Friday, December 01, 2006

A pinfeather here, a piece of down there...

I was describing to my friend Dave what happens when our African grey parrot has what I suppose you'd call a neurotic episode, which he's going through lately. He doesn't screech or bang his dish or do much else except...pluck. The poor fellow.



I bite my nails from time to time, so I understand, I think.

13 comments:

cdeboda said...

Just dropping in to say that i'm REALLY liking all of your sketches in your blog. I'll be back to see more.

william wray said...

Nice sketch, I have a Grey too. We are so lucky he never plucks. So far. He does get aggressive with me as he's "mated" with my girlfriend, But Generally we get along. Mornings are worst as he get energy and separation anxiety-- by the afternoon he clams down because he gets' focused on her coming home. Do you have him out of his cage a lot? we have out almost all the time and I think that helps. They are pretty neurotic, but who wouldn't be taken out of his natural world?

Jenny said...

Ha--Bill, it's amazing, the brotherhood(sisterhood?)of Grey owners--they have their individual quirks, but are overall so much of a flock, so to speak.
Usually our guy is a non-plucker, but you know how it is--any change, and--! A complete neurotic. Recently my husband (that's OUR bird's "special friend--lucky me, eh?)has been ill and so poor Dovetonsils here hasn't been getting exactly the amount of attention he's used to...but we've taken steps to rectify it. Much more quality time. : )
But we love him...our neighbors have a sometime-visitor of a military macaw, and every weekend he shows up next door I appreciate our grey more; GAD! the sheer volume!

the doodlers said...

Beautiful, soulful sketch. We feel for the bird.

boob said...

Wonderful doodles. Love the loosey goosey lines. They all look Cintiq to me. Very nice. I particualarly like your girls and their 30's flair in some.

Thanks for sharing!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Parrots have the tempermant and emotional needs of a 2 year-old child. If they don't get the attention they feel they deserve, then they just start tearing themselves up. It sounds like you have a good handle on the stiuation, Jenny. Good luck!
(Oh, I worked in a petstore for 5 years, and myt parents own a Grey).

Jorge Garrido said...

Wow! Look at the feather detail on his chest and near his wings!! I like the look on his eyes, too!! I'm putting this blog in My Favourites!

Jorge Garrido said...

Holy Crap Jeeny you worked on Space Jam? That was my favourite movie as a kid! What did you do on it?

Jenny said...

Jorge: thanks for the compliment! as for Space Thingy...well, Paul Fisher and I did preliminary character sketches. Paul's drawing of a Clampett-inspired "alien" is in the art of book.
The film hadn't started boarding yet, it was quite early. I don't think I have a credit on the film, but I certainly had a paycheck. ; )

david gemmill said...

i like this drawing!

Jenny said...

Thanks, Dave G.--and everyone!

miss 3awashi thani said...

i remember reading somewhere that parrots do that when they get lonely
great drawing btw ^^

Michelle said...

You've got GREAT drawings here. I love the feeling of movement and your line work is excellent. Glad I stopped by!