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Stuck in the Middle
These are Tawny Frogmouths, native birds found in Australia.  What's unique about these birds is that their wide mouths, which is said to help them catch insects.  They also have great camouflage from their feathers that help them blend in with the trees they perch on.  They would even stretch out their bodies to look like a broken tree branch, making their camouflage more effective.

This was a big project that I worked on this October that was commissioned for my mom.  You see, she wants to make the guest room animal-themed with illustrations of animals from the previous house and flora-patterned covers and curtains.  So she asked me to draw a large illustration of her favorite exotic bird, the Tawny Frogmouth.  She had a chance to interact with one of them during a trip to Australia where at one of their zoos, she was give an opportunity to handle one and have it perched on her arm.

One thing my mom asked of me was to add some blue to the digital painting since that's was the color of the guest room.  Originally, the trio of birds had a lot more blue on them with touches of orange on their feathers, but that wasn't what she envisioned.  But fortunately, I figured out on how to adjusted the colors to match the bird's original color scheme, and I do like this a lot more that its original colors.
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Joker - Beneath My Grin
"Beneath my grin, though, is just more grin!  HA HA!"

To tell you the truth, I don't read much comic books, I was always more of a fan of the cartoon series based on those iconic comic book characters, especially my absolute favorite, "Batman: The Animated Series."  However, there is one on-going series that I do read from time-to-time, and that's "Batman", written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo.  I think these two have done a phenomenal job when this was rebooted (again) with introducing new villains, such as The Court of Owls, and revamping classic ones.  The prime example of their amazing creativity is when they reintroduced the Joker after purposefully getting his face removed for motives unclear by Batman and his allies.  Even with the slight make-over, he is the same Joker we know and love as he sought to bring chaos, misfortune, and laughs (in his own twisted sense of way of course) into Batman's life.  There is still a lot of mystery behind the Joker in his featured story arcs, "Death of the Family" and "Endgame", but that's just one of the many things on why the Joker is such a fascinating villain.  With Scott Snyder giving Joker the increasing complexity in his character and Greg Capullo providing the gruesomely beautifully artwork in his design, it's no wonder that the Joker continues to maintain his position as one of the most popular villains in history.

Needless to say, I felt inspired to draw this version of the Joker, especially that opening seen where the grinning, shadowy trickster stands in a pitch-black background, and from its completion, I learned several things about my own art style.  Overall, I always tend to have clean lines in my artwork.  I don't think I can ever measure up to the naturally gruesome details found in other people's art style, say Greg Capullo when he drew the hideous flesh off of Joker's flesh-carved mask.  Still, this did give me a chance to explore some of the coloring and brushes I used in my Manga Studio program like that splattering effects around his face or the streaks in his hair thanks to the watercolor brush tool.  Plus, it was a nice break from something else I was working on.
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Blastoise Surf
This is my submission for the Pokemon 20th Anniversary Tribute by GA-HQ!  :icongame-art-hq:

When I used to play Pokemon, Blastoise was the Pokemon I would always carry with me into battle from start to finish.  So when I discovered the HM, Surf, I made sure that Blastoise would be the first one to learn that move.  Aside from being able to transverse over lakes and oceans, Surf is a very powerful Water-type move that can almost crush Rock, Fire, or Ground Pokemon in an instant.
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Mystic-Forces
Ford Shipper
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Current Residence: Salisbury, MD
Favourite genre of music: soundtrack, jazz, & rock
Favourite style of art: superhero, fantasy, parody comics
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:icongaboris:
Gaboris Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Happy(late) Birthday from Hungary again!
Keep up the great work. :D
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TrueMadayar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
HAPPY BIIIRTHDAAAAY!
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antivenom907 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
happy birthday
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eagc7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
happy bday
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Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Happy Birthday :-)
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Yay! We're here, everypony!
:iconhappytsplz::iconsaysplz:Phew, that wasn't long. I told you we could easily make it on hoof!
:iconstyle1plz::iconsaysplz:Speak for yourself, Twi, you didn't have to carry this cake! It's heavy, you know!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Thank you for helping out, Dashie! I couldn't have settled for anything less, after all!
:iconfluttershy-plz::iconsaysplz:Hi... We're here to... wish you a happy birthday.
:iconpinkiepieplz::iconsaysplz:You said it! Happy birthday!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And what better way to say "happy birthday" than with a cake? :iconcakepinkplz:
:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
:iconderpyhappyplz::iconsaysplz:With a muffin! Yay! :iconmlpmuffinplz:
:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:What makes them meaningful are our wishes for you!
:iconpinkiesmile2plz::iconsaysplz:Exactly! And we wish for you to have a perfect birthday and a great year ahead of you!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't fear any challenges you might face! No matter how bad it may seem, have faith in yourself and keep on being awesome!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:And while at it, keep a level head and don't lose sight of what's important! Keep the magic of friendship alive in yourself!
:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
:iconspikethinkingplz::iconsaysplz:We hope that you'll find all you seek and be the best you can be!
:iconrarityjoyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget to respect yourself! You're the best at being you, so stay true to what you really are!
:iconflutterpweezeplz::iconsaysplz:And we hope that you'll be at peace with yourself, too... and that the year ahead will be peaceful for you.
:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
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Thunderhawk03 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake::party:
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy b-day.
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
 Thanks a lot for faving my "Tavern"!
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Hello!
What do you think about the Rogues Gallery concept?
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
No, but it would be nice to receive more clarity on what you were referring to so I can answer your question better.
 
I'm sorry for responding so bluntly before, but I'm still lost on what you meant by "Rogues Gallery concept."  Is someone doing concept art that I should be aware of?  Does it have to do with The Flash's Rogues such as from their continuing hit TV series?  Or are you referring the Batman's Rogues Gallery?
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
I mean 'when you think of Rogues Gallery as a concept'.
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Huh?  What exactly are you referring to?  Is this something to do with Flash or something?  Because I don't recall bring up anything recently regarding with the Rogues Gallery.
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
I was just wondering that is all.
Is asking a random question nicely a crime?
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AydinPrower7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015   General Artist
Happy Birthday!!! :iconpartycannonplz:
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:icongaboris:
Gaboris Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Happy Birthday from Hungary!
Keep up the great work. :D
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:iconthunderhawk03:
Thunderhawk03 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake::party:
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconisaypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Ahem...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:It's time to party!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
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TechTalkPony Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Happy Birthday! ᵔ.ᵔ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbbjA…
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Dyel75 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:party:::party:HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!:party::party::cake:
I Hope You Have a Very Nice Day!!:wave:
Best Wishes And Greetings From Brazil!!!:handshake:
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hacofo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday
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eagc7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
happy bday!
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Dekomaru Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday :D
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