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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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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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TheNightmareVisions Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Where did you learn how to draw like that? 
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GiannaFelicityYoung Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
How beautiful!
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dandelion-four Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
absolutely stunning!
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Black-Sis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful ♡
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Luminous.  :)
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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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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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