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Of a Feather by Altalamatox Of a Feather by Altalamatox
So, I've recently decided to change Magda's metaphorical character critter to a cat like her buddy Morgan's, because it makes more sense to me.

However, I really do like magpies, and it still works for her, just not as well as a cat, so I was like... am I god or am I god, right? So these two get to have secondary character critters. That got me on the search for a bird form for Master Daubenmire to match her magpie.

I thought some kind of vulture would suit Morgan's opportunistic, passive-aggressive, some might say cowardly (some might say genius) side. And vultures, because they eat the dead, and because we are going to be the dead, and because we hate the thought, have mountains of stigma attached to them. Not unlike the filth and fear Morgan drizzled all over his own name during the war, in what was an attempt to be as scary as possible but now clings to him unwelcome, and makes him unwelcome and hated on sight.

And then browsing vulture species, I found this bird. White-headed vulture. I couldn't believe it, it has Morgan's hairstyle. So. That was that.     

Burds burds burds.

Oh, nearly forgot to mention! Love it or hate it, a lot of the work I do at work is in this style, because it is clean and because it is fast. I actually really enjoy it. It's pretty much entirely done with the lasso, fill, and gradient tools and is somewhat easier on my wrist than my usual painterly/sketchy way of working. I also enjoy having a different work style it because it keeps work art and personal art in different boxes in my head. I can be far less attached to work art (you have to be!) when it's not in my personal style I'm intimately attached to and kind of self-conscious of. Could be fun to do more cross-overs like this, maybe with my human characters and just see what the hell happens to 'em!
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! :D
marchy96 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Artist
Aw~~ :giggle:
These are wonderful critters for the both of them!
Love them :love:
MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Definitely love your birds, a perfect style!
Phageous Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how Morgan's just a big feathery mess while Magda sits there all pristine. They make very cute birds!
Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Morgan: the world's most demented vulture. XD
I-Have-Amazing-Wings Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So good! What program do you use?
Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thank you! I use Photoshop CS6. (:
I-Have-Amazing-Wings Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see :D I use GIMP for my digital work :) I'm goin to upload something maybe today or tomorrow
Ceilleo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! I absolutely love the 2-dimentional style! and of course who doesn't love Morgan and Magda!
BellaSylph Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his expression! reminds me of the comical flamingos from Alice in wonderland that just would not hit the ball. :D
artsytarts Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! Awesome that you gave them secondary critters :) Magda and Morgan are probably my favorite team out of all your OC's.
shy4 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love it, it's freash and a bit different from your usual style, but as you said in a comment, it's faster. Also I think it suits very well this particular illustration and story you're trying to tell :) Great job!
RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
When I saw this, I said to myself (almost immediately), "The one on the right...that has to be Morgan."

It's a great look for him! And Magda seems taken by it as well, which is always a good thing.
Also, speaking of looks- I love this style! I think it allow more, character wise. You don't have to worry about getting too detailed, and yet the coloring can hide all sorts of little bits that complete the picture. It's...simple, yet not simple. Does that make sense?

Short version: I love it. Keep it. Whatever makes you happy, but this is perfect!
DemonLog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this style!  Like you say, it's clean and quick, but also appealing and appeasing.  When I first saw Morgan ( and I KNEW it was Morgan! ), I thought he was a bearded vulture (… ), but that white-headed vulture is also adorably perfect.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I so nearly made him a bearded vulture, but I just couldn't pass up the 'hair' on the white-headed guys. I will probably draw him as a bearded one day just for the pooftastic legs which I suspect he will enjoy. So many awesome vultures.

Glad you like this style!
DemonLog Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist
That white-headed vulture's face is perfect for Morgan- I so agree!  The colours of the bearded vulture are also beautiful, and they have a "creature from hell" look with the "blood stained" feathers, and the strangely demonic-looking eyes.  But I have to agree that the white-headed vulture was still a fantastic choice.  I've often been amused by their little DA-hair styles.

The style reminds me a super-lot of a friend of mine who ended up hired by Disney because of her style.  She, too, draws dragons and critters, which makes it that much more similar.
loner911 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great work!
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that style ! Great job with the coloring ! It's fresh and fun :)
MBlackwood Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
oh my gaw morgan's derpy flappy face is so doofy as a vulture and it FITS. XDDD Preposterously well, in fact. Love this, and love your work, as always.
Psewell Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am just in love with your style, especially this lineless one. I also quite dig the texture you used
Zekkentak Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I actually really like the style :D
The work art style holds an almost paint like quality to it
and isn't ridiculously cutesy like a lot of things I see.

It's really, really pretty!
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love this style! It's so pretty! :iconilavplz:

How do you get the textures?

Did you sketch this out first then painted or did you draw this on photoshop?

What kind of vulture is Morgan?
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool birds ;)
thecuttestpuppy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Interesting idea. Vulture. *grins* Yeah, I believe Morgan would have fun singing the vulture song from Ice age 2. And the look shows his craziness really well. :D
TheBRStory Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woderful artwork!
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