Friday, August 29, 2014

Why Can't Flamingos Be Griffins?

It's funny how many things begin with me sitting, bored, with a notebook of some sort in reach. Let me tell you a story: 

Once upon a time, I got bored and decided to draw a flamingo/griffin thing to stave off my boredom. I ended up with a funny looking thing that looked nothing like a griffin. He was trying so hard to pull off the whole "I'm an awesome looking griffin!" look, but he just couldn't pull it off. And so, the caption "Why can't flamingos be griffins?" was added.
The end.

This sketch took maybe five minutes (at most), but the bird's expression is enough to make me grin every time I see it. Technique wise, I think this piece isn't much good, but it cracks me up, and that makes it worth keeping around. Looking back, I see quite clearly why my dear bird can't be a griffin: A griffin is a lion/eagle mixture. This confused fellow seems to be a flamingo/antelope mixture. Oh well.

My bird is about nine inches tall, and drawn in graphite pencil. I find it funny that the third question I'm supposed to answer, "What were you trying to portray?", is usually answered by me shrugging and saying "I'm not entirely sure. I was really just messing around."

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of the flamingo from Fantasia 2000 who breaks the mold of "what flamingos do." The face is truly expressive. Is it the tilt of the head? The questioning of the eyes?