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.