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Birds of a Feather


One of my close friends has a serious issue with birds. Pigeons specifically.
I think they're cute, she thinks they're rats with wings.

She visited Venice and was horrified to find that the pigeons there are well loved. I decided to draw a girl with a pet pigeon, then forgot all about it for a few months. I didn't draw this with the pigeon girl in mind (and the bird here isn't a pigeon), but it reminded my friend who reminded me.

My friend's revulsion also reminded me of this Portlandia skit.




I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I was always psyched when a bird would fly into a shop. Don't ask me why, it was just cool.

So, are you pro-bird or anti-bird?

14 comments:

  1. Hey Melody...So funny. I love this skit. I put it in a post of mine too..."put a bird on it"...ha! So funny!

    I'm very pro-bird. I'm just gonna embrace it. I tried de-birding in '09 but it's just too hard. I had a baby daughter last year and then I really threw in the towel. I'm a sucker for a baby in bird-print.

    Is that wrong??

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    1. Haha, no, I don't think anyone can resist a baby in bird print :D

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  2. Oooh, love this piece! I love birds, although pigeons are probably not my favorite ... on a visit to Venice as a kid, a pigeon landed on my head and grabbed onto my hair and wouldn't get off despite swinging my head around frantically. Well, it eventually flew off, of course, but not very quickly. And it pooped behind my ear. Yeah, pigeons aren't my favorite bird ... but I still love your print, its gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thanks April! That's crazy, I can hardly believe it wouldn't let go - except I have met with some rather fearless birds in touristy locations. Yeah, I can see why pigeons might not be your fav.

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  3. I love your drawing! I love that her skirt looks like feathers.
    I am very pro bird. My father would call me birdie when I was a little girl so I've always been fascinated with them.
    Also, I LOVE Portlandia and this skit was too hilarious!

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    1. Thanks Stela :) Nice to meet another Portlandia lover

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  4. I have to admit...birds creep me out a little bit.
    But your drawing makes them look so cute and calm :)

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    1. It's true, they're usually not this placid in real life :)

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  5. Pro-bird, pro-bird! I would be so amused if a bird came flying into a shop...

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  6. Just wanted you to know I awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award http://www.sweet-fix.net/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html I really enjoy reading your blog!

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  7. Coming to you via Sweet Fix. Love this illustration!

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