Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bad / better / best bird legs

I have made some really, really BAD bird legs in my day.  This poor thing looks like a person with really skinny legs in black tights wearing a giant bird suit.

I ripped out the mutant legs and put in these straight lines that looked better, but I couldn't tell you WHY these legs looked better.

It kept nagging at me (because I kept drawing really bad bird legs) until I finally realized bird legs are often approximately at a 90 degree angle to the back of the bird.  Aha!  Eureka!  Lightbulb moment!  Better bird legs!


Medici said...

Aside from just the angle, they looked like li'l people legs because the 'knees' go backwards for birds.

Most of the leg is up in the birdy fluff so we only see the last little bit.
New bird legs look much better :)

Cindy Pestka said...

That's it! I unconsciously made the early bird legs in my image. No wonder the poor thing could barely walk; thank goodness it had wings!

Thanks for taking time to deconstruct the silliness!