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29 September 2012 @ 06:51 pm
Art coming along  
Today was much more productive. I have finished all the flats on the Work Fight drawing. I have started shading the background and that's almost done. Then I can start shading Owen and lastly Cope. I can't wait to finish this pic. I'm anxious to get started on Owen Hits the High Note. It was getting tedious though so I started on my next digital painting for my dino story. So far it looks nice. I like drawing rocks. This one is the waterfall scene so that will be new to me and I hope I can do it. I think I know how though and feel much more confident about tackling it than when I did when I first started this a few months ago. I have decided to work on this in scenes. So it may not be in order but I will try to just work on the scenes in order. I guess I'm getting tired of no main characters in most of the opening sequence so I'm going to skip to a better known scene later in the story.

I ordered some more of those mini gourds in case I get any commission for budgies. I had one friend say she wanted to buy one but I had already secretly made her budgie so I had to spoil the surprise and tell her about it. It was going to be a gift anyway.

I felt well enough to do some weeding in the yard today. I think I was out there for about 20 minutes without over doing it.

Chris and I are going to watch Return to Oz tonight. I'm looking foward to that. It's a nice movie for Halloween and one of my favorites from my childhood that I used to watch over and over everyday. I recorded it back then and must have worn out the tape.

I showed actipton80 THIS Picture of a "red budgie". There's no such thing as a red budgie but I found this pic that someone colored up in photoshop and I thought they did a good job. I can tell it used to be a normal blue budgie. I agreed with her that it doesn't look so good with a white face and was already thinking that it would look better on a normal green, especially a female because of the brown nose. I decided I would try to make my own red budgie out of a green budgie. I was trying to decide if I should make a rusty red budgie which might seem more realistic. Like Henrietta's colors. Or go for a screaming Cardinal red budgie. I decided to go for the Cardinal budgie look. Why now. If it's going to be a fictional red bird may as well be as bright as possible.

Not bad huh? I'm not very good at photomanipulation but I think this one turned out nice. I think a new set of rules is in order for red budgies. Reds would be a third set or line of color. So there would be the blue line, the green line and the red line. Reds would produce brown as the wave colors of their backs if it's a normal pattern and males would have pink noses as adults. Never blue. A pastel version like in a recesive pied would have light red tummies...aka pink!
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actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Your red budgie is not a normal. She's an opaline. She doesn't have stripes on her head like a normal. I have no idea how a red budgie would work since I know what all the different genes do in terms of color, except for some of the rare ones. Budgies only have yellow, brown, and black pigment. Green is yellow pigment combined with blue refractive color.
Des: Phage Grabbedthagirion on September 30th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I did a good job didn't I? Didn't I?

I couldn't see her back so she looked normal to me from the front. Also I didn't say the one I used was normal. I just said she was green.

I have no idea how a red budgie would work

That's why I made new rules for the red line. It's one of my talents; filling in the gaps.

Edited at 2012-09-30 01:24 am (UTC)
actipton80actipton80 on September 30th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
It's a good recolor, but it still doesn't change my opinion that red doesn't belong on a budgie.

"I made one using a normal green female I'll post later tonight."

That was from a comment you made back to me a couple days ago after you posted the other photo manip that was made from a blue budgie. So you did say normal, just not today.

So is red a base pigment or a refractive color?

Des: Hummmthagirion on September 30th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
but it still doesn't change my opinion that...

What makes you think I'm trying to change your mind? I just wanted you to admit I did a good job on a recolor of a green bird which you now have. So thanks.

So you did say normal, just not today

But we're talking about today and we're talking about this post. Also what you don't know is when I said that I had colored another green budgie in a different post that I totally screwed up and it didn't look good at all. Opaline or normal green you're missing the point that it works regardless if you think it belongs or not. At least that it works better than on a blue budgie with a white face.

Hum, I'd say structural colors or reflective since red parrots are the exception where other birds like cardinals use caratenoids. How bright a red parrot is depends on how much structural color they have.
actipton80actipton80 on September 30th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
So now that you theorized that red would be structural and I can put it into the existing framework of budgie colors, that means that body color, tail color, and cheek patches would be affected by a red factor. The wavy lines are not affected by structural color, so they would be black on a normal red budgie. Yellow would be unaffected, so you would get a more orangey red on a yellow budgie, and a cooler shade on a white budgie. You would get orange by mixing red factor and dilute on a yellow base, and pink from mixing red and dilute on a white budgie. YF I guess would work for red budgies like it does for blue ones. Ceres still follow the normal rules, since none of the other structural color mutations like dark factor, violet, gray, or slate affect it. A red budgie would have to be rec. pied or fallow to have a pink cere, because those are the only mutations that change cere color that you actually know what structural color your bird is. You don't with inos or DEC since they only show yellow pigment if they have it.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on September 30th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds great. I'm tempted to color up some budgies that way. I like that it would be possible to make orange and pinks based on this. But I'd have the reds still be an exception for the ceres because blue nosed males just look bad with red bodies, though they are kind of patriotic that way like the one the guy made in the first pic. But keeping all the colors on the hot side just looks nicer.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on September 29th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you got more art done today!
The red budgie is well done! I'm not that good at photo manips either lol. You did a nice job!
Des: Budgiesthagirion on September 30th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. I love that feeling of accomplishment.
Thank you. When I first recolored her I didn't like how she looked but I was really zoomed in. Now I think she looks nice.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 30th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a much more productive day, and I hope you keep improving.

Hehe, well, that is just weird having a red budgie :) I like how I can stilll see all the feather structure. For some reason I want to make her tummy lighter.
Des: Darwin My Budgiethagirion on September 30th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had to get used to it but now I really like her. I could still recolor her a lighter red. I could make her almost any color I want.
Calzephyr: approved!calzephyr77 on September 30th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
A red budgie is so cool! The yellow face is indeed much more natural than white.
Des: Phage and Peepthagirion on September 30th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I had to get used to it but now I like it too. Yeah, I think I like it better too on yellow.