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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:51 AM

Nerdy Bird
Exploring Vantage Points

Creativity can be associated with the nature of birds -- very capricious, observant, exploratory, and able to fly free and far in every direction. Imagine that you’ve gathered your tools and your focus is sharp. From a bird’s-eye view, you are ready to jump into your project knowing you have what you will need to succeed.  

This concept has really intrigued me for a while, and I have drawn a few iterations. At first, I was inspired to make a coy bird with a nest that was formed with letters. The interlocking shapes of "Wildstyle" letters (an intricate form of graffiti) often reminds me of weaving or nest building. I began building this piece by stacking different drawings and a photo of a neighborhood power plant with a limited palette.

This bird was a bit too simple, so I pushed the complexity and the narrative of the character by adding fun words into the composition.

It’s fun to write into a drawing. It can often add feelings and meaning to the visual story that are not being portrayed by the line work alone. And, sometimes, like in this case, it’s just silly.

More little bird brains. This was more the feeling I was going for in anatomy, but it was still too disconnected. Even with the cartoonish face he is too serious. More drawings followed. 

Making the nest in script lettering was on my mind, where the bars and accents of the letters really did interweave to make a nest of meaning. 

This work, written with a delicate brush pen, was fitting for "Animal Style,” so I used this phrase to explore the concept. It does resemble a nest of letters that could hold a bird’s little body, even though there isn't much depth portrayed in the solid black monochromatic lines. 

This piece really struck a chord with my creativity. I really went to town drawing in the composition with illustrator blue first before going in with tight line work. The letters were still giving me grief, so I searched around for other inspiration.

I took some photos of a scruffy-looking urban flying rat and a plane making a landing at the local airport. Look for inspiration everywhere.

It’s really helpful to make models of the actual things you’re drawing so you can really see how the light hits them and how they look in context.

Yo, duck! Smile!

Getting these photos is just what I needed to inspire me to draw this next iteration for an interview about the drawing tool called muro Redraw

We fell in love with this piece, and after some hours rebuilding, using a minimal amount of color for silkscreening on clothing, it was finished. Super fun and nerdy!

This is the info that accompanies a piece when I send it to be printed.

We sent it off, and a while later we received the finished garment. It looks even better in context. The model seems to like it as well, as he looks through a stack of fun drawings. 

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the flight!

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HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Photographer
Dat bird. :la:
Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
That's it. *throws money at the screen* It's got a bird, and it's about art. I'm sold.
Glanzfell Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wroaw, I want it ;D Its a Nird named Berd :D <33 Love it =D
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome ! :clap:
Thanks a lot !
Follyfoot Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Is that a pigeon or a chicken? It's concerning me that I really don't know right now... :O
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a pigickeon!
Follyfoot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Knew it had to happen someday. :p
Xyloverflow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this shirt so much :love: hopefully I can get it soon :D
Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bird and art! I can't believe my eyes - I have to get it!!! :love:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This shirt belongs on me :lol:
veronicle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
could you check out my teeshirt design plzz ^3^ [link]
AnyLuck Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I was looking forward to seeing the process for this, and it did not disappoint. The final design is really fun itself, but the article made me smile madly. From your drawing inspiration from what is probably the most disturbing-looking pigeon I have ever seen (and a plane!) to the rubberducky (on what I see is actually a pretty complex structure of drawing implements), it's all great. :D

I really enjoy reading these articles; thank you for them.
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome that this is a catalyst for a smile! You are right, the pigeon is pretty scruffy. Inspiration will strike in crazy places, so you have to keep your eyes out. I am happy you are enjoying the process journals, there are many more to come.
deviantWEAR Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I agree. My favorite part in this one is the way you set up the model nest! The pictures add a lot of great detail too. Thanks, Forest (aka $draweverywhere) for this!
Solitae Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another great story of one fun picture. I like it! So many styles @_@
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
:heart: love!
Arichy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg so cool! Want!
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