Blackbird

blkb_001.jpg A rough sketch of Blackbird.  I need to practice her a bit more.   Oh, this is based on a drawing of Blackbird that I got off the Web.  The signature looks like 'Gratin'.
Update: 6/12/1999: I got an e-mail from the artist.  The signature is actually 'Gryphon'. :D  I can make it out, now that I know what it's supposed to be, but it still looks like 'Gratin' to me. :D
blkb_002.jpg blkb_003.jpg I've spent a good part of the week trying to figure out how to draw Blackbird.  Here are some of my efforts to work out in my head what the character should look like.
blkb_004.jpg blkb_005.jpg Birds are tough.  Beaks are tough, wings are tough, and I've had trouble working out the shape of the head and the eyes.
blkb_006.jpg blkb_007.jpg Starting to come together here.  Not a bad figure for a bird, huh? ;D
blkb_008.jpg Ah! With this sketch, things finally started to click.  I must confess that the arm-wing design borrows heavily from drawings I saw by Shawntae Howard. (If you're going to copy, copy the best. :D )
blkb_009.jpg blkb_010.jpg I still think the head has kind of a 'bald' look.  Attempts to hang gratuitous 'hair' on it just don't work though.  Hmm... I'll have to keep thinking about that.  Still not satisfied with these eyes, either.
blkb_011.jpg blkb_012.jpg I think these are my favorites so far, particularly the one on the left.  I like the pose, the wings, the feet.  I'm even fairly happy with the eyes. :D
blkb_013.jpg I don't like this quite as much as the previous two.  It's an attempt at an action pose, but I think it lacks the 'class' of the standing poses.
blkb_016.jpg blkb_017.jpg blkb_018.jpg Some more sketches of Blackbird of FurryMUCK.  Trying out a few pose ideas, and even a couple of costumes. (Although she looks best in her feathers. :) )
blkb_019.jpg blkb_020.jpg blkb_021.jpg More Blackbird sketches.  It had been a while since I drew her, so I had to figure out the beak all over again.  Definitely a bit too pigeon-like in the middle drawing.
blkb_022.jpg blkb_023.jpg A couple more Blackbird Sketches.  She seems to be enjoying a nice, relaxing evening in the one on the right. :)
salt001.jpg salt003.jpg A couple of warm up sketches for a piccie of Oliver sprinkling salt on Blackbird's tail. :D  I still have a ways to go on working out the layout of this scene, but I like the way it's shaping up. :)

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