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Elegant Creatures by UlaFish Elegant Creatures by UlaFish
My goal for this piece was to create a graceful blend of human and animal that didn't come off as just another type of furry. I'm not sure I entirely succeeded, but I still enjoyed working on this piece. They are meant to be a mix of human and the many types of egrets and herons I've seen while living in Florida.
These two are members of species that live on a continent entirely covered in 2 to 10 feet of water. Narrow, towering islands of rock dot the landscape, resembling great archways, spires, and castles. They create woven cities on the tower islands, elaborate arrangements of reeds halfway between birds' nests and houses.

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:iconjbaulmont:
JBaulmont Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   General Artist
Gorgeous!
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aedifico Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is GORGEOUS! Definitely my favorite bird/human hybrid design I've seen. :)
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illumifurry Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
COOL.......
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:iconelpollobosso:
elpollobosso Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
They a cute couple ^^
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Ramsay1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
It is a great idea! *WOW*
P.S. I remembered AVATAR )))
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morganamidnight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!)
Don't know why, but my fisrt association was soviet animated film called ''Caliph-Stork''... one of my favorites films since childhood)
http: // www. youtube.com/ watch?v=FCvQaQ7xRN4.
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toadyROCKS Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Bird people are kinda my favorite thing. :3 And no, I'm not into furries either, so you pulled it off well.
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:iconrawr-keikz:
RAWR-keikz Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow they are actually quite beautiful.
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:iconcamibrandao:
camibrandao Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
wow
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:iconthe-next-heir:
The-Next-Heir Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
must draw one!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D I'd love to see
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:iconhaseo-ani-waya:
Haseo-Ani-Waya Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you succeeded rather well; you imagined anew blend of two vastly dissimilar species and blended them into one seamless and highly possible alien one. Their environment is unique, as is their social structure, not to mention the detail you displayed in their sexual dimorphism. The tribal touch is inspiring. Please continue to make such unique additions to dA
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YyanaOni Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
*gasp* Wow, they're so beautiful and delicate...I...I just love it!
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Dariian-r00 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
definitely must be on my favorites :D! awesome work, it reminds me a bit of the painting "creation of the birds" by Remedios Varo, maybe because they're birds and because of their faces, i'm so in love of this illustration, thanks for making my day :D!
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Dariian-r00 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
and they are indeed, very very elegant.
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:iconoutoftheblu:
outoftheblu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
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:iconneltheirken:
NeLTheIrken Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
This is gorgeous :) I love the faces. I believe you succeeded in your goal ;D Anyway Where they live sounds beautiful I'd love to visit if it was real. Thank you for this beautiful piece :)
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:iconfedini:
Fedini Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i LOVE THEM, THE DESIGN IS VERY ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE...
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I had fun painting them.
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:iconvon-morjo:
Von-Morjo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow... they are beautifull :)
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:icon8rq:
8rq Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Wonderful design :)
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:iconjuanbauty:
juanbauty Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful and original character designs! i like very much.
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SashaGreen Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student General Artist
This is beautiful!1
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yanikaRed Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
I love the pink of the water and village in the backdrop - very beautifully balanced and makes me want to know more about these creatures.
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous colours! I love the concept and the execution, I am especially fond of the females design :] The inimate posing is really lovely as well!
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T-SquaredProductions Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh look, it's "Aviatar"! *SHOT with a gummy bear for a bad joke* (look at the name closely, then you'll see what I mean)
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yes, because no one ever designed graceful tribal creatures before Avatar came along :P
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very freaky and fantastic. I think it's very wonderful for the contest. :V
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CamaraSketch Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a great piece of art!Fantastic character design!!!
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:iconz-fish:
Z-fish Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the subtle colors of the background against their elegant forms, and your soft painterly style is so pretty ;_;
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I really love this design! They do look very elegant and beautiful, and I also love all the details you added (their clothing/jewelry/accessoirs). It makes it easy to imagine their whole culture and way of life. The woven cities are a great idea! They look very intruiging.
At first the woman's face made me thing of a barn owl (one reason I immediatly liked her). You're right, herons and egrets are really beautiful, and I think the perfect birds for what you had in mind!
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la-catrina Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Amazing :) I really loved this one.
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:iconchivishka:
Chivishka Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
I thought it was funny how they have tiny thin long legs.

oh and they reminded me of avatar.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Cool Creatures.. Look a lot like Avatar Bird Creatures... Excellent Work!!!
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:iconaquartistjames:
AquartistJames Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I love these :D and their home planet sounds delightful :XD:
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:iconcheesestorm:
CheeseStorm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
They are beautiful!
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:iconthetruedreamer:
TheTrueDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
i really love this picture :D
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:iconwildchild12345:
wildchild12345 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
You did a really wonderful job! its beautiful!
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popeyethecat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
I love their designs, especially their faces. They remind me a little of feathered dinosaurs, which I think is pretty interesting, seeing as that's what birds evolved from, and probably would've eaten whichever contemporary we evolved from. They seem almost like the kind of creature that would have its likeness painted on primitive temple walls.
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Stinetroll Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is gorgeous
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Telperuniel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
As a rule I dislike bird anthro pieces. I will say now that you have taken that rule, thrown it on the floor, smashed it and I couldn't thank you more. This is simply stunning.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, that was my goal! I generally have an aversion to anthro-anything that isn't mythology based.
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csmalls Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
gorgeous!
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mizudatsurugi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I think they're both very beautiful and you've succeeded in your goal in my opinion. V^^V I like how you didn't opt to make them cliche sexy hybrids like a lot of people do, which I think is one factor that furries have, but rather making them look more soft and gentle looking. You did best in giving them the perfect balance of human and bird. For some reason my first thought of this was bird version of Avatar.
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful picture in my WHITE-collection![link]
I hope you will agree!:iconflowerplz:
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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My pleasure!
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IsidithKazenokami Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
hi there! i loved them!! i think is their design is very original! i like the way you make their wings the arms, the look very elegant, i think you achieved your goal!!!! ;) :+fav:
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:icondeuil:
Deuil Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
I think you succeeded, it looks lovely
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E-9 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is great. Slick designs. Reminds me of that one episode of Aeon Flux. I hope you do more pieces with them!
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