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I am sculpting a terror bird, and my client agreed to allow me to share it as a WIP.  I'm about half done with it.  I think the body looks a lot like a plucked chicken at this stage , but it is true

And done (except for the slot tab):         Anyone interested in seeing how I make the slot tab?   Andy

Finished the head and legs:       It's not so smiley now.   I'll be starting the feathers tomorrow.   Have a great day,   Andy

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How are his tiny feet standing alone on the cork? Is that what y'all meant when talking about how there would be a pin running through that?

 

I've never seen a cassowary before. Those are feathers?! I'm really interested in seeing how you would sculpt that. It's.... furry feathery....

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How are his tiny feet standing alone on the cork? Is that what y'all meant when talking about how there would be a pin running through that?

 

I've never seen a cassowary before. Those are feathers?! I'm really interested in seeing how you would sculpt that. It's.... furry feathery....

 

Yep, the leg armature pin goes into the cork about a half an inch.

 

Yes, they are hair like feathers that some primitive birds have.  I figure it is pretty close to what a Terror Bird had.

 

 

So I sculpted the rest of the neck skin and then added the belly feathers and finally feathers the drumsticks.  For now I am using the same technique for these as I do for fur, just with longer strokes.  I'll add the wings next, then the thigh feathers, and then build the final feather dome over all.  I may need to make the feet a bit larger after I get it all done.  They seem a bit petite.

 

(Sorry for the poor photo quality, I took these on my phone and I don't have as good of editing software here as I do at home.)

 

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So I am about to start he feathers.  I decided to make them like a Cassowary's feathers:

 

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That seems most likely, as a Cassowary is the closest thing we have to a terror bird living today.

OMG, that baby bird looks totally like a fuzzy dinosaur. :wub:

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So I am about to start he feathers.  I decided to make them like a Cassowary's feathers:

 

TonyKennedycassowaryEttyBay3.JPG

 

 

That seems most likely, as a Cassowary is the closest thing we have to a terror bird living today.

OMG, that baby bird looks is totally like a fuzzy dinosaur. :wub:

 

 

FTFY  :;):

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So I am about to start he feathers.  I decided to make them like a Cassowary's feathers:

 

TonyKennedycassowaryEttyBay3.JPG

 

 

That seems most likely, as a Cassowary is the closest thing we have to a terror bird living today.

OMG, that baby bird looks is totally like a fuzzy dinosaur. :wub:

 

 

FTFY  :;):

 

Not to mention that they're incredibly aggressive. Just to give you a sense of scale, they're 6'6" tall and weigh 130 lbs, and the largest of the subspecies will attack humans without a second thought. They're giant turkeys that can kill you.

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Looking good but I think there is a far more terrifying modern bird.

 

Native to New York...yellow...very memorable song...and measures close to 9' tall...the genus and species escapes me right now.

 

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