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Strength and Determination by Heatherzart Strength and Determination by Heatherzart
16" x 20"
Scratchboard and Ink

This is definitely a departure for me but I have to say I really enjoyed it. Birds are a secret love of mine - the only "babies" I haven't added to my menagerie because of my husbands aversion to them and my dogs' desire for them (and price for the really cool ones). The picture of this guy was taken at the Athens zoo in Greece of all places! Raptors as a whole are mesmerizing but there's just something about a bald eagle. It's iconic, majestic, it exudes strength and determination, it makes me feel patriotic.

My next project is also a bird but one not as well known I think and absolutely stunning up close. I never appreciated them until I started using a zoom lens and really saw the detail of their faces. So stay tuned!

I recently invested in a professional photographer to take new images of all of my work (well the pieces I can still get my hands on anyways). It was money well spent! The new files all represent the work as it looks in real life and so much more of the details can be seen. As of now I've reproduced about half of my inventory - it's an expensive and time-consuming process. And I've been forced to do something I HATE ... dreaded watermarks!! Recent thefts have forced me to reevaluate my views on them so you'll see new files from me with my website strategically placed here and there.
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First of all, Eagle is one of my favorite animals!!
5/5 Vision: Your drawing is really clear. The way you color is good, and it really looks real so good job.
4.5/5 Originality: I've seen a lot of people doing portraits of animals but good thing you did a good job for making a good drawing of an eagle.
5 Technique: I can really say it looks real because the technique of your coloring and drawing is really amazing. Teach me, Master :D
5 Impact: I can't say anything and all I can say is...AMAZING! The arts you posted in your gallery is amazing! Keep up the good work!
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Arashii494 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome!!
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:iconjosephhutchison:
josephhutchison Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Awesome.
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Mythraill Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Artist
those birds indeed always look so determined about everything XD
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Sydghor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   General Artist
wooooooooowwwwwww
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, thx!
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Sydghor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Yes, your welcome! You are an extremely gifted artist, I've never even heard of scratch board but now I want one haha! Yes beautiful gallery, you need to sell you will make a fortune haha!
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UGNArtWorld Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't forget freedom!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
hahahaha! Thanks!
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:iconugnartworld:
UGNArtWorld Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
 Quite simply magnificent - this image truly does convince me that if any raptor deserves to be called the 'Charlton Heston of Birds' it would have to be the Bald Eagle (although I suspect the Golden Eagle might contest that honour).:D (Big Grin) 
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I have a new love for owls right now but yes - all raptors are magnificent
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
 They certainly LOOK magnificent, although I'm given to understand that some species do rather let the side down when it comes to magnificent behaviour … :D (Big Grin) 
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree it's hard to beat an eagle for magnificence.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
 Not if you're fast enough to catch him when he's down!:D (Big Grin) 
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shame to hear about the thefts, but the watermark doesn't detract from this piece at all. It's gorgous, I love the detail and the beautiful realism in the eye. Amazing :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:icontyrrhen:
Tyrrhen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
excellent colours and details , love the way the eagle looks up and light is reflected in his eyes
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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robertcicheckiart Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work.   *
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx!
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cmvanek Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
beautiful. My grandmother loves eagles and she loves this drawing! Clap 
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sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Excellent work on the head and it's angle
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:iconweirda208:
Weirda208 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
one word for this breathtaking art: PERFECT~~ :love:

Especially the eye with these shines...
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
UN...BE...LEIVABLE!! haha. I'm planning on doing a digital painting of an eagle for the 4th of July, so I hope my turns out even HALF this good. Simply amazing.
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BuckleberryRanch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful! ^-^
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing, you have such skills!
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:iconarixona:
Arixona Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, just amazing O.O
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:iconarinantwolf:
ArinantWolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
those details, man that's so extraordinary I love all the highlighting and the the colloring is so beautiful.
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! :love:
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the angle and the eyes!
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful and very stunning, your works of art are really amazing :D
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:iconashigaru:
ashigaru Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
So stunningly beautiful! And all the detail! :D
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ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Beautiful Job.
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
I don't think watermarks are a bad thing when they're placed at the bottom of the picture like that. It's only annoying when people place them right in the middle of the photo over the animals face so that you can't see all the details.
Also having the watermark gives people a way to find you if they wanted a print (or something). Whereas if it gets passed on to people without the watermark, people will never know who made it. So I try not to think of watermarks like yours as a bad thing :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know it makes sense - it just became this irrational thing for me - and I didn't want to have to do the work. But now that I have professional files of the newer work, I'm more organized - I have five different size files for each one - one with wm one without for each size and it's on one place on my computer. I tried the watermarks before and then as each new image came out I handled all of them differently - had so many versions I could never remember which was the main one. Feels good to have it all under control now. But I still have a bunch of my older work to get back and then pay for the pictures of those. It's a big project but all of my clients have been great about it so far. I think they like the idea of limited edition prints of their originals because it just raises the value of the work.
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susanjo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Stunning work!
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Fumseck73 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I thought it was a photo when I saw it o________o Beautiful ! Well done !
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Spectacular job on the head feathers!
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ekara Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG!! is beautiful!
I love it, the colors are amazing!!
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masscreation Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Love your work.
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional
Woah, I love it.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional
you're welcome!
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ArtiaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Really great job! You can be poud for all works in you gallery! I adore your styl! It is amazing. What technigue is it? So black color... Can you tell me how do you do this perfect work plese?
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anniecanjump Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Wow, wow, wow.....did I say wow!!!
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MayaHime Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its such an artgasom one after another hun love the colors and detail *o*
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lovely! The eye and beak are particularly captivating. :heart:
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your awesome work here: [link]
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momsefine Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's amazing
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