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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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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!
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Morgan: the world's most demented vulture. XD
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I-Have-Amazing-Wings Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So good! What program do you use?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thank you! I use Photoshop CS6. (:
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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
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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!
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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
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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.
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shy4 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student 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!
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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!
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