whenever i look at your gallery. This is by far my most favorite that you've drawn. I simply love it. Love the blending and such. :D don't know what more I can say other than it's amazing, breathtaking and awe inspiring.
SpleenJuice13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
friggin awesome
LupusAzulli Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
She says, "Oh yes, I see you too." O.=.O
Aquaridragon Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Wow, I just started watching them and I was suprised to see your paintring of the same ones xD
InvisibleCatfish Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Been watching these guys for a while now. The babies have gotten so big!
Excellent painting. :D
mitzieBgood Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I am very attached to the Raptor Resource Project too. Almost had a heart attack when it snowed. I love that you captured the essence of the eagle. GOOD JOB!!!!
Zekkentak Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Fantastic.. :omfg:
For one moment, I thought it was a real photo.. o.O
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
He's Exquisite!!!
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of April. :thumbsup:

You can find the article here: [link]
sheleighli Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is amazing. I am an Eagle watcher too. Thanks for sharing.
reisomana Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Wow nice I follow that stream too, also the hummingbirds.
wirepaladin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Very impressive.
dx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful art!
cheetahsintheearth Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
this piece (and another) has been featured!!! [link]
its amazing, your skillz make me cry
Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOT finished? It already looks like a photo. Amazing job.
renadrawer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Epic And Brilliant
Glenrai Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
You lie. You didn't paint this! It's clearly a photograph!!

Shame on you, Nambroth, for trying to decieve us all!


It's absolutely spectacular Nam, you're incredibly talented. Good work! :3
Eonity Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You really got me into watching these eagles. Being on 24-hours this cam is definitely more accessible than another one that's on during daylight only (I live in Singapore, so day here is night over at where the cams are, and vice-versa), and I simply love watching the eagle chicks and how their parents manage them in different situations. Just yesterday I watched the parents try and keep the chicks warm as rain and snow came down on them; it was really touching to see the parents endure the cold so their chicks could be warm.

Great work painting the eagle too, though maybe you should have worked on the eye ridge of the eagle; since you said this portrays mom, I recall her eye ridges being further back than this. Then again, you said Corel Painter was fraking with you and this work was essentially unfinished, so I think I can let you go for that. In fact, even though you call this unfinished, I find this polished enough to be on the same calibre as many finished works; it really speaks about your talent.
CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is the exact same facial expression my mom claims is able to scare misbehaving children into doing what they're told.
Ninnan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
this is.. disturbed :O

I cant believe you drew this :omfg:
Noble-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work as always. I love it when you paint birds they are breath taking. Love the new stuff.
harpyja Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I often watch the Decorah Eagle Cam, too... And it really looks like the bald eagle mom :P Nice work!
kaede-kit Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Great work!
stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YeriDG Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful :)
I always love the way you work out the different materials and
the lighting.
FallenDrow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Amazing work!
Zunaro Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Wonderful (:
Teavian Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Aww, she's so beautiful. You did such a wonderful job!
BlackRoseRedSword Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
These eagles are amazing and its really cool that i live only a few hours away from them and that this is such a big deal to people everywhere. It really nice for Iowa and its inhabitants to be recognized. My whole school was in all a twitter and we all watched the eagles! (pun intended) I hope they have many more children and live happy and longer lives!!
gryphonlady Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is stunning! just beautiful~!
FieryMaze Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mom's been following that cam for a month now. ^^ It truely looks like the mama eagle. Beautifull.

The eagle nest/cam is in North Eastern Iowa, for those wondering.
Night-Fury-Scream Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I've seen that cam. :O_o: They showed us in science...
Anyways, love this painting! You never cease to amaze and inspire me with your art. :)
Melyon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I love that feed so much! Watching the babies grow up is so much fun.
JayWing65 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Oh my God! We were watching that today in Biology, it was amazing!
ryokoXamaya Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really amazing!
the funny thing is, i live near where the eagle's nest sits. since our mascot is an eagle, we watch it in class quite often. :D
this is truly stunning, the detail work makes it look just like the real thing :D
alexiscaitlinking Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely beautiful. Your use of the brushes and the color study in this piece is astounding. I've always loved drawing animals, but there is a certain realness you can acquire when you transfer from graphite to oils. I've only worked with Corel once, but it was a decent program. Tablets are something that I'd like to get used to.
Also, I've found that eagles are very expressive (despite lacking the facial muscles that give most mammals their ability to make emotional faces.) Great shot, great rendition!
Bravah! :]
Peace and Happiness,
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