Ruddy Duck


Mansfield, United States

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5″×7″ study of a male ruddy duck. I did this as a practice piece to possibly enter the Federal Duck Stamp program. It is on Kitty Wallis sanded paper, Spectracolor colored pencils.
History of the Federal Duck Stamp Program Contest:

The first Federal Duck Stamp, designed by Jay “Ding” Darling in 1934 at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s request, depicts two mallards about to land on a marsh pond. In subsequent years, other noted wildlife artists were asked to submit designs. The first contest in 1949 was open to any U.S. artist who wished to enter. Sixty-five artists submitted 88 design entries that first year. The number of entries rose to 2,099 in 1981. This is the only art competition of its kind sponsored by the U.S. Government.

A panel of noted art, waterfowl, and philatelic authorities is appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to judge each competition. Winners receive no compensation for their work, other than a pane of stamps carrying their design. Winning artists may sell prints of their designs, which are sought after by hunters, conservationists, and art collectors.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mails contest regulations to interested artists each spring. Artists may choose their own medium and designs may be in black-and-white or full color, and must measure 10 inches wide by 7 inches high.

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