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Green Peafowl Head by Himmapaan Green Peafowl Head by Himmapaan
Green peafowl (Pavo muticus). Chinese ink, watercolour and a little gouache on Arches hot pressed paper tinted with tea, 94mm diameter. The full view is larger than the original.

The scan loses something of the original, particularly the subtle, deeper hues in the neck. This not-so-great photograph hopefully gives some idea.

I shared a progress stage earlier here:



Although the word 'peacock' has come to signify both sexes in common usage, it only properly refers to the male. I use 'peafowl' for the bird itself, and 'peacock' and 'peahen' for the male and female respectively.

Unlike the more famous blue peafowl, where the female is startlingly drab by comparison to the male, both sexes of the green peafowl are extremely alike. Apart from obviously lacking the long train of covert feathers, the green peahen is just as beautiful as the cock, with only subtle differences. In the wild and during the moult, it can often be very difficult to tell them apart. Just one of many reasons why I maintain that the green peafowl is always superior to the blue. ;)
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, excellent colouring!
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Exquisite!!!....
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der-freischutz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
outstanding! 
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:iconthenightmarevisions:
TheNightmareVisions Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Where did you learn how to draw like that? 
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:icongiannafelicityyoung:
GiannaFelicityYoung Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
How beautiful!
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:icondandelion-four:
dandelion-four Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
absolutely stunning!
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:iconblack-sis:
Black-Sis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful ♡
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Luminous.  :)
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:iconsaraais:
Saraais Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow the details are just breathtaking, it almost looks like you could reach out and touch the feathers, very well done (:
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:iconsocial-misfit:
Social-Misfit Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Absolutely breathtaking detail. I can almost feel the downy feathers in the neck. Wow.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconparabuteo78:
Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous work, love the feather texture and the colors.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconevanjensen:
evanjensen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
But still, what a delightfully regal specimen.
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:iconalmatheya-andra:
Almatheya-Andra Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
featured here:[link]
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:iconfaintsketches:
FaintSketches Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
The feathers... :wow:
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:iconbabbletrish:
babbletrish Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Goodness, those feather textures!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like! Thank you, Trish.
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:iconhouseofchabrier:
HouseofChabrier Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This is stunning! I totally love your color choices, your painting, line work, and the subtlety of the background color! Bravo! You are the best! Exactly why I love purchasing the books you illustrate!!!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconfademian:
FaDemian Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
totally awersome !!!! :D :D
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:iconpetstudent:
PetStudent Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, as always.
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:iconmickeythewicked:
mickeythewicked Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
you're so amazingly skilled at this medium! Beautiful.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconmommacabbit:
MommaCabbit Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
awe-inspiring.
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:icondriany:
driany Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
just wow....
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:iconhagge:
Hagge Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ever a delight to be drawn to your page. :)
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:iconastera-t:
Astera-T Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Love it! I can't stop looking at how alive it looks...Very interesting background information too. There always something to learn. ;)
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:iconrainydayfun:
RainyDayFun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I grew up with peafowl at my grandparents' farm! Best watch dogs ever! You did a great job on this! I love it!
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
stunning!
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:iconannask:
annask Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
The detail!! You must have a great deal of patience. Beautiful :)
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:iconpie-chrstn:
pie-chrstn Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, its so vibrant! the details are simply amazing
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:iconchristinealtese:
ChristineAltese Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is exquisite!
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:icongorgosaurus:
Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Gorgeous, this is indeed. Like much of your pen and brush work this brings to mind the art of the most accomplished draughtsmen of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I have great respect for your skills and patience.
Spike.
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MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Gorgeous work !
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Amazing works!
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nightmare-orchestra Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the grain of the paper that opened up with the tea process, beware because tea is acid... this looks like fabric and the composition is delightfull, the way you drawn that neck...
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:icongromoptak:
Gromoptak Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
it's AMAAAZING!!
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
What a beautiful portrait! :) Thank you for sharing info on the artistic media you're using and your techniques.
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:iconiwai:
iwai Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional
nice!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Sorry to not see it in person, but the colors really are beautiful. I love the hints of blue under the green.

And you make a great argument, but I'd like to see a live one in person to make that call :D
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nay, you wish to see a live one because you know it will be confirmed. ;) :D

Thank you.
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
:salute: I'll let you know if I find one :)
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:icondrgnelf:
drgnelf Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely.
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rhys12345 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
not to mention they're an endangered species. familiarity is a terrible thing, and the green peafowl looks more exotic than the blue because of it.
great work as always
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Even this "poor" scan left me totaly speachless. Always when I thought "yes, my work is not bad", your drawings/paintings brings me instantly back to the "man, I have so much to learn" state.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully done, Squire :clap:
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