I was really happy with the last bird portrait I did a few days ago that I wanted to see what else I could come up with. I think this would be a fun little ongoing series that would help me develop my digital painting chops and also experiment with a bunch of colour, lighting, and texture. 

This guy is called the Cordyceps Turaco, as his feathers and eye formations are based on different types of cordyceps mushroom. 

Hope ya dig!

A stone gathering hornbill. 

I am trying to be a little less precious when it comes to painting, although loosening up seems to be something I just can’t get into (silly rigid brainbox). This guy was based on a super quick sketch I did at work. I always find it really fun to take a super squiggly doodle to completion. 

Hope ya dig!

So after a 6 week hiatus I am back and able to post again! I have been working on an NDA indie video game project doing visual development and concept art. It’s been a load of fun (and a ton of hard work) but unfortunately I won’t be able to post any of that work until the official announcement of the game. (so stay tuned folks!)

Anywhoo, I have been wanting to get into a bit of creature design recently, so this piece marks my first step into the world of weird and wonderful made up animals. 

I imagine he makes a lot of snuffling and grunting sounds as he searches around for food. The rock like horns and spines would act as both protection and a display of dominance. 

Hope you like it!