Besides aforementioned tech items, I also really like birds. Not so much that I would go out in whatever weather to seek and find some rare species never seen before in this area, not so much that I can name any bird by its call but enough to have a Peterson's European bird guide close at hand and really enjoying looking at birds.
This one I have seen only once. I was somewhere on a big estate in an area rich in rivers and streams. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a little blueish silvery shape darting over the stream and disappear in the shadows. When I started to look a little better I saw it was a kingfisher. I think it's one of the prettiest birds around and I just adore its colours. The little peeps it makes. And to see it diving for sticklebacks is just fascinating.
Dutch designer and artist Johan Scherft has made a lot of very beautiful and very realistic bird models out of paper, all in 1:1 scale. Some of them he made into kits to sell. Some of those he gives away for free on his website. This kingfisher is one of them. He also has a wren, a goldcrest and a pair of superb birds of paradise available for free download. Check out his non-free models too, they really are worth the (small) price.
Here is where I started with, the rest of today's pictures are after the jump.
|All folds originally have kind of pointy ends where the paper folds onto itself. I tried to ease the pointy bits out with some tender ball-embossing tool action. Successfully.|
|Kingfisher's body in state of almost readiness.|
|Another part that bothers me a little: how do the wings end up? do they have to stay loose like this or should I gently try and glue them to the rest of the body? |
For now, I'll leave them loose, it looks like it should be like that.
|The kingfisher's little head. I painted a thick layer of transparent gloss on the eyeballs to make them deep and shiny.|
|head and body joined. Now all there is to do is its feet. I'll wait until tomorrow with that, it's a little too late to continue today.|
|Little wrinkle in the throat. I took the crease out with a knitting needle I carefully inserted through the wing openings.|
|This is where I am now. A legless kingfisher. It's a small bird.|