Thursday, March 15, 2007

Horrible Science - Barmy Birds

I've been working on the Horrible Science magazine for a little while now, doing spot illustrations that are meant to be close to the style of the art in the original books. Here's some spots of some birds and examples of their weird behaviour. One of the best things about working on the Horrible Science (and previously Horrible Histories) magazine is that you have to draw all sorts of stuff that you would probably never normally draw. Being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing, even if the end result isn't as great as you'd like it to be at least you've learned something. I might never have drawn anything as brilliantly named as the Blue-footed Booby.

Blackcocks & Hawfinches

Dancing Cranes

Blue Bird Of Paradise



Blue-Footed Booby



Dave Shelton said...

Is it the blue-footed booby that's really rubbish at landings?

Faz Choudhury said...

I can't remember any of the information that I was provided with or what appeared in the magazine so I resorted to Wikipedia and yes, I think you're right, I think the whole idea of land and landing doesn't suit the booby - Extract from Wikipedia follows:

The name “booby” comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means "stupid fellow". This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on the land, and like other seabirds can be very tame. It has been known to alight on boats, where it was once captured and eaten.

Silly booby.

Dave Shelton said...

Yes, boobies are silly and funny-looking and yet still we love them so...

Dave Shelton said...

I do apologise.

Firebird said...

And now you know why their caled RIFLEBIRDS they use their loud call to deture predators

Robert Yates said...

I love these. They're brilliant!

Wildbird said...

Mr Bluebird of Paradise prefers to do his thing hanging upside down by his feet from a tree branch