I wanted to do a a reverse engineer post on a sticker I found on Pinterest that was created by Joshua M. Smith on his Parody Series.This sticker comes from a Looney Tunes character named Henry Hawk, known for being a little guy with a big attitude and plenty of strength. The illustrator did very well in portraying that message in the illustration. His lifted brow, stern beak, crossed arms, and widespread talons convey that clearly. This is a normal stance for this guy. What the artist did to make him more intimidating was give him a more built or chiseled look (than a plump baby bird), and added tattoos to make him look tough.
Henry has some depth to him. He has shadow underneath his crossed arms and even under his eye, brow, and cheek. The light source comes from the upper right. The shadow is the same hue as the rest of the bird, but has been saturated and darkened. We are also able to recognize depth in the position, shape, and size of the talons. The right talon is obviously closer than the left and is facing us.
Another thing that was done very well in this was the use of strokes. Henry’s heavy left eyebrow curves down and cuts through his left eye with a very fine line (again, adding depth), but the use of that stroke helps us realize that. The strokes inside his body are much thinner than the bold stroke surrounding his entire body. This helps us be able to focus on what is inside and draws our eyes to one thing: Henry.
One last thing that we recently went over in our class with Brother Kerr is what the strokes suggest. Henry is a bird (a chicken hawk to be exact) and we all know that birds are covered in hundreds of individual feathers. But we don’t see that in this. Instead we see the suggestion of feathers at the top of Henry’s head as well as his two feathers in the back. By this, and along with the beak and talons, we know that Henry is obviously some kind of bird. The same principle applies for his talons – the stroke divides the foot into two talons and we know that their is an individual finger for each claw.