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    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping to get some feedback on my eagle silhouettes. It would be great to hear which features would work best for design and maybe which parts should be combined.

    Here are my silhouettes:
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    A little background on the project:
    The story idea is an adaptation from a Mongolian eagle hunting tradition. In this version, however, instead of hunting with an eagle, these people hunt the actual eagle. Sort of the prehistory of how it is now.
    Anyway, for my class I've already designed the main character and her crossbow weapon. Even though my class is finished, I'm looking to flesh out this project for my portfolio. Below are some finished pieces so you can get the feel of the style and color.

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    Well, considering the human character is super stylized and relies a lot on big, recognizable shapes, I'd recommend taking the same, more bold approach to the eagle to. I mean obviously realistic wing anatomy wouldn't be an issue, and currently most of your silhouettes are just variations on the amount of wings and strings in them (which to me makes many of them resemble more moths, which could be a neat idea to go for) rather than variations on the shape of it (that you could push even further), that would affect how the eagle comes off. And of all the current ones, I'd go for the #2 since it actually looks like an eagle, and having a giant eagle that you hunt comes of more bad ass than if the eagle is a magical looking and fairy-like.
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    I love how stylized your work is, and your character design is really lovely. I personally like 7, 8, 9 and 10 best. I think those silhouettes fit the style or your character. :)

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    Thanks! Yes, I definitely need to work on the overall shape. I had a hard time getting to the final style of the character to begin with, so I need to try getting there from the beginning. Here's some more silhouettes I did, trying to focus on overall shape. I omitted extra wings and frillies and just tried to do a combination of triangles and rectangles.

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    Thanks Killtoy. I was leaning toward 7-ish myself.

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    You're welcome. :)

    They are all nice, but my favourites of your new silhouettes are the 1st, the 3rd, the 4th on the left column, and the last one on the right. :)

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    You're welcome. :)

    They are all nice, but my favourites of your new silhouettes are the 1st, the 3rd, the 4th on the left column, and the last one on the right. :)

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    Thanks Killtoy, that helps me a lot. It's so good to have fresh eyes looking at things. I'm sorry I forgot to number the last silhouettes.

    Before I narrow down further, here's some head silhouettes. I'm thinking to mimic to profile of the crossbow, so maybe a crest. I looked at some prehistoric creatures. I'm not strictly looking for eagle-like at this point, just an interesting bird. The wingspan gives away eagle-ness enough, plus the patterns and colors will mix it all up anyway (once I get to that point).

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    Out of curiosity, and to help you better, what do you want the eagle to be? An antagonist, sympathetic, trickster, legitimate threat or nonthreatening (or just a random bird)? Will it symbolize anything?
    I ask since though I could say which versions I like, those likes are just what I myself would imagine the eagle to be like, which might be the complete opposite of what's needed for the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    Out of curiosity, and to help you better, what do you want the eagle to be? An antagonist, sympathetic, trickster, legitimate threat or nonthreatening (or just a random bird)? Will it symbolize anything?
    I ask since though I could say which versions I like, those likes are just what I myself would imagine the eagle to be like, which might be the complete opposite of what's needed for the story.
    Oh! Good question. The idea is for it to look and act as a harbinger of the divine, so intimidating, but in a strangely beautiful way. The basic plot dictates that for the first half, the protagonist is going to be fighting/ fleeing from this thing. Then the turnaround when she gets the upper-hand and recruits the bird to her side against the greater evil. There should be some kind of crest on the eagle that can be hacked off at this point.
    In the bigger picture, the bird comes to symbolize the grotesqueness of complete self-interest and blinding oneself to the needs of others.

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    Alright, so some final head-crest silhouettes. Since the crest will be broken off mid-plot, I've paired the full crest and the partial crest together. Thoughts much appreciated!

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    Alright, so some final head-crest silhouettes. Since the crest will be broken off mid-plot, I've paired the full crest and the partial crest together. Thoughts much appreciated!

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    and part two..

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    omg, what happened to these replies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parcel-Sisters View Post
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    Hey, If you're still looking for suggestions, I think the beak and head shape of #9 works really well. It has a more majestic look.

    As far as a crest goes, maybe I think you're #6 of your latest post looks good with the three spikes sweeping back. I think if the full crest had more of a swept back look or a spiked look it would fit better. At the moment the shape reminds me of a Cassowary when it's an eagle.

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