The female red capped manakin is going to be the bird which the other birds are fighting over in my animation.
Now already the female manakin bird is the prize for whoever is able to woo them with an amazing display. We have the frigate birds singing, the Palm cockatoos drumming, the bird of paradises dancing and the African Crowned Cranes size and majesty. But shes looking for something a little closer to her. She is the prize to fight for, but who will be the one she decides to fall in love with?
So already I have a fair amount to work with since I'm technically doing two of the same bird, so some of the shapes I can derive from the male manakin bird, but this lil cutie should have her own little kinks as well. So to begin with it can already be seen in her color pallet that she has a prominent use of greens and yellows, almost like some sort of meadow, so taking that in mind I'm using things like moss and trees into account when designing her. Making her feel 'soft'…
The Red Capped Manakin is going to be the bird that not is the star of the show, but will steal the show as well.
Since this little guy is here to steal the show he needs to do something to really stand out, if anyone is cultured in the way of birds, it should seem very familiar. This tiny bird is known for being able to do the moonwalk, so I figured this little guy needs to really stand out in a sense that, he is simplistic but he has a little charm to him.
The main influences for our main character is going to be none other than Micheal Jackson himself, him being the one who came up with the moonwalk and the being such a potent icon, drawing inspiration from this legend is kind of a no brainer. Fire will be influence the fiery movement of our character and the cane dancer is meant to emphasis how interacting around an object can lead to such diverse ideas.
I loved designing this one and I personally think I got some really good designs out of this bird. My favorites being 3, 4, 5, 8 …