What a funny looking flightless bird the Cassowary is......
So prehistoric and like a dinosaur has mixed with a turkey!!!
Cassowaries have a reputation for being scary. Yes they could 100% kill you!!! They have one 5" claw on one of their toes on each foot, which they can use to kick out at fast speeds. Together with emus, they are among the few species of birds definitively known to have killed at least one human.......
Cassowaries can jump up to 1.5meters and run of speeds up to 48km/hour......
And if that wasn’t intimidating enough, a cassowary has the protection of its “casque,” a hard helmet thingy on the top of it's head!!!! Like a really big strong toenail - gross!!!!!!
Jokes put aside the poor things are becoming really endangered. Human activity in the past 10 years have driven the birds almost to extinction in Queensland. Dogs can kill cassowaries, as can feral pigs, but like many other wild animals, cars and habitat loss are the main factors to the decline. Particularly to a unique subspecies of the southern cassowary found in Queensland’s wet tropic region.
I tried to capture the devilish character of a Cassowary, with a "matter of fact" look on his face and a grin that says it all ....... I had a ball creating all the patterns and scaly skin. I rolled my watercolour paints around the page to create that bone / nail like helmet!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed every second.
Created with just lead pencils, then coloured with watercolours and gouache paints.
841 x 1189 mm
33.1 x 46.8 in
594 x 841 mm
23.4 x 33.1 in
420 x 594 mm
16.5 x 23.4 in
297 x 420 mm
11.7 x 16.5 in
210 x 297 mm
8.3 x 11.7 in
148 x 210 mm
5.8 x 8.3 in
Available in 6 different sizes: A5 / A4 / A3 - 300gsm Printed on Premium Embossed Linen (posted in a recycled sturdy padded bag, each print is individually packaged with backing board and a BOPP recyclable cellophane sleeve
A2- 260gsm Satin Poster Paper A1 (free shipping) - 260gsm Satin Poster Paper A0 (free shipping) - 260gsm Satin Poster Paper (posters are made to order so please allow an extra 5 - 7 business days for custom printing). They are gently placed in a recycled cardboard tube, sealed and then posted.
I have lovingly hand signed each print and the watermark over the illustration is obviously removed.