Artslam - Adecia Days 36 & 37

Whenever I see herons flying by overhead I always am struck with how much they could resemble dragons in flight. The way they hold their necks is really cool and seeing their legs just sticking straight back is kind of funny to me. I based the poses here on pictures of herons in flight, of course.


Artslam - Day 27African Crowned Eagle as well- I wanted to some more crested raptors but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ve hardly been home during the day at all lately!

Artslam - Day 27

African Crowned Eagle as well- I wanted to some more crested raptors but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ve hardly been home during the day at all lately!


Artslam - Days 24-26

Just some secretary bird studies- I wanted to get a closer look at how their distinctive head feathers work. 


Artslam - Adecia Day 19

More Harpy Eagle studies- I have a bunch more in the folder I could draw from but this was all I had time for that day. But I’m interested in looking at other birds with various feather types existing up against one another, and especially birds with crests and things.


Artslam - Adecia Days 17 and 18

BIRD FEETS. The first two pages are ostriches, then I move over to emus, and on to hawks- the last page is the Harpy Eagle, who has the most amazingly meaty bird-fists. I did these to look both at bird feet which are designed to run, and bird feet which are designed to grab prey. Since, ideally, I’d like my dragons to be able to do both to some extent. Birds are one of the things I’ve always drawn the most, but I still always benefit from boning up on things a bit with some studies. I kind of want to draw some more Harpy Eagles in general- with their huge bulk and expressive head feathers, it seems like a great basis for some dragon body language.


Artslam - Adecia Day 6
I dorked around playing Flight Rising for a few hours this evening instead of being productive, so I don’t have much of a write up for today, though I do have plenty more to get around to explaining when I get the chance. Still figuring out what tomorrow’s focus will be.
At any rate, messy marker dragons! I think these ones are pushing right up against being too gryphon-y rather than dragon-like, though at this point I’m mostly just messing around with extreme variants in designs in an effort to come up with ideas for possible different breeds. Also playing around with ideas for how much of the body should be covered in feathers, and how scaling or bare skin in places without feathers should look. So none of these are official designs, or whatever- just experiments!

Artslam - Adecia Day 6

I dorked around playing Flight Rising for a few hours this evening instead of being productive, so I don’t have much of a write up for today, though I do have plenty more to get around to explaining when I get the chance. Still figuring out what tomorrow’s focus will be.

At any rate, messy marker dragons! I think these ones are pushing right up against being too gryphon-y rather than dragon-like, though at this point I’m mostly just messing around with extreme variants in designs in an effort to come up with ideas for possible different breeds. Also playing around with ideas for how much of the body should be covered in feathers, and how scaling or bare skin in places without feathers should look. So none of these are official designs, or whatever- just experiments!


One of these badasses showed up on my dash the other day and I knew I had to draw some.So I accidentally stayed up until 3am last night doing so.

One of these badasses showed up on my dash the other day and I knew I had to draw some.

So I accidentally stayed up until 3am last night doing so.

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Bearded Vultures… more like beaded badass dragon birds eh. I get excited every time they grace my dash.

Bearded Vultures… more like beaded badass dragon birds eh. I get excited every time they grace my dash.



Forgot to post this when it arrived! A magpie skull. The seller was in China and it came with a little note- two characters on a slip of paper. I assume it either says ‘thank you’ or ‘magpie’.Anyway, the jaw on this one does open, but it is very delicate so I don’t want to mess with that too much. Loving drawing it so far, though. I’m super happy to have a corvid to study! <3

Forgot to post this when it arrived! A magpie skull. The seller was in China and it came with a little note- two characters on a slip of paper. I assume it either says ‘thank you’ or ‘magpie’.

Anyway, the jaw on this one does open, but it is very delicate so I don’t want to mess with that too much. Loving drawing it so far, though. I’m super happy to have a corvid to study! <3

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Back home, I have a black-capped caique who hates me for going away to college&#8230; I&#8217;ll be trying to win her affections back after I graduate. But yeah, as I was drawing this I realized that I apparently have her &#8216;screaming for attention&#8217; pose memorized.

Back home, I have a black-capped caique who hates me for going away to college… I’ll be trying to win her affections back after I graduate. But yeah, as I was drawing this I realized that I apparently have her ‘screaming for attention’ pose memorized.

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Blue-naped Chlorophonia I finished painting today- just a little 4&#8221; x 6&#8221;. An experiment in acrylic mediums again. He&#8217;s a little unrefined, but time to move on, I think!

Blue-naped Chlorophonia I finished painting today- just a little 4” x 6”. An experiment in acrylic mediums again. He’s a little unrefined, but time to move on, I think!


I just finished this yesterday! Not the greatest scan (I have to fit it sideways in the scanner- so the light picks up on the sides, rather than from the top like it would in person&#8230;), but I&#8217;ve tried to bring the clarity out a little in Photoshop.I think I actually had this one better earlier, but lost what I was doing with the feathers when I went back in to push and pull the light some, and was just going in circles trying to get it back. I think I still have a lot to learn about rendering feathers&#8230; I might look through my own photos to see if I have any good enough to just do a study from for practice. 

I just finished this yesterday! Not the greatest scan (I have to fit it sideways in the scanner- so the light picks up on the sides, rather than from the top like it would in person…), but I’ve tried to bring the clarity out a little in Photoshop.

I think I actually had this one better earlier, but lost what I was doing with the feathers when I went back in to push and pull the light some, and was just going in circles trying to get it back. I think I still have a lot to learn about rendering feathers… I might look through my own photos to see if I have any good enough to just do a study from for practice. 

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Still coming along on this- hoping to get it finished today but we shall see! 

Still coming along on this- hoping to get it finished today but we shall see! 

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