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The Maori Tribesbird
by FeatherOfLead from FL, United States
Submitted on 7th Mar 2010
Comments : 50 comment(s)
Voted by : 124 People
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Tiaki here isn't just your typical bird brain! He hails from New Zealand, where he and his kinfolk (a species of flightless, nocturnal parrots) number among the last 123 kakapo in the world. Due to their reduced numbers, Tiaki stepped forward to be the guardian and protector of his people. The Kakapo has historically been important to the MÄori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore. Because of this, Tiaki has chosen to adopt the MÄori culture, dressing as one of their warriors, adopting their sacred tattoos (called Ta Moko), and dancing the peruperu haka (war dance) before going into battle. Never has a flightless parrot been so feared... and so loved.

   
50 Comments
Static-ghost commented on 20th Sep 2012 (Report Spam)
Nice )
bdrcomix commented on 13th Jul 2011 (Report Spam)
Love the Parrot Warbird design
Ruuza commented on 16th Feb 2011 (Report Spam)
such a cute birdy !
Nightengale commented on 23rd Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Sooooo cute!!!
Sketchkat commented on 18th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I really love the markings and the idea of a war bird :3 as for a pose that would be more dynamic I think he should lean forward just a little bit, with a movable jaw so you can make him scream or not... the staff would provide some support for the top end though :)
bobkitty1123 commented on 1st Jun 2010 (Report Spam)
The expression, marking, pose and assesories work together perfectly. Love it and would buy it.
Vodka commented on 27th Apr 2010 (Report Spam)
i love it
Scarlette commented on 20th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
The design is fantastic!
dschacke commented on 18th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
awesome
VinceRaptor commented on 15th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Wickedly cool :)
Synchra commented on 15th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
I love this one! :3
Synnabar commented on 15th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Yay! I love this. :) Iconic, fierce, yet cute all in one! :)
marymouse commented on 15th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
He's like a stoic little guard bird - I love him!
FeatherOfLead commented on 14th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)

wonderful, i had a very long response written and my comment got eaten.  so, i'll paraphrase.

*ihaveasoultoo - i agree with you about the static pose.  my original sketches were much more dynamic, however i must confess that i went with the more static design to be more on the safe side and to keep the character on model.  my original art also had his mouth open and his tongue out, but with the shortness of his beak i couldn't make that look right, so i scrapped the idea.

i will respectfully disagree with you about the bird itself.  yes, i did my research and several pages of sketch studies.  however an egg shaped bird is quite difficult to anthropomorphize and i wanted him to be holding a weapon, so i went with a short, fat stance instead.  i am also familiar with the coloration of a kakapo.  i went with green and yellow to keep it simple because the tattoos are so busy.

i was not trying to depict a photorealistic kakapo here; it's a cartoon character.  keep that in mind, please.

theLolo - i am sorry you feel that way

gabri3l - i do agree that i could have pushed the tattoos to be a bit more authentic.  i started to have troubles especially in the face, due to the difference between a human head and this fellow's.  future versions will most certainly be more accurate.  that is a goal of mine :)


and to everyone else, thank you for the kind words.  they are appreciated!

 


ihaveasoultoo commented on 14th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)

I do love the idea, but I find it really bland >:

I think he'd look really awesome if he was in a Haka pose or something that should be threatening (since that's the idea of the Haka, it's a war demonstration to scare the other tribe, or as the case in modern culture goes, opposing rugby team):

http://manolobig.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/the-all-blacks-will-need-their-haka-to-motivate-th1.jpg

There's a video below too to look at more poses and something that's very distinctly Maori (people over the world usually potray them sticking their toungues out, as the leader in the video does)

Also, he doesn't really look like a kakapo to me, more just just a generic bird.

http://hatupatu.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/kakapo11.jpg

Kakapo are big and heavy, with round fat bodies. They also have fuzzy faces (while this guy has a fuzzy face, it's the same sort of fuzz you'd give to any furry creature and looks more like thick fur than thin strands) and have very short and stubby beaks. Also, while they are entirely green they don't all come in a single shade. While I can see slight variation in the stomach colouring to the rest, it doesn't really look enough to me. Plus there should be even more variation in the feather colouring itself, there's darker patches on the tip of itd wings which look like random triangle markings. To me, this looks like a green feathery penguin, mostly because of the body.


Just a little critique, feel free to prove me wrong on whatever you want

Youtube Video :-
Moose15 commented on 12th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Interesting markings!
TheLolo commented on 11th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)

Need to be honest. I don't understand how this is getting a score this high. The pose is very static and uninteresting and doesn't tell a story. And it's a rather boring shape overall. The tattoos seem to be the only things that make this different from a photo of a bird. A lot of the other characters are much more imaginative.

laura-4593 commented on 11th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Love his little wing-arms.
Gabri3l commented on 11th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)

Love the idea, just dont feel the tattoos look maori enough

Dustwing commented on 11th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
adorable :)
Una commented on 11th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Oh, i certainly love this little guy, and it woul be great to have one for myself!
Emmyfluff commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Love the concept as well as the tribal designs. I'd totally get one! :3
Jordan-C commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
The design is fresh but it needs a more menacing warrior attack stance.
StupidDog commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Must.. Have D:
DrakenByte commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
He's so cute! Love the face and the puffy cheeks!
mrfryc commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Great colors and pattern!
BalloonPup commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Fits the challenge idea rather nicely -- and especially cute to boot!
astroskink commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Love it.
Ceiling-Cow commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Very cute! I love the originality of this! =3
Spookaboo commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Want forever~ â¥
LemurKat commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Truly original and adorable! I'd love to own one.
bd-plague commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Saw the design on FA and oh my GOD he's so cute!!!! I'd buy him in a heartbeat. <3
Velvet commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Awesome, love the markings!
Unyko commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Oh, he's adorable! I'd totally buy. :D (But then, kakapo make me happy, and swirl tattoos are made of win. <3)
Undertow69 commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
The tribal marking was a very nice addition.
Quoll commented on 10th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Will DEFINITELY buy this. =)
pretty-Omi commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Love the tribal designs
Kace commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Totally adorable. And I love his tattoos!
Lexic commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
It certainly is original. Has a certain inherent evil yet cute and soft look to him. Looks like a great shirt.
dannirat commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
So cute!!! Great story behind him too.
Corvid337 commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)

i like this a lot. I usually don't like designs with huge backstories but i like his story and think it's really planed out well. and it's a bird so that's a plus too.

SuicidalGoat commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Very Nice
Starquill commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
I'd definitely buy him if he were to be made into a little figure.
cappymeister commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
I am amazed at this design. Well done!!
Arinaca commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Great design and good use of traditional Maori tattoo' and history! Good to see some art with these little guys in them considering how rare they're getting.
Raini commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Aww yeah. Hey there lil' guy.
yellow-fr3ak commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
very cute design, and coming from NZ myself i highly aprove this design! ^^
Ark commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Lurv <3
Ace-Bearpaws commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
Truly Adorable!
jkille commented on 9th Mar 2010 (Report Spam)
awesome design
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