April 21, 2008
143: The Early Bird
Drawn for Illustration Friday's current theme of primitive, my immediate thoughts revolved around a struggle between a Stone Age robin and a mammoth-tusked earthworm (to also represent my vision of "the early bird"). But, the worm never evolved to my liking, and I could not come up with a robin that didn't look like some voracious bird of prey. So, because I had other things to do – spring cleaning in the yard, cutting pages for the next HOWieZine, watch the playoff hockey and what-not – I scaled my efforts back and focused more on a simple portrait of what the Early Bird may have looked like. This chap represents a missing link of sorts, that awkward stage of evolution between Archaeopteryx and the modern, backyard worm-hunter.
You can click here for a better look at some of the line-work.