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Andean Condor Shaman by JWiesner Andean Condor Shaman by JWiesner
Andean condors are very endangered. Their wild population are critically imperilled, believed to be only approximately 60 to maximum 200 remaining. They're a whole lot more rare than wolves (I love wolves, just saying). I think these majestic birds don't get much popularity points due to their looks, but I personally see so much more in these giant caring monogamous creatures, which can get about 50 years old (with the oldest known being 72), and have voices like gods. No eagle sound or something that'd make you think it's a bird at all, just a voice of their own from deep, deep within.

What makes the progress of becoming extinct more quickly for them, is probably the fact that one Andean condor couple has only one baby per year (kinda like emperor penguins). So if something happens to either the mother or the father, the kid will have less chances to survive. Not to mention what happens if both parents will not be able to return to their nest.

Illegal shooting, habitat loss and disturbance, poisoning from eating lead shot in carcasses, and consumption of poison placed for mammalian predators are all contributing to their decline.

There's a LOT more other unseen animals dying out behind everyone's back, the Andean condor is only one example. I am proud to pay my attention to those with my oh so ugly art. :]

But I love them. In my opinion, they're often so much cooler than like, peacocks or stallions, bears, deer, hippos, and other popular animals which males may look pretty and impressive but often give a shit about their females or the kids after the sex, and go hump or rape other females at random. Or even kill their babies to do so. I mean, it works out in nature, and I honestly don't wish them any harm for being who they are, but they're not my personal favorites.

Just explaining why I often draw the ugly creatures, no offence towards anyone who draws pretty things. The important thing is that you draw what's fun for you, right? c:
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A DAILY DEVIATION! Wow, I don't know what to say.. I think almost every member here dreams about getting a Daily Deviation but I never thought this would actually happen to me. And a DD on this one picture. This picture and animal has a deeper meaning for me than I explained in my comment, actually. It's a very personal artwork.
Thank youu! ;_;
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Andean Condor Shaman by *GloomyUnderwoods. I love the unusual illustrative style here, and the thought that has clearly been put into this creation. ( Suggested by Jace-Z and Featured by Pixel-Spotlight )
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TrashGroove Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hes awesome <3
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Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love this :)
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Art-chan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it. I always believe condors have something mystical. In my country you can go to Caņon del Colca, Arequipa, Peru where you can see his majestic flight (if you are lucky) I have only seen it in videos (I hope I go there someday) :)
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
It really depends on cultures what people see in animals, I noticed.
For example, I read that in Tibet there's an old tribe of people that don't bury their dead but let the vultures eat their bodies so their souls can raise up to the sky with them. :o I find that belief kind of beautiful.

I would LOVE to see wild condors but they're getting so rare. ;_;
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Art-chan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true I also read somewhere about that, here in Peru in the jungle there is a slightly alcoholic beverage made by fermenting chewed yuca with saliva that is called masato and if you don't drink it when you the visit the native communities they would take it as an offense.

These are some pictures of caņon del colca's canyon and the condors :P [link] [link]
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Bari1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ugly or not, andean condors are mighty. And this piece is both might and beautiful. Great work.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Aw, thank you! :)
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
I have looked at this piece a lot but still have yet to comment which I am sad about because it is so gorgeous. First of all, I really love condors, they are one of the most fun birds I have met. The way they move around all hunched up is so cute but they also have a certain beauty about them which I think you captured very well. I love the way you did the mysterious face, it is so magical and the realistic touches are great too. The markings also over the body are an excellent touch and I love the egg he is holding. I love all the details in this piece too like the beautiful floating, glowing feathers. The tones in the picture are wonderful and give the feeling of a warm evening in a mysterious land far away.:blackrose:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Aw wow, your comments are always so wonderful. I'm very thankful to get them. <33

I love condors for about the same reason. They may walk around hunched and wrinkly but I think it makes them so fun in a way. I also love that they're monogamous, they remind me of these old loyal couples which I see on humans only rarely.
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Voldy-pet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Aw, toll gezeichnet. Tolle Farben, regt meine Fantasie an, lalala....
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Danke!
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IncubusRhapsodos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are very beautiful birds. I tend to look at 'ugly' animals and see the beauty of the beast, if you catch my drift.
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KuraiTheWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah.
That just is too awesome.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thank you!
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Sylphxpression Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
This seems.... Familiar.... :paranoid:
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MikaShennon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is really good, poor Andean Condors D:
Curiousity's sake, why is he using an egg?
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I wanted a pose that shows he's protecting his egg. ^^;
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MikaShennon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, I thought cuz of the shaman part he was using it for something. It's very good ^^
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Oh! Ha, I didn't think of that. My bad. xD
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
There's a lot of stuff in here...that sounds really general, but I'm trying to say that I get it. Nice work. :)
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Thank you!
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cyang908 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow, i never heard of them! they're pretty mysterious, *must keep one from poachers! or two.*
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Takki-Says Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous. :+fav:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Thanks a lot! C:
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Takki-Says Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :]
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Davidious Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Beautiful piece of artwork.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thank you!
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BlizzardLynn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! and i really love the message behind it!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Thanks a lot! :)
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BlizzardLynn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Beautiful job on this. It's very original. I wouldn't try to make an omlette out of his egg.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Haha. Thank you! :D
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aspired2inspire Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
That's really cool! :la: And I think reading the description has given me a newly found respect for Andean condors and animals like them. I suppose beauty isn't everything. ^^
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks a lot! C:
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meihua Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
This looks wonderful!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Thank you! :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic job with all the details and the color choices. The glowing eyes are pretty neat as well. :D
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Thanks a lot! :)
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JayelDraco Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Your work is beautiful!
I don't think there's anything ugly about them.
However, I do understand what you mean.

I think it's terrific that you are using your brilliant talent to bring attention
to something that you feel is a worthy cause. In this case,
the plight of the Andean Condor.

Please do keep rockin!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Aw, thank youu! <3
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JayelDraco Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome!
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SilverNight1996 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I love the glowyness and the colours. Awesome job!:D
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Thank you! :)
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SilverNight1996 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Student General Artist
No problems!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning and well done. I'm so glad you paid such careful attention to an animal that usually doesn't get much attention or appreciation--I adore birds of all kinds, and I have a soft spot for vultures and condors. Reviled they may be, but they're highly intelligent, social, monogamous animals that perform a necessary task. I love that you've treated this subject with such respect. :)
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thank you! I love vultures and condors. c:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, me tooo. :heart::heart::heart: They don't get nearly enough love!
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