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Lilly, enjoyer of owls
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Hello, I'm Lillyanne, but I usually go by Lilly (she/her)!

I'm a recent graduate (BFA in Animation/Illustration) based in central California with a lifelong interest in animals. Specifically, birds, of course (seeing as how I've registered for an account here haha), but I have a particular fondness for owls due to the works of Kathryn Lasky. I initially read her series, The Guardians of Ga'hoole, back in 2008, and it was only after rereading the books at the beginning of quarantine did I realize "Oh wait, adult-me still thinks birds are really neat!"

Since that realization, I've been reading any paper I could get my hands on about avian biology and behaviors, and I have an absolute laundry list of books that I'd like to read as recommended directly from the r/ornithology forum on Reddit. While I will always be working to improve my own understanding of avian illustration/anatomy, my future goals as an artist are to create resources for other artists learning how to illustrate/depict birds as well. My current working project is a visual 3D library of the current extant genera under the order of Strigiforme, because, while I very much love the owls of North America, I would also love to see more depictions of less familiar species!

Although I don't have the means of transportation to go birding just yet, it's definitely something I would like to pursue as a hobby in the future, both for artistic reference and just for myself! I was recently on a family trip to Lake Tahoe and by chance, recognized a Stellar's jay (horribly blurry photo attached) outside the cabin. That absolute excitement I felt at being able to recognize this single bird is one I would absolutely love to experience again, so I'm looking forward to birding opportunities in the future!

Also, I will very openly admit, the only reason I'm familiar with Stellar's jays is because one of my party members in my Pathfinder 2E group plays a character whose design is based on them haha.

Other than that, I consider myself quite a boring person, but I do like talking and I do like birds so I'm very happy to be here heheh! It's been a good several years since actively participating in forums of any type, so I look forward to meeting the rest of the community here :D


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Hi Lilly and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators. I hope we may see more of your pictures in the Gallery too.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
Hi there and a warm welcome to you! (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like. ;)
Thank you both very kindly for the welcomes! :)
The majority of my work is more character design/stylized than accurate depictions, so I'm hoping to brush up on my skills a bit before posting anything heheh. I'm sure I could find some old photo studies if I dig through the files though, and I eventually hope to start working on a solution for how to stylize feathers for 3D sculpts so I hope to share those in the future as well!
Hi, welcome to the forum. I think you will find us a friendly and helpful group.
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