A generalized maniraptor with male Andean cock-of-the-rock plumage. I did not research maniraptor anatomy exhaustively, but I did try to keep the gist correct (clappers not slappers, approximate ratios of body parts, etc.). Please do not take this to be in any way a scientifically accurate reconstruction, is my point—I wanted to paint a maniraptor with a poofy face.
This is the most recent post from a little side project I am working on to 1) improve my digital painting skills/speed 2) exercise a little creativity and 3) keep me sane when I am not at work. The great majority of the Birdbeasts are not scientific in any way shape or form, but if there happens to be some overlap in my followers between people who like birds and people who like fantasy stuff, this blog may be of interest: www.dailybirdbeast.tumblr.com. Feel free, if you are interested, to submit asks with birds you would like to see beasted! :)
Hello, new followers! Gosh, there are a lot of you…
Thanks so much for your interest in my Extinct Aviary! I am so honored that so many people are interested, and the prospect of getting to work on it again is wonderful!
A lot has happened since I finished the first six spreads, but possibly the most exciting this is this: I have been accepted as a Masters student with William and Mary’s Biology program!! I will be working with Dr. John Swaddle and Dr. Dan Cristol, both with long histories of conservation research. Their primary research model is the zebra finch, so in celebration, here is a decidedly un-scientific digital painting of an extremely excited zebra finch.
Thank you all for joining me on my adventure!
Took a break from digital painting today to work on some creature silhouettes! Creature design is by far my favorite aspect of any game or animation I experience—I can’t wait to get my critter designs into a game. :) Expect to see a few of these guys worked up soon!
(If anyone wants to see a particular silhouette worked up let me know!)
Most of my recent artsy activity has been focused over here of late—I will have a scientific-minded illustration ready for you soon, but in the meantime if you are interested in creature design, please check out my concept blog! :)
These fellas, as you may recall from an earlier post of mine, are Stephens Island Wrens, the only known flightless passerine—and unfortunately extinct. Pretty happy with progress on this one too, so far—which is good, because these lovelies inspired me to do this whole thing in the first place. :) More Gouache! The empty space will eventually have type in it.