Color Pencil. 12X16 Canson Bristol Board Vellum. Photo ref of the duck courtesy of the North Carolina Zoo. Winner of several awards at the PA Taxidermist’s State Convention and Competition including “Best of Show, Wildlife Art” on 3/7/2009.

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animal, duck, mandarin, nature, wildlife

I am a self-taught artist, recently retired from my “pay the bills job”, who made a serious attempt at graphite drawing in 2006 at age 53. I have since done a few in color pencil.
I love drawing animals and children especially. Some of my work is available for sale as prints on this site. Commissions are welcome.
Thank you for visiting my page, and I would like to thank everybody who comments. I truly appreciate it.

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  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 5 years ago

    LOL….First, thanks for your comments! I didn’t keep track of the hours, and on this one, I’m glad I didn’t! It was VERY slow going. If I had to guess, I’d say about 45-50 hours total. (I work a little at a time, kind of piecemeal so it’s hard to say) But they were hours spent doing what I love to do, so it’s all good.

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 5 years ago

    BTW, I scanned this in two pieces and those of you who know what to look for will see where photoshop put the pieces together. I’ll be posting a professional scan (that I’ll get tomorrow), but couldn’t wait to put it up.

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Ellerover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Marlene. Beautiful colors. I have been through the scan thing too. Taking a digital shot works for some things but a scan is always better. This looks great.

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleover 5 years ago

    Beautiful job! Love the variation of colour in the feathers!

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 5 years ago

    Stunning detail (as all your work) Marlene,love it!!!!

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 5 years ago

    Brilliant work Marlene. I’m sure you could write a best-seller book on ‘How to’ with your great talents.

  • elphonline
    elphonlineover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful colours.

  • williamsart
    williamsartover 5 years ago

    You are really good. masterfully done and beautiful painting

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 5 years ago

    Awesome work! This has been featured in ZOOPHORIA. Congratulations!

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 5 years ago

    Thank you! I appreciate that Lisa.

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