The Birds

‘The Birds’ is a play by Aristophanes which tells the story of two Athenians who are trying to create a new kingdom in between Earth and The Heavens. Within the play there are a variety of different characters such as birds, humans and Gods and this means there is plenty of opportunity for creative designs.

We were asked to select our three favourite characters and do some initial research to give us an idea of what designs we could do; in particular looking at Greek period costume, pottery, tapestry, Renaissance costume and also human and bird anatomy. This led to many ideas which I have documented in my sketchbook. My three selected characters were Procne, The Owl and Posidon.

Once we had done this, we then had to select our favourite design from the three, and create 2D colour drawings alongside a 3D model mannequin. Here is my design for Procne, accompanied by two other designs from fellow course members.

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