Although Luca Qui’s parents are Chinese, he was born in Rome, Italy and considers himself an Italian boy at heart.
Luca was always attracted to the visual arts and has been drawing since he was a little boy. After high school he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, but unfortunately it was not what he expected and he left after two years.
However, during those years he worked for the first time with a computer which fascinated him so decided to attend a graphic designer’s academy.
After Luca graduated in 2012, he got plenty of work experience but wanted more. As his passion had always been illustration in January this year, he decided to throw himself into this world, finding more time for himself and what he loves doing.
This series of birds is one of his personal illustration projects.
Kristiaan der Nederlanden is a Dutch illustrator, living in Amsterdam. He graduated in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has been working since 2002 as a freelance illustrator.
Some of his clients include Vodafone, IBM and Fiat. This set of three bird illustrations was a personal project dedicated to his love of birds.
These striking illustrations of birds were drawn by Suzy Sharpe, an artist based in Cornwall, UK, whose work includes painting, drawing, printmaking and installation.
In her work Suzy attempts to create a dialogue around the human and animal relationship against the backdrop of a society in which the distance between them seems ever increasing.
Suzy says, “My Father was a butcher and I currently live on a smallholding in rural Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate my days and inspire my work. Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the for front of my mind and research. Using my work as a vehicle I explore, question and celebrate the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share.”
Suzy’s work is available to buy in her Etsy shop and you can see more of what she is up to over on her Facebook page.
Art major Elaine Alpers currently studying at the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, created this series of drawings entitled Matthew 10:29-31.
The work is inspired by the verse which reads, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
“It’s a mixed media piece of birds drawn with charcoal on burned wood,” said Elaine. The burned wood represents illness and death, and the image of a bird in flight represents new life and hope.”
The piece won People’s Choice Award at the Avera McKennan Employee and Family Art Show.
Marcello Barenghi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. His early career was as an illustrator but with the demise of traditional illustration he decided to retrain as an architect.
20 years later he was inspired by a 3D illusion video he watched online and began to draw again concentrating on hyperrealism but with his own unique style. Marcello uploads videos of himself creating his artwork to document the drawing process. He uses coloured pencils as well as watercolours and tattoo markers in his work and the finished drawings have a 3D effect which sets them apart from other hyperrealistic drawings.
Marcello says, “My drawings are not perfect, I’m never happy with the result, I often get angry because I can see a lot of flaws that I always hope to correct in the next work. However, limitations and imperfections represent the style and anyone who has a keen eye will always identify my drawings, without the need to look at the signature.”
Since February this year Saldi Breton from The Hague, Netherlands, has been adding a bird every day to her Tumblr blog.
Saldi uses Indian ink and ecoline to make her drawings and many of her birds demonstrate human behaviour. She says, “I am an observer and tend to translate what I notice around me into birds. Birds make me smile, I like the idea that my drawn birds make people smile.”
You can see all of Saldi’s birds on her Tumblr and original drawings are available to purchase in her Etsy shop.
Concerto was a Twitter collaboration of photography, art and poetry. It began with a photo that popped up on Twitter; a bird table of starlings taken by Reuben Howes. Reuben invited Chaz E. Arnold to join the collaboration to tweet poetry and Louisa Crispin posted drawings of starlings.
The series was made using burnished graphite powder finished with graphite sticks and created while Louisa listened to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17; the music heavily influenced the marks and the resulting movement in the finished composition. Mozart kept a pet starling around the time he wrote the concerto and, apparently, if you listen to the music you can hear the starling’s song in the piece.
Louisa said, “A lot of my work is very detailed pencil drawings so it was liberating to work on such a big loose piece! I had been given some graphite powder to experiment with and I’ve always been fascinated by starlings; they are such funny birds, always squabbling, but also very intelligent. Watching a murmuration is amazing!”
You can see more of Louisa’s work over on her website.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”
The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles.
24 year old Abby Diamond lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and visual artist, creating artwork for musicians, children’s books, tattoo design and t-shirt design.
Abby has always loved birds, wildlife and nature and originally went to college with the intent to become a scientific illustrator.
Abby uses pen, waterproof ink, watercolour paint and dye or markers in her paintings as she finds wet media experimental to work with and likes how watercolour paint behaves differently during the painting process.
Abby says, “Drawing birds began as practice for me, mostly because I’m fascinated with them, their behavior and anatomy. As a self-employed artist, I admire finches and sparrows for their resourcefulness, feistiness, and persistence, even though they’re the smallest on the food chain. I think artists can learn a sobering amount by observing a bird feeder for an hour.”
Abby has an Etsy shop where you can purchase prints and cards of her illustrations. Her work is also available on Society6.
And over on her Tumblr blog, as well as showing us an insight into her creative process, she gives a ton of advice and information to other aspiring artists all with a generous dose of grace and humour.
The concept is a reference to where the festival is held, the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the show’s purpose of bringing creators of the written word to talk with the audience.
Josh graduated from Maine College of Art with a degree in New Media Design and has since worked as a New Media Art Director, balancing work between corporate clients and fine art.
The featured birds are available to purchase on Josh’s website and 1% of profits are donated to Animal and Environmental charities.
Extinct Birds by Brian R. Williams is a series of drawings of bygone birds wearing clothes from the year in which they became extinct.
Brian is inspired by the way humans have used myth, folklore and storytelling throughout history as a means of reconnecting with the natural world. Sometimes he focuses on times when human history clashed with natural history, such as in the Extinct Birds series, which shows birds that have gone extinct as a result of direct human interference.
Brian says, “I depicted each bird dressed in clothing that was fashionable during the year that they went extinct as a way of visually connecting the animal’s history with our own.”
Brian is currently collaborating with Mikael Vogel, a poet in Berlin, Germany, who is writing poems inspired by the extinct birds drawings. He printed the first poem and drawing on postcards (which can be seen below) that he is distributing in cafes and coffee shops in Berlin for people to pick up and take with them.
These birds are etched in a classic style and highlight some of the iconic roles that birds play in their relationship with mankind. So a parrot perches on a heavily tattooed arm reminiscent of that of a sailor and a hawk sits atop a hand clad in a falconer’s glove.
They were designed by MUTI, a creative studio based in the city of Cape Town, South Africa who work on a broad range of projects from digital painting to vector icons and custom typography.
Christian Mrozik from Grand Rapids, Michigan describes herself as making her way through life with a pen in her hand and a slew of good company.
She drew these beautiful surreal pictures of birds that look incredibly realistic yet also fantastical. Each piece can take up to 120 hours to complete and she approaches her work in a number of different ways.
“Sometimes I entirely make the drawing up. This creates a level of consistency in the oddities, so it looks right. Sometimes I do a lot of research, where I will look up different positions of a wing, or flower, but then put the reference images away, and do it from memory. This allows me to stretch, distort, change colors, and take some artistic license, yet still bring that hint or reality to it. Other times I use a very specific reference photo and draw it verbatim, trying to capture a specific moment that I see happening in the photo. I do go for a lot of walks and try and take photos often enough of different plants and animals, a lot of which I did while recently in Maine. I also like going to the local public museum to draw their taxidermy.”
You can see more of Christina’s artwork and find out more about her technique over on her website.
These colourful birds were created by Victor Vergara, an illustrator based in Medellín, Colombia, using a Wacom tablet.
After graduating from the Fundación Universitaria de Bellas Artes in Medellin, Colombia he has had his work featured in a number of exhibitions and has won numerous awards.
Victor says, “My work is mainly inspired by nature and the female body, although not in the literal sense. I like the characters in my mind become illustrations for the world. I enjoy working with the pencil, that way I can draw what I’m feeling and feel what I’m drawing.”
Sydney based illustrator and designer Irene Feleo designed this hummingbird textile pattern for an Affectors exhibition ‘Cause and Affect”.
Each artist was asked to choose a not for profit organisation to work with as a source of inspiration for creating a piece for the show. Irene chose to work with Care Australia and created a textile pattern that was inspired by their mission to empower and provide women in third world countries with healthcare and education.
These racing pigeons, illustrated by Gawie Joubert a South African artist living and working in Johannesburg, were part of Menagerie, an exhibition at In Toto Gallery, celebrating the breathing beings that share Planet Earth with us.
In this work Gawie investigated the complicated and sometimes intricate relationships between humans and their surroundings, focusing on captivity.
He said, “Historically pigeons have been brought into the cities for racing purposes but – as prisoners so often do – the pigeons escaped, transforming the world’s cityscapes into their new habitat. Each piece is inspired and subsequently named after well-known prison escapes, like Alfred Hinds and the Texas Seven”.
Gawie worked in ink for these illustrations, ironically a material that is itself derived from the animal kingdom, has he enjoys exploring both the permanence and the serendipity of the medium.
Mark Powell uses a Bic Biro pen to create detailed drawings on vintage envelopes, maps and newspapers dating back to 1756.
He got the idea for drawing on these antique documents from an envelope he was given that had been sent from the WWI front line. He said; “Just before the soldier went over the trenches, he scribbled a note to his loved ones. Because he went over the top its unlikely that he came back, and almost a hundred years later I end up with this envelope. I decided to draw him as an old man – and then it snowballed.”
This illustration is part of The Inscending Spiral series by Manchester based artist, James Roper.
In a previous life he was a script writer and film maker and has chosen to integrate some of the ideas he explored into his main body of work.
James said; “In 2005 I wrote a screenplay called ‘Nirodha Point’, a self-reflexive look at Hollywood, fame and material excess. With the intention of expanding the world created within ‘Nirodha Point’ I immediately started writing a prequel, but it’s sprawling narrative failed to fully coalesce. As a result I have chosen to produce a series of drawings that will explore those ideas in their current nebulous state entitled ‘The Inscending Spiral'”.
Rise Of The Bird People by Saddo, a Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, brings a twist to the self-centered portraits of conquerors, replacing the human face with bird heads, and depicts a fantastic world of the future, in which humans have slowly devolved into savages or even wild animals, and the world is ruled by a race of super-birds, who are conquering the last human groups.
Visually the pieces are very much influenced by imagery of Spanish and Portuguese explorers and “conquistadores” from the 15th to the 17th centuries, by pictures and illustrations of birds, Islamic miniatures depicting battle scenes, and by sci-fi and horror movies like The Twilight Zone, Planet of the Apes or Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Rise Of The Bird People exhibits at the Objectos Misturados gallery in Viana do Castelo, Portugal from 31st May to 5th July.
Denise Nestor was asked to illustrate a series of covers for the Fingal Arts Plan 2013 designed by Atelier David Smith.
The brief was to illustrate the different areas that Fingal Arts are involved in: Music, Literature, Theatre and Art. She based each piece on a different bird, each of which is found in the Final area.
Each illustration is also based on one of the four seasons, as well as a geometric shape, to further tie the series together.
For the last month Virgina Greene has been submitting an image everyday to her Tumblr blog depicting a birdy beast.
Described as a self-indulgent project she plans to keep it going for as long as she can. Virginia is an illustrator who has worked for the Collegiate Times, the Biology Department at Virginia Tech, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Charleston Magazine, and Grand Stand Magazine.
Below are some of my favourite bird beasts and you can see all her drawings on her blog here.
‘The Dark Side of the Flock’ series, depicting the empire from Star Wars as birds is by Michael Myers, an illustrative designer, specializing in graphic illustrations, as well as animation and layouts based in Boone, Iowa.
In the Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs writer and illustrator Matthew Martyniuk introduces readers to dozens of dinosaurs that lived in the strange evolutionary junction between dino and bird.
Matthew said, “I’ve always been interested in bird evolution. It seemed there were so many books illustrating prehistoric animals, but none focusing on bird origins,” said Martyniuk. “A lot of their characteristics go pretty deep into what were traditionally considered dinosaurs, and are really making us rethink how they would have looked in real life.”
“I had had an idea that Rob Swire aspired to more melody than in his earlier work. I have no idea if it was true, but it was something I felt, so we thought of the bird as a symbol of melody – birdsong – and our bird is preparing to take flight. It may, in fact, have just been built and its maiden voyage is being witnessed by dignitaries. I thought both Dan’s design of the bird and the modelmaking by Hothouse, aka Jez Clarke, were both superb. It was a bird, not a real bird, but a musical bird, an art bird, and a beautiful thang to boot.”
Ralph Steadman is a prolific artist who in his 40 year career has produced thousands of groundbreaking and influential artworks so when Ceri Levy asked him to produce one piece of art representing an extinct bird for a recent exhibition, Ghosts of Gone Birds, Ralph said ‘yes’. Then ‘yes’ again … and again … and again.
Ralph documents them all in a series of remarkable paintings, featuring unique interpretations of well-known birds such as the Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon and Dodo, along with less familiar members – Snail-eating Coua, for example, or the Red-moustached Fruit Dove – and a variety of bizarre beasts including the Gob Swallow, the Long-legged Shortwing and the Needless Smut. All are captured in a riot of expression and colour, with a slice of trademark Steadman humour.
There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sate upon it;
But she said, “I don’t care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!”
But Edward Lear didn’t just write limericks – he was rather good at drawing birds too!
David Attenborough first saw one of Lear’s plates in the 1950s, and was so struck by its precision and grace that he determined to collect them all. When the collection was complete, he had them bound in an original 19th-century leather binding case. Now, to celebrate the bicentenary of Lear’s birth, Attenborough has allowed The Folio Society to reproduce the entire volume in facsimile.
The Swedish newspaper, Metro is the official sponsor of the Eurovision Song Concert 2012 and asked Morris Pinewood Stockholm to come up with an advertising campaign to communicate this. The resulting concept was based on the link between song birds and music and was inspired by a comic strip printed on the inner sleeve of the LP “Birds” by the dutch group Trace
Pairing different breeds, styles and species of birds with the characteristics of the artists gives a wide array of visuals to be used as substratum for the whole campaign. A juxtaposition of bird aesthetics and the classic clichés of schlager music; the classic boy band, the country/schlager singer, the stiff electro pop male, the flirty euro disco, the spectacular etno band and last but not least the chorus driven anthems.
Morris Pinewood also created 6 short animations to be used as TVCs.
Them Birds by illustrations Dan Eijah Fajardo and Pedro Kramer is a mash-up of Alfred Hitchcock and Angry Birds. The illustration makes clever use of greyscale and colours to show the difference between old and new.
Indian artist Mohamed Raoof has brought his own spin to the Angry Birds phenomenon. He’s come up with how these birds would look in real life and they look just as pissed off in real life as they do in the game.