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Corvus Corvidae by evelmiina Corvus Corvidae by evelmiina
Messengers of derp, err...death!

I love all corvids and thought of illustrating a few of them in stylized manner. First birdbook I borrowed featured 11 corvids. Second one 16. Just to make sure, I sought a list of all corvids, and according to them, there was actually 40 corvus-species. That's how many there are in the picture now. There's in reality even more, if you counted extinct species, but references were tad hard to find, so I focused on living ones.

Included four mythological ravens and crows too:

Huginn, Muninn, Yatagarasu (three-legged crow) and “crow who stole the fire”, carrying it in kangaroo’s pouch, in Australian Aboriginal myth.

Original ink drawing on 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.6 in), scanned and colored in Photoshop CS5.
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Solid color and composition, excellent relationships and balance. Stylistically it is very on the up and up with the sketchy pen-and-ink looks that are very popular right now. If there's anything I could say that is something of a detraction, it's that it's very busy. I understand that you were going for as many members of the Corvis family as you could, but in a world of people with nanosecond attention spans, fewer crows would draw they eye in more. Mostly because there's less to read, but also because there wouldn't be so many ribbons and distracting movement at every turn. Each bird is lovely though. They all have distinct personalities and lives. If I could suggest any way to break it up it would be perhaps to make a triptych of it? Three branch growths in three separate pieces, or maybe two with the third being the trunk? That way if you ever want to sell a piece like this you can charge a bit more. Not that money seems that important to you, there's a lot of love in this.
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urminnet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So fun and cute. You've really captured the expression and characteristic of each bird.
evelmiina Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional
MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omaperäinen, tyylikäs ja sopivasti huumorilla höystetty sukupuu. :)
K-HUD Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Where is Corvus Cirrhosis?
tser Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would totally buy this if it were for sale in your print shop. Please let me know if it becomes available. Corvids rule and this is a fantastic style and wonderful piece!
evelmiina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional
I will! I should get this printed pretty soon, I'll make some journal and tumblr updates about it, when they're done. They'll be up for international shipping, too.
sweet-suzume Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Woah, this so fun and attractive!
skrane Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Artist
beautiful! corvids are the best
Kiriska Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
This looks amazing! Must have been a real challenge getting them to all fit!
claudetc Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Oh but I love this so much, you got such a great amount of character into each bird
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