This is For The Boids!

I recently was asked to do a bird character for an on-line thing (all hush-hush, don’t you know!). My initial gut feeling was to go for a very simple “Symbol graphic” type of thing. The Bird is supposed to be yelling, getting the word out….something like that.

It seems to me, that when I ever work for a¬†committee¬†of two people or more, the end result is going to be much worse than the beginning. It never fails. Here’s the progression of characters from top to bottom as I received art direction. The color versions were created when they’d “Decided” on a character. The decision has yet to be made and I’ll probably be creating more ideas but to give YOU an idea, here’s the way it slowly degenerates! (By the way, I mean no ill-will towards these guys, it’s just the way these type of jobs go usually!)


Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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2 Responses

  1. Very cool Rich… I can definitely feel your pain on this. I love the sketchy one in the top row, far right, but that first one is KooKoo!

  2. Jack Hattaway says:

    Rich, when we moved to NC, we enjoyed watching the Cardinals feeding at the bird feeder. When the squirrel showed up, they’d let him in while they stood nearby. The big mouth birds that attacked the squirrels were Blue Jays. Bye, bye squirrel when they showed up. The small birds would fly flt in and eat the seeds that fell from the feeder onto the porch. I like the third bird on the second row of illustrations. I also like the last one on the bottom line, far right’s colors, but drop the glasses. Nice job, Bubba.

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