Saturday, March 19, 2011

Illustration - Studies and references, Fact and Fiction

Our current illustration project at Sint Lucas, which will last from now till the end of the semester, is the theme "Fact and fiction," interpreted how we would like. So, me being obsessed with myths and fairy tales, I'm going with a theme of mythical birds and the cultures they come from. I don't have too many pages yet, as all my referencing and google researching has been done using an ipod touch, because my laptop decided to be silly and go break itself. As you can imagine, trying to have six or seven windows of images open on a little ipod safari browser is quite irritating.

Anyways, enough rambling. Here is the first page of sketches and references for the first bird and culture, the Firebird which comes frim Russian/Slavic beliefs.

Sorry for poor photo quality. Taken with camera, not scanner.

In Russian folklore, the firebird often appears as an object to be quested after because of it's beautiful glowing feathers, or it is the prize for defeating a great and terrible magician. It is generally described as having feathers like flames(Go figure), a beak and claws of gold, eyes like rubies; and it's tail feathers are like brilliant streamers. In some tales, the firebird can also change into a woman.

In images of the bird, it is usually depicted as looking very similar to a peacock. So I get to draw nice big pretty tail feathers :)

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