Birdy Ziz

This one has a beak and a different mane, a whole new head design actually. Also: dotted lines everywhere.

In case you’re wondering, all these modifications aren’t in pursuit of the Perfect Ziz. Any of the ones I’ve made so far would be plenty adequate for storytelling, and my motto is, “Adequate is Good Enough.” No, I’m just pulled along by curiosity right now. “What would happen if I did _______?” This kind of open-ended fiddling gets a lot of us artists in trouble – it’s addictive, and also “safe,” not risky like designing a whole new character, or actually telling a story, or moving on and getting a project finished. Hence my motto.

That said, I’m indulging myself right now. Plus I’m getting great exercise ignoring criticism, something I’ll have to do lots more of in the coming years.

3 comments to Birdy Ziz

  • Here, I give you some criticism to ignore: The body moves sinusoidally, but the wings move in sync. I’m not sure that makes physical sense.

  • Bill Hinds

    That’s an interesting observation, and probably not a difficult tweak.
    And it’s a gorgeous piece of kinetic art.

  • Michael Tree

    I love the birdy head. It makes the ziz look more of a mythical creature of the air.

    I also agree about the wings moving in sync.

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