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Veneration to the Sun by Nambroth Veneration to the Sun by Nambroth
A group of Whooper Swans (cygnus cygnus) pay homage to the life-giving sun. I have attempted to honor the beauty and grace of these wonderful birds by panting them enjoying the last amber rays of sunset.

This was one of my entries to the Share One Planet competition. [link]
I only found out about the competition last week, so many hours of sleep were set aside in order to complete this in time. :)

Digitally painted with Corel Painter: Oil pastel and acrylic tools (using traditional methods)

References: Many of my own photos of tundra swans, and Special thanks and credit goes to Andy Hartley and William Symington for allowing me to use their swan photos to help pose a few of the flapping birds!
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josephhutchison Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Lovely.
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BlackNastopian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013   General Artist
Swans FTW
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ArtByDrew Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Beautiful light and motion, and catching all that within the water reflections as well. Bravo, well done!
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Amazing!
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MikaniaC Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!!
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Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh! My! D8
So beautiful! TT^TT
It's really realistic! :"D
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CAT-J55885522 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done
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:iconbrightstone:
Brightstone Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Reminds me of a beautiful ballet.
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:iconfishimish:
Fishimish Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the lighting :3
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful
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Wytch1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work in every way :clap:
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
amazing lighting!!!
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MaryAllflowers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Great Love this image.
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:iconpurple-bells:
Purple-Bells Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Absolutely marvelous
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sonia-p Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Amazing.
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:iconannmy:
AnnMY Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one word: jawdrop
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:iconlmchronister:
LMChronister Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning! I love the perspective and the soft glow of this painting. Great job with the poses of the birds!
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful !! Well Done !! :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top submissions for September's themed week. You can find the article here: [link]
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous. :)
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FForns Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Absolutely beautiful!
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SoxSideIrish Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
love this! it looks so real :D
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:iconfrancis-john:
francis-john Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats!!!! This made it as one of the finalists!!!!!!!!! Hope you place!:D
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Waiting to hear the outcome is hard... XD
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:iconfrancis-john:
francis-john Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
10k USD is worth the wait, no?=P Best of luck!
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh gosh I doubt I won overall! There are many entries much nicer than mine. :)
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:iconfrancis-john:
francis-john Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! :clap:
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! I did win in the Swan Lake category. I don't know what that means for me exactly, but it is an honor!
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:iconkit-the-hunter:
Kit-the-hunter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
wow this is beautiful!! :) wish i could paint like this ^.^
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DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why hasn't this gotten a Daily Deviation yet? This is absolutely gorgeous!
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WolfessKiss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
digital? Really? Wow.. it looks a lot like a traditional painting! Sometimes you can just 'tell', but not in this. LOVE the lighting, which you're very good at in all your pieces... very beautiful.
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:iconvrannlynn:
Vrannlynn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
breathtaking! you can almost feel you're there... :)
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Myza-Lioness Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Artist
I think this picture should hang in a cottages or a luxury coffee.
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BlueWingedCoyote Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I love the way you capture the essence of birds and the textures of their feathers. These swans are excellent, I especially like the light through the wing of the far-left bird.
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Fantastic :clap:
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DJ88 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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:iconcelleno:
Celleno Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow the lighting is so beautiful! Fantastic job with all the feathers and the reflections.
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kittomer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Man, that is pretty nifty.
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JoannaBromley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful!
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:iconmarkobo:
Markobo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful
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Eonity Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What I really love about this piece is the way you gradated the sky; it really reminds me of a nice, cool evening, the kind that I really love for some reason. Just by looking at it I can get that kind of airy, cool feeling in my face...
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LonlyAntelope Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing :clap:
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PlanetEarth2011 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Photographer
Amazing! So beautifu! You did an awesome job!
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Good work.
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:iconelizelda:
Elizelda Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Such a lovely scene! I love the different poses you've caught the swans in.
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Tindra123 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! Awsome! :O-o:
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francis-john Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did a tribute to this masterpiece

[link]
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:iconsohalia:
sohalia Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting is just phenomenal!
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
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