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The Big Five by LuxDani The Big Five by LuxDani
My first series of feathers!

My boyfriend and his family are originally from South Africa, he lived there till he was 13, then moved to Canada. Before I met him Africa was always an inspiration for me, but now it is even more so. I hope that some day he will take me to South Africa.

In Africa (the southern countries in particular), the "Big Five" is known. The Big Five is a set of beasts, known for being the hardest to hunt on foot. They are the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, the Lion, and the Leopard. I've been dying to paint them for awhile now. My dad bought me a box of 18 wild turkey tail feathers so I knew these badboys would look great with the Big Five painted on them.

So acrylic paints on turkey feathers <3


References
Elephant : [link]
Lion : [link]
Rhino : [link]
Leopard : ..lost the photo, I'll find it
Cape Buffalo : one of my boy's photos
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:iconmel1504:
mel1504 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
this is amazing do you have an email address and do you sell them would realy like a set making specialist? thanks 
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will send you a note with my email address. :)
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:iconwarriorsluver8045321:
warriorsluver8045321 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I love the detail, they look so real! :D
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! <3
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:iconryeesa:
Ryeesa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, I so want this group so very muchly but checking the pricing I sadly cannot afford them as a whole ;n; </3
So amazing... if one day they are all still together and I can afford them, do you think you might possibly add a zebra to the group? o:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure :)
If and when you decide you'd like them, and they're still here I can definitely add another.
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:iconryeesa:
Ryeesa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay ;u; <3
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:iconwaiting-for-wings:
waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow they look amazing!!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :love:
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:iconemeraldsora:
EmeraldSora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
They look sooooo awesome!!! Never knew turkey feathers looked so cool! :D

South Africa is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth... (I'm South African) :D
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are pretty neat looking feathers. :)

Ah cool! I'm so hoping that I'll be able to visit South Africa some day!
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AnnTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For about five minutes now i've been trying to comprehind that you've just painted in quite incredible detail on feathers. Feathers. I still cant beleive it. wesome job. (alot better than awesome, but i cant really think of any words right now
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thank you!! They always seem to get a bit of a reaction out of people, especially in real life!
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:iconrinzekatze:
Rinzekatze Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful feathers you have there :D
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe thanks :)
They're fun to paint on
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:iconsockeriza:
Sockeriza Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg, when I saw this, I was left speechless.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah awesome! :)
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:icondaydreamer645:
daydreamer645 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Haha just thought that I should mention that I am from south africa and I think you did a great job :) really awesome!!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well hello there! :)

Thanks!
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:iconemily7896:
emily7896 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
how do you get the paintings so detailed?
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fine paint brush, nose an inch away from the feather, and lots of patience.
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DragonSouL7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
unbelievably great job
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! <3
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:icona-llonsee:
a-llonsee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, I want one <3
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah thanks <3
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:icona-llonsee:
a-llonsee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome :D
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:iconkitanokata:
Kitanokata Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist
I am stunned. They are gorgeous! Such great details. You must be so patient to do this.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does take some patience, but I enjoy the challenge. :)
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:iconcassandra667:
cassandra667 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
wow. those are amazing
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconwalkingthroughashes:
WalkingThroughAshes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't actually have words for this, and I sat for a few minutes trying to come up with them.

Astounding.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best comment ever. :heart:
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:iconwalkingthroughashes:
WalkingThroughAshes Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks ^.^
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:iconartofbeksutton:
ArtofBekSutton Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow these are very beautiful, when I went to Southern Africa in 2004, it was my goal to see all of the big 5 in the wild. I found 4/5, the leopard, was too good at hiding :D
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Four out of five seems pretty good! I hope that some day I can try the same!
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:iconmanda-of-the-6:
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
These are AMAZING! I haven't seen traditional art done on feathers and these turned out brilliantly. My father's originally from South Africa, so I know exactly what you're talking about with The Big Five. :clap:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! Some day I wish to visit South Africa
And thank you! <3
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:iconmanda-of-the-6:
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
It's a beautiful country. Admittedly scary in some parts, but breathtakingly goregous.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmhmm I've heard the tale of my boyfriend being held up at gunpoint near his school as a kid, all because of a small digital camera he had on him. Frightening.

I hope to see the more beautiful aspects. xD
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:iconmanda-of-the-6:
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! That's crazy!
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:icontrinitite:
Trinitite Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
The detail on these is absolutely stunning!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconslipping-star:
Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you have any sort of guide to how you prep the feathers for painting?
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I made a tutorial awhile back on the basics of feather painting. [link]
Even though my technique has changed since then, it still is pretty thorough. I'll be glad to answer questions if you have any :)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just so you know, the official name for "canvas" - the surface you paint on - is the ground. The part that holds it up - the wood behind a stretched canvas - is the support. In the case of your feathers, they are combined, and mostly the ground is discussed. :p The weird stuff they teach in art class.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting! Well now I know x]
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:iconqueen-of-the-lions:
Queen-of-the-lions Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! want the lion!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha that's what I like to hear!
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:iconqueen-of-the-lions:
Queen-of-the-lions Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i has? :iconshy--plz:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well they're for sale
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