bird ref

Avian Art Refs

I frequently see my posts reblogged with the tag #art ref so I just wanted to quickly make this post to say that if you’re looking for bird reference images I have a load of tags for specific activities, body parts, and angles which may make looking for refs a bit easier for some of you!

Body Language:

aggression - aggressive body language, videos, etc.

comfort  /  happy - comfortable body language

fear - fearful body language

Body Parts:

beak - closeups, weird positions, screaming, yawning, climbing etc.

cere - their nose, nosehairs

eye - visible eye colour, eye closeups, eyelashes

feathers - moulted feathers, feather closeups

feet   /    foot   -  feet closeups, preening feet, perching, flying etc.

fluffenchops - those puffy feathers on either side of the beak

rectrices - tail feathers, moulted feathers closeups

remiges - wing flight feathers, moulted feathers, closeups

rump - the spot right above their tail, closeups, etc.

tongue - open beaks showing tongues, tongue closeups

wing   /   wings   -  wing closeups, in weird positions, closed, part open, etc.


bathing - bathing in tubs, this also has other categories

  • bathing video - footage of them bathing
  • wet - after bathing, wet feathers, funny feather-dos

beak grinding - videos and pictures, behaviour happens when they’re sleepy

climbing - usually in motion, reaching, stretching a leg out, etc.

eating - seeds, fruits, beak closeups, etc.

flying - birds flying in all angles/ positions, this breaks up in to several other categories:

  • front view - flying at the camera/ front of the body is visible
  • back view - flying away from camera/ back is visible
  • side view - mostly the side of the bird is visible
  • flying video - if you’re looking for the mechanics of flight this might help (although they are SUPER speedy)

foraging - solving puzzles, sticking their heads in containers

hanging - by their beaks, feet, one leg, etc.

playing - grabbing objects, climbing, etc.

preening - cleaning their feathers, feet, and one another, sometimes close-up

sleeping - head tucked, closed eyes, videos, etc.

stretching - leg and wing stretches

yawning - open beaks, yawning

I think that’s all of them, and of course if there’s ever an image you need that you just can’t find feel free to ask, odds are that I either have that image somewhere or I can easily snap a new one for you! 

Anyways I hope this helps someone, have a blast and art-away!

anonymous asked:

Three things. 1) Your lineart is so smooth and clean that it actually makes me wanna cry. 2) I am IN LOVE with your art style in general. Like, whenever anxiety hits me I'll just look at your art and I'll slowly calm down. 3) Do yoy have a tutorial on wing anatomy? I'm having trouble on making Michael's wings for a sketch. That is all. Sorry if I was creepy. I'll stop now. Bye!

Thank you for all the sweet compliments! If you’re ever feeling low you can also talk to me.

I don’t really do tutorials at all but I will give you these quick sketches

Okay so above is just a simple example of how I would quick draw wings if the viewer is looking from behind, below is if its a front image and the wings are open.

Below here is how I would quickly sketch closed wings from behind and its the same way from the front but most of the wings are hidden by the character. I draw two lung-shapes on the back, then two bigger slightly above, then again and then i keep adding them, becoming bigger, thinner or longer where needed until Im happy. This is just for the shape though, I tend to add the detailed feathers after.

If the image Im drawing is at an odd angle I look for parrot photographs (usually stock photos) and I use their wings as a reference.

rinse the blood off my space toga

“Can I see? Wait, there’s no shafts? it just.. grows in two colours?”
“Er. Not exactly.”
“The other humans’ plumage isn’t near this bright. Are you a born leader?”
“HAH. no.”
“It signifies caste, then? Or a mating display?!”
“Not even close. I went out and paid an artisan to apply a harsh chemical to rip out my natural colouration, then apply this artificial one.”
“That sounds.. unpleasant.”
“Yeah it burned like a <<dog?>>, my scalp was tender for days after.”
“If it doesn’t create any advantages, what’s the point?”
“Ah, it just looks <<rutting>> <<cold>>. What other reason do we need?”
“..humans are weird. .. .. .. do you think it would work on feathers?”

quinnred  asked:

A crab that has evolved to be like a bird.

Another Mimic, Sorry @Quinnred !

Much in the same vein as mimic dragons, other brees learned how to mimic predetors just as dangerous. Bird-catchers are rainforest based canopy crabs, that hide in fiolage and attrack colorful, giant birds, specifically mimicing the Giant Toucan Breeds. In addition, they’re vastly large claw proves sufficient in defending and attacking prey/predators.

It is believed to be a sub-ancenstor of the yeti crab, allowing it to mimic feathery plumage


[The first Latios just continues to eye you and not say a word, but the more avian of the two seems more apt to talk.]

Bird: Hey there! You must have been wandering in the mountains for a while if you’ve found us. I’m Bird, quiet guy’s Jet. Doesn’t talk much, but he’s good company. You’re free to rest up a bit here, and we can fly you back to town if you’d like.

[Jet and Bird are open for asks!!]

*inhales deeply*
So what if there were Kiwi Ritos.

new oc wh o o ps. for the first time in forever i make a Zelda OC hahahhhhh.
Eder has very low conifdence in himself. He can’t fly. He has weak/thin arms. He was bullied as a kid and used to be called ‘the ugly duckling’. His favorite color is navy/blue. Eder wishes he could fly but unfortunately….he’s afraid of heights. His archery skills are not the best either…

This isn’t my Gaster design but I can’t remember who’s it is for the life of me. If anyone knows could you please tell me so I can give them proper credit?

cosmic-absentia  asked:

Hey there! First of all, I love your art and seeing your creations always brighten my day. Keep up the great work! Second, I've been trying to draw harpies and I keep messing up on wing anatomy, like how wings fold or how they appear when they're semi-folded. I can't figure out where all the feathers go. Do you have any pointers?

Thanks so much! I had been meaning to answer this ask visually when I wasn’t half asleep or buried under work, but I felt bad for delaying so long. So I hope a quick sleepy tablet scribble will suffice:

Yeah, getting those feathers to face the correct way is important, as well as knowing the outer portion of the wing folds under when not in use.

Aside from that, hoard reference photos! All of them! Draw from them as often as you can, I’d recommend drawing from photos of white “clean feathered” birds like waterfowl or gulls, terns etc. for a start, since their feathers are more hard edged and it’s easier to see what’s actually going on. Owls are… yeah. Hard. Don’t start there, start with swan wings! Much better.

I wouldn’t take art of folded wings as gospel (I mean, there are some disturbingly cringe-worthy “tutorials” for them out there) and instead use anatomical drawings and photos as your guide, they will start you out on the right path!


all the things I’ve tried to do today instead of drawing what I should be drawing

headcanon that birds are mel’s favorite animal.


So… It has finally come to this… My first anthro oc.

She’s a bird/reptile-alien…person…? Anyways her name is Peg. She’s the main character of a comic I am not able to start in a long time since I have my other comic unfinished atm and it will take a few years to finish that one so.. Yeah. But nothing stops me from planning and designing stuff in the meantime!

( Also don’t worry, she won’t walk around naked, I just haven’t designed her clothes yet. And also this was a ref for her body and skin markings.)