Bird character design

This week I’ve worked on the character design of the baby bird. I want him (her?) to be this sweet, joyful ball of life, but with a tinge of sadness in its expressions, and a feeling of helplessness in its movements (which also would link well with the fact that it is in reality an inanimate object).

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Early inspiration, helped me get a rough idea of baby bird proportions previously used in animation

Rough practice with this design

Rough practice sketches seeing if this design works

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Research, inspiration, and current/final design. Could be confused for an adult bird but for some reason I actually like that better than it looking too babyish. Might review later.

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