Here are some photos of the Hoopoe, Israel’s national bird, for Dinokkah!
Some fun facts about the Hoopoe (I can’t write a full factfile, don’t worry, that’ll come on October 28, 2021):
- Hoopoe, Upupa, and epops, three names for this bird, are named for the cry it makes! - Hoopoes are monogamous, though the pair bond only last for a single season - Incubating/brooding females produce a foul smelling liquid, as do the nestlings. It is rubbed into the plumage and smells like rotten meat, which deters predators. - The birds will often fight each other, and often stab each other with their long bills. This can even blind rivals. - Hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting up their heads! - They enjoy taking dust and sand baths
So the Hoopoe is a really cool bird, and a great one to be the national bird of Israel! Happy Chanukah!
Gosh, been a while since I’ve posted Art art here, eh? To celebrate finally having my hands on a screen which displays trustworthy colors, SOME BIRBS.
These are based on my doodles for Inktober, which themselves are based on Farid Ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds, a long allegorical epic poem about birds getting over their stupid problems so they can go meet the bird king.
I might do some second passes on some of the other birds I drew (so many birds) but I’m pretty happy with these four.
Here he is, finally, in all of his feathery Hoopoe glory! I had quite a bit of fun working on him, which is why it’s surprising he took as long as he did.
Desert x Grasslander hybrid, belonging to @shikanome!
Winsor and Newton watercolors, Caran d'Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils, and gouache on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, 10.5 x 15 inches (26.67 x 38 cm). Lettering done using Nikko comic nib and Daler Rowney FW sepia acrylic ink.
(Apologies for the large file size being butchered by tumblr’s image constraints!)
Since I’ll have to draw a lot of Hoopoes for my Plume project I thought it might be nice if I could get a bit more confortable at drawing this bird. After the first page of sketches done from photorefs, I had to draw myself a clear reference of the plumage pattern because it was like if this bird was WEARING HELL AS A COAT and I really needed to understand how to arrange all these stripes on opened and folded wings… =3=
There was a bit of empty space in my Plume sketchbook so I couldn’t turn to the next page before filling it. 8D
I think I’m FINALLY catching his features with this middle sketch. But I can’t draw him twice with the same face, poor baby is cursed by the “I’m the main character so mum can never get me right” malediction… orz
One of my favorite blogs to follow is @omegafrisk. It’s a really fun story, and the mod there is so much fun! @everyone-needs-a-hoopoe is the mod, and she goes by Mel. I’m so happy that I met her because she somewhat helped me conquer my fear of talking to larger content creators. She really brings her characters to life and it’s fun being her scream friend. <3