I thought I’d take a break from fiddliness. This one’s a 3D reinvention of a sketch (the box has a keyhole that you can’t see in the photo):



bauta bird, who’s going to have a pulcinella bird for a companion. Still needs work on the feet and base, but nearly there.



This was my first go at a Venetian bird. It was supposed to be a plague doctor, stylised with cute dot eyes. However, I think the style makes it look simply like a bird in a hat and headscarf, rather than a bird in a mask. (When an image is unfamiliar, departure from literality can sadly just cause confusion!). I still want to do something with the little guy (?), though.


Bauta doesn’t think much of the company in the fridge…


Little minotaur is coming along quite well, apart from the camera making his head huge:



Can’t remember if I showed the squashies finished. Here’s the family portrait:


I’m about to try something a bit different. I used to be fond of drawing organic, Rococo-ish doodles, and after a spell of looking at Alexis Peyrotte’s decorative designs, the urge grabbed me again.



I think I could mould something along these lines. The question is how much casting and welding of separate pieces it would need. Or I could try a piece in relief. Since they’re asymmetrical and don’t have to resemble anything but themselves, I think they’d accommdate quite a bit of NQR-ness. I may live to eat those words, but going to give it a go anyhow.

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    • I fear the bauta bird preys on squashies. And they can’t run. But even a bauta bird must sleep. So, in the dubious safety of broad daylight, they left the ruin in a swamp that was their home of ages, fled sloooowly across fields and roads and rivers, many becoming squashed squashies on the way, until they came to Suburbia. Meeting young master minotaur, they struck a deal: sanctuary in his labyrinth in return for keeping it clean. And there they live to this day, vacuuming up dust and heroes, far from the midnight moan of the bauta. 🙂

  1. Wahhhh, I wish to cradle the Plague Doctor Bird and cherish him forevermore. I didn’t have any trouble recognizing him as a plague doctor, especially from the side view. (I am also reminded of two Halloweens ago, when somebody in full plague doctor attire got onto my subway car – amusingly unsettling. I guess s/he was commuting for house calls.)

    Whether or not his face is a mask seems up for debate – if you add realistic textural detail to his body as you did with the Bauta, it would be more readily interpretable as a mask, but I do also like the possibility that his face just looks like that, kodama-style. 🙂

    I remember Rabbit! I always liked the weird half-lighting of that drawing…

    • To be cherished must be rare for a plague doctor! Thanks for the feedback. I might try him with more stylised / decorative feathers and see how that works with the face.

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