April 21, 2008

143: The Early Bird

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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.

10 comments:

andrea said...

Very clever illustration. Me like. And hockey playoff? Not out here. Our season is so over.

Emily said...

hihi... fun spin on the topic! and great linework.

Jeope said...

Thanks, the two of you.

indigene said...

Wonderful work and imagery! I like your sense of humor, too!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

Josh (musarter) said...

Awesome primitive bird. What a great character.

rbaird said...

That is one cool prehistoric bird!

neil said...

Hi Jeope

A great play on words well illustrated. Pity about the worm. Excellent throughout!

cat said...

Interesting take on an old line. Made me smile (and I like to smile).

Jeope said...

Hey, Cat! Thanks!

sketched out said...

This guy is fantastic! The drawing if great and your handling of the color is mesmerizing.

Also, thanks for commenting on my cow on the SFG blog. I appreciate the comment and it directed me to your blog. I really love your stuff!