Preliminary Cassowary


In my previous world  I was part of a  project to investigate the genetics of flightless birds.    This involved sequencing the genome of a handful of flightless birds and I’ve had a plan for over a year now to paint the different birds that were involved.

Now I shouldn’t really say this but these flightless birds aren’t going to win any beauty contests and they have a tendency towards drab brown plumage.     This cassowary, however,  is a bit of an outlier with its dramatic head shape and blue and red coloring.    So a cassowary it was.

This was an exploratory painting mostly.   I was intending to push the looseness quite a bit to counteract the sharp features and I think this will be the way to go.  Definitely one you don’t want to meet in a dark alley.



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