The Bird is The Word

I’m sure you’ll wish to thank me in the comments for putting that song in your head.

Before I go on to ramble about the bird, I want to proudly display my swanky business cards! You can tell by my over-enthusiasm that this is a relatively new business…


Yes, indeed the bird is the word.

The bird I’ve drawn is actually a male kestrel. To be super-duper specific they usually measure 13 inches tall and their Latin name is Falco Tinnunculus. Funfacts yeah!

For those who have the pleasure (ahem) to know me in person will also know that I am quite Northern. But what you might NOT know is that I am terrifically enthusiastic about a horrendously uncool pastime. I use ‘uncool’ to stress the somewhat unpopular and remote world of Ornithology. Ok that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I don’t actually employ a scientific approach to my study of the bird kingdom. Or anything for that matter.

Let’s be even more geeky! I live in a little north easterly village on the rural-urban fringe. The area is rich with various wildlife because it is a SSSI (site of special scientific interest). Most impressively there are Red kites. However, if you travel a little distance away from my little north-easterly village you end up pretty much in the country. There is a surplus of wildlife there. Kestrels, Buzzards, vicious badgers etcetera.


As you can see, nature is a massive source of inspiration for me, this is clearly reflected in my drawings. I don’t have much time for straight lines or polished surfaces. This is purely because they are annoyingly difficult to draw. I’m talking adobe-illustrator difficult here.

To go off topic a little more than I already excruciatingly have, now would be a good time to mention I have been researching my ancestry. For future generations and for stalkers of my staggering impending art-related fame this sort of information is gold dust (As is an educated understanding of sarcasm). I have found, alas, no artists in my family. No architects, designers, photographers, writers or any paint-brush wielding layman added to my gene pool. More accurate would be blacksmiths, factory workers, a postman, sweet shop owner, grocery shop owner. Pretty eclectic.

That is why I am proud to be the first, and thanks to this official document, a bona-fide artist.