Happy Results Day! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and ordered from the shop during my Birthday promotion. There are only a few Halloween Blob cards left in stock so drop me a line if you'd like them for yourself!
This week's character designs include a couple elephants, a couple of birds and some wondering about what sharks might like to do if they could lounge on land. Eek! Tacked to the very end is a bit of research for my quick color study. Enjoy!
The character that stood out the most to me was my part anteater/part something else animal. His breed was completely unfamiliar and begged for more explanation. Since I really liked the "fur" aspect of my guy, I wanted to play it up! I strayed from my anteater concept and leaned a little more towards the bird family, specifically - furry birds. Did any even exist? I discovered the North Island Brown Kiwi from New Zealand.
Having never heard of this bird nor ventured to New Zealand, I was instantly on a nice departure from my usual cast of characters.
After some research and understanding the basic behavior and needs of this unusual bird, I drew some inspiration. My creature is not 100% kiwi, mostly because of the huge bill he has, the unfurry head and his giant ears. But, he is nocturnal, like the kiwi. This detail set my time of day up. He has another half with him (kiwi's live in pairs and form everlasting bonds). He lives in a grassland area and he has a nostril on his beak, unlike any other bird in the world (except the actual kiwi ofcourse!).
Meet furry bird and friend!
I hope you enjoyed my little escape to New Zealand and found some awe in the Kiwi as well.