I enjoy creating avian-inspired critters because of my six pet birds. They fly about the studio, getting into mischief and providing inspiration whenever needed. Pom-Pom began as a sketch of two eyes and a beak. After reviewing several ideas for illustrating the body, I carried over a texture I’d developed for a previous image. Repeating patterns are naturally calming, so I designed the feathers to radiate around the face, drawing the view back to the center of the picture. The pillow-shaped body comically contrasts the intimidating talons, so Pom-Pom has attitude!
This image was conceived, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay. Each sheet of paper has randomly distributed bark inclusions, so each print is unique. The artwork is hand-signed by the artist. If you enjoy this artwork, check out Two Minds. It features similar imagery but on a grand scale.