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Mallard Duck - Bic Ballpoint Pen.

The mallard or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands and South Africa.[2] This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae.

The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.

Took 78 hours to finish over a period of 3 months. Lost about 20% quality during scanning. Original photo by: Per-Axel Giertz

The size is 21cm x 29cm.

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Materials: Bic Cristal coloured ballpoint pens also Classic black Bic ballpoint pen and Classic Green Bic ballpoint pen on 280g/m2 A3 smooth paper.

Artwork © Samuel Silva - `VianaArts 2015 All rights reserved.

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Shreyas2000 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am totally speechless!!😲😲😲😲😲
LordByrun Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my gosh...that is so good 0v0
Scarlett-2345 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
This is beautiful the water drops look like a potion from a fantasy move and its amazing 
Kathi-Klimmek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's just awesome! I'm totally fascinated by the water droplets!
margarethaviania Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
thoughttrainderailed Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great job on the water droplets!
philbertk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW fantastic
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist
I'm not sure how the ref pic looked, but the only thing that appears off would be the water on the top of the duck's head. It just looks a mite weird, but it's all still breathtaking :D
Key-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Utterly amazing work! This is making me really want to pick up ball point pens again, I haven't touched them for years! Haha
CristianPucci92 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent drawing!
ZiskaJa Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the pearlike water on his feathers. your pictures are amazing!
Moorgrasses Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
iiTrains12 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love ducks, I don't know why. XD
Aggablaze Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Elliechan01 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my..... holy god!!! How?
I'm so in love! Not just for the draw but for all the effort you put into it!
ZoevanRumt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
an other cool design!:musicnote: 
PleaseDontTouchMyFry Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely duck. I can't believe that you've used Bic Crystals on these!
Asu-hime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is actually crazy awesome ;o;
Amazing pen ability~
harpyja Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Why copy a photo? This is a nice work, but I don't understand the "why"...
VianaArts Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In this case the client wanted me to. In many of my other drawings they are entirely new and even though they might look like a copy of a photo, they are not. See these two bellow? They were based on more than 3 references each and they don't exist as a single photo anywhere. there's also the philosophical aspect to it, I could do abstract and more surrealistic stuff too if I wanted to, but my main focus is this right now, because I love it.
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harpyja Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you for your statement. Sometimes I do similar work for clients, too, but I do not like it that much - if you do, keep up the good work, you do a good job on that :)
SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Immaculate and incredible: these are the only words I can cough out after being awestruck from the way you rendered such a picture (never mind that it's in pen--that was the given). There's no taking one's eyes off this level of precise detail and color...I could study this for hours. Thank you for sharing this inspiring piece with the world. :heart:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!  you've some patience :D
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Lenalee-lee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The water drops looks so realistic. Amazing work!
PixelPrinzessin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow just wow
it looks so realistic
the water looks so real 
BellaNoel99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student General Artist
dea1h Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
...awesome... :+fav:
ClayLady Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing o_o Great work!
Aneeway Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   General Artist
Amazing, dude! Those droplets!La la la la 
themandii Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing! holy crap!
ObiOneCanYogi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was going to scroll by--just another hi-def photograph of a mallard. but wait a minute--THAT'S NO PHOTOGRAPH. AMAZING.
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
It's a masterpiece. The waterdros, the colours, all is so gorgeous. Great job.😊
PenInker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
cloe-patra Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I just love your style it is simply amazing! :wow: I can't even imagine how much time and effort you put in your drawings :love:
MissJantastic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! This must have taken forever!
KaoruBlackstone1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JoeDieBestie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very well done. If there is something between this and perfect, then i would say maybe the waterdrops, those seems to be a bit "hard", besides that, a larger version would be great.
tigress4u Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Again I must say you are a very very talented artist.  This is probably the best artwork I have seen in this category.....Absolutely amazing.
wolfieous Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
I guess I'm not very original but this IS perfect. Clap 
Bulldoggenliebchen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
perfection in every detail!
Silver-Iruka Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful, perfect technique, I like so much your traditional art!:D (Big Grin) 
Miss-RubyArts Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors there so vibrant and for a second I thought it was a real duck!! Well Done!! ^^
jacquelines-artworks Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist
wonderful o.o
Chippy-con Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy crap! you did that all with pen?!?! This is extremely impressive!
LenaLightwood Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're really good at drawing water O.o Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
xX-LittleWaitress-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such beautiful textures and shading. I adore this.
Toyona Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
the colors are so vibrant, amazing work C:
MistyCascade Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible piece!
isischneider Featured By Owner May 22, 2015   Photographer
whoa!!! excellent work.
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