Here are a bunch of odd bird drawings for children up to eight. Envisioned for picture books and other materials. I always had a little story in mind when I drew them. The idea is to make each drawing more than just a drawing but rather to give each of them a funny, even mischievous character, much in the same way that Rosemary Wells characterizes her creations. While I have always had a fondness for drawing birds, I do animals and people with the same intent. Fellow illustrators often call my little creatures “quirky.” The way I see it, children should see a bit of themselves in my creatures. It makes it more interesting and, certainly, more fun.
Birds for Young Adults and Adults
Here are a bunch of fantasy bird drawings for middle readers, young adults, and even adults. They are intended to be “children’s illustration with a bit of a twist.” Quirky, even a bit weird. The sort of drawing that might appeal to children and adults who go for Edward Gorey’s drawings and perhaps Lemony Snickert’s stories. I have done these drawings, mostly in pen and ink over many years and I always had a little story in mind when I drew them. The idea is to make each drawing more than just a drawing but rather to give each of them a funny, mischievous, and perhaps also a bit sinister character. While I have always had a fondness for drawing birds, I do animals and people with the same intent. Fellow illustrators often call my little creatures “quirky.” I want people who see my creatures to see a bit of themselves in my them. It makes it more interesting and, certainly, more fun.
Animals for Children under 8
Animals for Young Adults and Adults
Fantasy Book Illustration
The 34th Suzerain and most recondite Archdeacon of The Masterly Wing and Holy Hillock, here with Grand Seigneur Bird Priest and member of the Beaked Legionnaire Guard causing the Voyage of Discovery to be undertaken for the gathering of the oppressed and great pillage and decreeing the building of vessels and the recruitment of worthy souls as crew
The Regal Cache Pot And Seal
The Factotum Extraordinaire of Numinous Prestidigitation and Natural Sorcery and Grand Attendant of the Imperial Cabana, bringing forth the Lode Stone Cache-pot and Regal Seal of Authority, permitting our vessel to go forth and navigate, to discover and map new lands, to civilize the wild peoples and other beasts of the world and extract due tribute from them, and to solve the cosmic mysteries of nature for the greater glory of the Realm, for the aggrandizement of His Imperial Suzerain and for the general enrichment of the common weal and municipal coffers, including gold, silver, jewels and much tobacco.
As soon as we cast moorings, members of the Most Worshipful Guild of Pipers, Tambourine and Rhythm Band Masters began to play a new and original work composed of three notes played slowly and in seemingly endlessly until, shaken to the core, all hands raced to the riggings, threw off ratlines and gave a cheer as sails filled and our helmsman brought us smartly into a broad reach and out of the harbor at flank speed
Myron Gilbert's People
A number of businesses use my people drawings to add a bit of zowie to their reports and corporate communications. It helps to humanize them and show that while business is serious they have that sense of fun and creative zing that is critical to success in the current business environment. These drawings are all pen in ink, no color. And they are done free-hand without corrections. So they are automatically whimsical, quirky and sometimes odd but, to the extent I can make them, engaging.