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3rd Year: Minor Project, Post Crit Self-Review

So after my Crit I've revived feedback for what I now need to do for my project. So far what I've done is this.
I have done a lot of research into the birds I need to focus on, the original birds were a Red Capped Manakin Bird (Both Male and Female), Palm Cockatoo, Bird of Paradise, African Crowned Crane and a Frigate Bird.
I have re-worked the way I post so I have more consistency in the amount I post, so I don't just vanish for a month, the decide to upload everything on here at once. So having a steady stream of content to come out is quite key.

I've really upped my drawing game, as to be expected and can be seen, I have always really struggled with drawing and designing. But I've really done some homework and now I find drawing a lot easier.
What I haven't really done is focus in my core artstyle, so the main criticism is that my characters look very quirky and fun! But they lean more towards a Jim Henson Style.
This is problematic because, whilst these de…

3rd Year: Minor Project, Male Red Capped Manakin, The Star of the Show

3rd Year: Minor Project; Female Red Capped Manakin, The Girl

3rd Year: Minor Project, African Crowned Crane, The Majestic

3rd Year: Minor Project, Interm-Crit Presentation

3rd Year: Minor Project, Palm Cockatoo, The Drummer

3rd Year: Minor Project, Frigate Bird, The Singer

3rd Year: Minor Project, Bird of Paradise, The Dancer

3rd Year: Minor Project, Female Red Capped Manakin

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'…

3rd Year: Minor Project, The Red Capped Manakin

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 …