The reference photos in this particular NZ birds online article are really useful – lots of great, clear pictures of the head and wings. As usual, no good pictures of their wee feet, but I can figure them out.
I find it particularly interesting that these birds burrow. Check out this clip from the Chatham Island Taiko Trust Facebook page!
Time to draw
The reference photos are great, but there aren’t many to show how the birds actually move around. Most of the resources show the birds being handled, as with the clip below, or are from quite a long way away – so if I have made errors, I apologise.
It’s a very strange beak situation
Getting the hang of wings, anyway!
Working on the details of the face
Sketching out a foot
Now that I have completed my initial sketches, it’s time to choose the final lines.
And, as usual, I use reference photos to set the colours. These birds are definitely not grey, though, so I have broken with tradition and used brown-grey tones to colour them in.
I thought about standing them on rocks, but I can’t decide if I like that or not. The pose looks weird without rocks, though. I will revisit this when I build the final design, but I think no rocks is best for now.
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