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16 April 2017 @ 05:55 pm
Easter Art  
Well my Easter went very well. Chris and I had a quiet one. We went out to the storage and got some good work done in there. Finally when you look in there you can really see walls and floor. Pretty soon I think we can swap stuff around between both units and put the stuff we're getting rid of in the big one. But it still won't be easy as there is big furniture to move even if it is only a few hundred feet away. Chris got me a cute Easter Basket with a Peeps bunny. A blue one as that's my fave. They didn't make the Peep chick or he would have gotten me that of course.

I got a chance to make some art today. I started an Easter Drawing but no way it can be done in time. So this will be late. Probably a few days late as I'm such a slow artist but here are all the elements.

This drawing will feature Scary Fear of course. I wanted it to be a scary Easter and to have something more frightening than a chicken. A terror bird came to mind but instead of drawing an extinct bird I decided to go with one of those lovely not well known living terror birds the Shoe Billed Stork. These birds are amazing with the big bill. They do look very scary with a mean look and probably can bite really hard. They love to eat freshwater eels. This is the closest thing you can get to a living terror bird today. And they can fly. So in my drawing this guy is going to be scaled up to add to the terror. He'll be about 10 feet tall. He's part of the background.

And this is the foreground. Scary Fear will be crouching in front of him and scaled down. He'll be holding a giant evil black egg. It's based on an emu egg so it will be greenish black and is spewing toxic yolk as it laughs. Notice a subtle detail. Fear's shoes. I toyed with the idea of having no shoes in this drawing so you could see his raven feet. Those aren't to scale it's just for me to get an idea if I like this or not. They are too thick and look more like raptor claws. If I do decide to go this route his feet will be the thinner feet of ravens. I like the left foot because it's upside down and curled up since he's sitting on it. But I will still ink this with his shoes. And originally the egg was going to be facing to the right. This way everyone's facing all three directions; left, right and center. But I felt it didn't look right. Not for this piece. The side view is great if that egg were looking at something else but it's not. So I think I will go with the forward view. I'm very excited about this drawing but this will probably be very late. I think this will take me a few days to ink and color.
actipton80actipton80 on April 16th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
I saw plush peep chicks earlier this season in the combo boxes that have the candy too. I think those get snapped up pretty fast because I haven't seen any at the stores this past week. I was in CVS, Publix, Walgreens, and Walmart. They all have mostly plush peep bunnies. I saw one at Walgreens that was bright 80's colors.

I think the Shoe billed stork is on Life of Birds, because I know I've seen one on a documentary. I think that was it. I think they look more like dinosaurs than just about any other bird I've seen.

Scary Fear looks so happy about his toxic eggs.

Edited at 2017-04-16 10:15 pm (UTC)
Des: Spring is here Chicksthagirion on April 16th, 2017 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think I saw the chick combo at Walmart once. I saw those 80s looking Peeps bunnies. They were great. I have quite the collection of plush peeps and bunnies in a box. I have one huge bunny that's cool from the 90s. I must pull it out one day.

I think it was on Life of Birds for a very short time. They are very dinosaur like. Funny enough I think the little cattle egrets are also dinosaur like because of how they move and hunt.

Oh yes. He's always happy to find new ways to scare people or make things scary.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on April 17th, 2017 09:55 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a nice, quiet Easter as did we. What a nice guy Chris is to give you that Easter basket.

Glad you got some work done on the storage, too. Do you have some things you can slip under the furniture to make it easier to move?

I really like your drawing of that Shoe Billed Stork. His beak would be really good for eel catching and I think it could hurt. I am hand-feeding a butcherbird sometimes as the moment (he sits on my window sill or even dish drainer) and sometimes he hurts my finger with the little hook on the end of his beak. Usually he is quite gentle though.

I love the Emu egg touch to your Scary Fear drawing, too.
Desthagirion on April 17th, 2017 11:43 am (UTC)
Yes it was very nice.

That won't work because we have to move them long distances from one unit to another down a road.

Shoe bills are so neat. I am fascinated by them. Oh that's cool. I dealt with a butcher bird years ago and know how their beaks can hurt.

Glad you like the egg idea for Scary Fear.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 18th, 2017 10:25 am (UTC)
How will you move them, then? I can't imagine your back standing up to too much. I guess you still need to sell a lot of this? Good luck on that score, although it could add to your deposit if you can find a way to sell it.

Forgot to say, I have never seen a shoe bill although we have spoonbills here, which are quite another thing, as you would know.

Ah, so you've had something to do with butcher birds?? Do you have them over there They are so cute and intelligent. Although I didn't like seeing one hunt another bird years ago on the farm where I used to work for one year.
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Desthagirion on April 17th, 2017 03:15 pm (UTC)
I love these birds. Wish I could own one. That would be awesome. Yes it's too bad the real terror birds are gone but these are pretty close. Thanks. I can't wait to start on this one it will be a fun one to make.
Well he's still a living cell so his feet squish into his shoes. They are bigger than the shoes. Only the claws are hard. I'm sure they could rip out the front of his shoes if he wanted to.
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Desthagirion on April 17th, 2017 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yes it was very sweet of him to get me an Easter basket. I'm glad you like them. They are such amazing bird. I found that clip too on youtube about the baby. I want to see the whole documentary now. Attenborough's stuff is the best. I'm glad you like Scary Fear's raven feet. This will be a fun drawing and a neat new concept to work with for Scary Fear.
gamma_wings on April 17th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
I recognized the sketch as a shoebill right away, it's actually one of those birds I learned about early on enough since my first bird books had it. I do enjoy how happy he looks and I love those wings. Very nice sketch of Fear too, I love the pose and how he's holding the egg. I think my fave part is his wings. This will make for a badass Easter drawing.
Desthagirion on April 17th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. I'm glad to hear that because that means I drew him right. I've known about them for years too but most people don't even other bird enthusiasts for some reason. Thanks glad you like his wings. I had to look at a lot of refs to get them right. I'm glad you like Fear too. I'm having fun working with him in different poses. Fear's wings are the best part about him. Thanks. I hope I can start to work on it.
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Desthagirion on April 18th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. These are all elements for one drawing. They are such neat birds. I would love to see one in person some day. I just want to pet them hehe.
Thank you. He'll be neat once he's colored up.
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Desthagirion on April 18th, 2017 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wanted an expression that would look imposing. This one is a male. He's definitely confident. Just like Fear is. But most things that cause fright are. I've started inking him. I hope it won't take too long then I can start to ink Fear.
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Desthagirion on April 19th, 2017 11:11 am (UTC)
I loved these birds the moment I saw one. I think I found out about them back in the 90s. Thanks. Wanted him to look imposing. I'm glad Fear is still as creepy as ever. The egg will help add to the scene.