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This is slightly more morbid than the other ref collection ... since the bird is dead... I DIDN'T KILL IT I PROMISE

My Aunt found it in the yard dead - we think it flew into a tree or something sine it didn't have any bite injuries from the two dogs we have.

Any way immediately thought of taking pictures of it with my phone to use as future references, along with drawing practice as a friend and I sat around for a bit sketching it before disposing it.

Thought maybe you guys could get some use out of the pictures as well so I put them together.

Sorry if anyone is offended by my opportunistic nature o-o but at least now he can in a sense live on forever in my sketch book

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Wow ... I guess I know now how to get you all to comment, just start posting dead things lol XD no but seriously thank you for the comments and the many page views. And if any of you remember it I'd love to see any pictures made that the ref was used. =] Its a good feeling to know and see that you've helped provided something useful to other people.
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RavenHeartedKid Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its Fien I Did It With A Dead Magpie It Was Dead In The Middle Of Our Horses Field. So Sad But I Guess You Could Bring It Back To Life By Drawing It Flying R Something .
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Xbox-DS-Gameboy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least it didn't die in veign :) Beautiful bird ^^
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xXLeafTalonXx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
You took the beauty of death and changed it so you and other beings can use the moment to create future art. Brilliant.
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alcanx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Angry birds IRL?
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Rednightblitz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
i agree with you opinion. you did bury it in the end not like some ppl who play with birds after they are dead... so it's all good :)....it's a beautiful bird btw..
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GrizzlyCrusade Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is actually how most artists used to study for reference... you didn't kill it and this gives this bird a way to exist in a form well into the future. Beautiful cardinal though, bright bright boy.
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kaymon3 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
wow ove never seen a bird like that b4
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:icondeadzonewiggen:
Deadzonewiggen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Digital Artist
Sick! The poor bird .....
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:iconboo5:
boo5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
That's a good idea, i drew a dead rat the other day, looking at them closley really helps doesn't it! XD (I must sound really weird! XD )
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The-Black-Assasin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Artist
this may be usefull
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Blackqueen12 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
WOW!

These pics are really good quality what type of phone do you have
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skyefeather Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is great. and a cardinal nonetheless!

call me strange, but it would've been great to preserve the wings off this guys for reference for yourself; i did the same with a young robin i found on the side of the road, and it worked out very well (:
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Snauggert Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Nice, I've wanted good wing shots for a while now. If I post something using this as reference, I'll make sure to give creds! :D
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Niffler13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did this once with a pideon that flew into my window (poor fool) but it's a shame this happened to such a beautiful bird. It really is great refferance though, thanks for posting it!!! :D
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GooseIsLoose Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
glad you didnt kill it, cuz its illegal!! still, beautiful North Carolina's signature bird. we feed them all the time.
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fevergreen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
This was EXTREMELY useful. I did some sketches, and they're extremely revealing as to the bird's anatomy.
(They're here [link] if you'd like to see them.)
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aw, that's sad, but at least he's contributing after his death. Thanks for the pictures - that was a good idea, and I think I'll use these sometime.
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L-Young Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
We find both Cardinals and Blue Jays all the time in my backyard because they fly into the window, stun themselves, and then fall to the ground where the dogs get them. You know.....they should be using these birds on the Windex commercials instead of the crows XD
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ShinseiKatai Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Its sad but its such a beautiful bird!
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iamstalkingu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
My poor state bird. And six or seven other states :C
Seems like a pretty good ref though, I'm faving.
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SillyRedPanda Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's my state bird ; A ;

I found dead bird once and used it for drawing practice. I like that you put this up for others to use!
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Twilightzonegirl13 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aww sad thing it is to lose a bird like that (especially since you think it flew into a tree.)
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
It could have had bird flu O.O wash your hands! XO
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Aritimas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He just seems old, poor thing. It's a shame but these things happen I guess :(

I'll definately use it as referance for birds!
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michikodarkkitsune Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Great ref-that bird is really beautiful =) The red is very striking.

Wonder what killed it? It must have been a dozy bird if it flew straight into a tree! <3 xxxx
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Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
What a beautiful bird may he rest in peace... :(
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Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
What a beautiful bird may he rest in peace...
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:iconkagome-245:
Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
What a beautiful bird may he rest in peace...
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Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
What a beautiful bird may he rest in peace...
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Kiwiggle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Beautiful bird ;w;
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tasiaraye Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awww. sad :(....what a pretty color
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Tainted-Oktober Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Artist
Sad, but it's great for reference!
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wolvensong Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never would have thought of doing this, but even though I'm sad the bird is dead I'm glad you didn't waist the opportunity to study it for reference. Thank you for sharing, Cardinals are one of my favorite birds
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akkichocolate-chan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
poor little bird. but this will be great for sketches. thanks
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ForeignNoise Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Poor thing. /: thanks for the refs though.
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GelUpHell Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Taking pictures of a dead bird and not burying it



YEP IT'S SOOOO GONNA REST IN PEACE
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Quinientos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Even if s/he hadn't found it, it wouldn't have been buried. It would have been eaten, or decomposed. Heck, it would be eaten even if it WAS buried. So what constitutes burying it as "resting in peace"?
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SarahMaria11 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor bird :(
Good idea though
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fusspot Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Being dead aside, he looks pretty rough around the edges so it could very well have been old age or illness. Terrible thing, seeing a bird dead on the ground and not flying, but it's hard not to take the opportunity to get some references up close. At least it was done respectfully. Things like this are invaluable.
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linna2007 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
poor bird! :C
But I really needed help to draw birds, so thank you! ♥
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EndlesslySparkly Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i have these types of birds running into our kitchen window non-stop so it makes sense lol
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guitaristburke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats very thoughtful of you, i think im gonna do some sketches using these references too. this bird will live on forever in art, a better life than any other bird before it.
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InceptusNovus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
So great of you! Thanks for doing this. I dont care if people think it's morbid or not. Sad though cause I absolutely love birds. Poor little guy.
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WolfChild18 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconnuuplz: nuuuuu!!!!!! poor cardinal :iconemotearplz: they're very pretty birds for sure and my great grandmother used to wish on them for one reason or another.
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:iconhagon:
Hagon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
look like angry bird a bit ;x
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snowefox Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
it a beauitful bird i dont find it morbid you at least giving it a propose in death and use what mother nature gives ya.
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Farumir Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011   General Artist
Judging from the bald spots on its body, I'd guess it either died of old age or sickness, my old budgies lost their feathers due to old age before they popped their clogs.

But apart from the bald patches, it looks is very neat condiction...why not clean it then take it to a taxidermist and get it stuffed? Since it'd be a shame to waste such a beautiful bird even in its death.
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CherryAndThePack Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
wow such a beautiful creature the color is just amazing.
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DragonflyandDragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww, poor birdy. Great pictures though.
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Devils-Play Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a beautiful bird. Though I must say, Im glad you took the liberty of putting on the gloves. Lol. This will be great for drawing wings and such though, thankyou
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