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Fat Pigeons

Posted by Alix on 30 January 2009

Love birds, originally uploaded by Islip Flyer.

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Victor Kerlow

Posted by Alix on 29 January 2009

Another nice image via Drawn! by Victor Kerlow. I like the wonkiness.

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Jessica Hische illustration

Posted by Alix on 24 January 2009

Another quality link via Drawn!Jessica Hische has an impressive portfolio of design work, including some beautifully done typographic stuff, but also some great illustration work. It’s kind of like a more modern Charley Harper, a bit? I’m clicking through all the images on the website and it’s really hard to choose just  few; they’re all so adorable. Here’s a few, but totally just go and look through them for yourself:

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David G Derrick Jr. drawings

Posted by Alix on 20 January 2009

I’ve never really ‘got’ sculpture. Something about it just leaves me cold.  I keep giving it a chance, but somehow it’s just not something I enjoy. I will keep trying; it took me years of concerted effort to like olives and I ended up liking them. With this in mind, this is the webpage of sculptor David G Derrick Jr (via Drawn!).  I won’t talk about his sculptures for obvious reasons, but there are some sketches of birds which are interesting, they’re quite fluid, and kind of humourous, kind of. Here’s one:

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Frozen mourning dove

Posted by Alix on 16 January 2009

Frozen mourning dove, originally uploaded by mmatins.

Sometimes birds don’t make it.

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Flip Flop Flyin’ pigeon

Posted by Alix on 12 January 2009

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A muted pigeon over here. I am liking these pictures done with Brushes.

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Revisited: Amy Ross

Posted by Alix on 8 January 2009

I naively said that I was going to do my top previously featured artists from Birdyblog’s first year ages ago, predictably so far I’ve barely blogged any! So, to revive the category we start the year with Amy Ross. I blogged some of her pictures in April last, and have since been keeping up with her blog. She continues to produce these beautiful delicate watercolours which look kind of pastelly and un-arresting until you get closer and look at the detail, then you see what she describes as implausible hybrid creatures – there’s a touch of the surreal, but in a very gentle way. I am totally charmed by the work. Birds have been a pretty popular trope recently (which obviously is great for me) but I am a little bored now by the cuter, simplistic depictions of birds that crop up; Ross’ work offers non-straightforward, surprising birds, and it’s this I really like.   This is her artist statement:

I am interested in the idea of artist as mad scientist. My drawings offer visual hypotheses to the question: what would happen if the DNA sequence of a plant or mushroom were spliced with that of an animal? Using graphite, watercolor, and walnut ink on paper as well as directly on gallery walls in site-specific installations, I portray animals morphed with branches, mushrooms, berries, and blossoms, thus forming implausible hybrid creatures. These images subvert the traditional genre of botanical illustration by approaching the close study of the natural world through the lens of genetic engineering and mutation gone awry.

And these are some pictures:

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Marcus Walters collage

Posted by Alix on 4 January 2009

Some jolly birds by Marcus Walters via It’s Nice That.

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More Carrie Marrill

Posted by Alix on 1 January 2009

These will probably be gone in the smaller size by the time I publish this, but 20×200 have some more Carrie Marrill prints for sale. I almost bought it but the postage worked out at pretty much the same as the prints I’d selected (I was going to go for one of these as well), and I know it’s inexpensive art, and I really do want to support that, but I just can’t justify $65 in postage. I am so pissed off! I keep seeing this great art I want and I can’t afford it. I wish I could select around 10 prints a year, and get them all shipped over in one go at the end of the year.

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Limited edition crow pillows

Posted by Alix on 29 December 2008

Resist Today have a limited run of these pillows designed by Eleanor Grolsch (whose site features loads of vibrant, super birdy and non-birdy design) :

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