I won’t disagree with that xD But I am going to chalk it up to being completely unconscious, because while I love, love Howl (favourite movie, actually), I didn’t even realize the similarity until the most recent picture.
Even after deliberately looking for screen shots OF Howl because half-transformed-bird-face reference.
Not until my husband went “Do you really like this character because he reminds you of Howl?”, did I realize it lol. WHOOPS. NO REGRETS. All his design choices were taken from Arakkoa and the whole ravens thing and his hairstyle was because I tried to choose the most feathery one available.