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The Magpie by Janet Chui

The Magpie
by Janet Chui

Prompt: Magpie
prompted by: mikka, during Sketch Fest #8 (December, 2010)

I looked up the symbolism of magpies very quickly, and was amused by the sinister meaning of magpies in the west, versus being "birds of joy" in China. I think the magpies themselves would be very amused at the contrast, if they could have an opinion. I went mostly "dark" with this one, though the bridge in the background alludes to the famous Chinese Bridge of Birds story. (I also attempted to colour this in Photoshop, but didn't complete in one hour. So here's the black and white.)


Julia Romero says: Wonderful!! I'm in awe! ~ Reply?

Noreen says: So am I... (Actually, I posted as my niece, Julia.. lol. But I know she would agree that your work is awesome) ~ Reply?

Selina Fenech says: Gorgeous gorgeous pose ~ Reply?

mikka says: How lovely! ~ Reply?

Coriander Detwiler says: LOVE this pose! ~ Reply?

Carol Moore says: Awesome work! Love the pose. Interesting about the symbolism of magpies - had no idea. ~ Reply?

Ellen Million says: This is glorious. Can't wait to see the color. ~ Reply?

Mersea says: Love the wings!!! ~ Reply?

Anon says: Awesome! ~ Reply?

Janet Chui says: Aw! Thanks guys! A more completed colour sketch of this is now at this page: http://www.janetchui.net/txp/sketchbook/66/the-magpie (It's not finished, hence not uploaded as finished work. ~ Reply?

Adelynn Tan says: Physically impossible pose! At least at 10 in the morning :P ~ Reply?

'Lia Miller says: Eee! Magpie and magpie girl! I have tried and failed a shameful amount of times to draw a magpie girl to my liking. The birds make me so happy. ~ Reply?

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