the Piasa Bird

The Horror Bird of the Illini Indians!

 
The Piasa Bird is a legendary Native American monster who’s name means “bird that devours men”. It seems to be part bird and part snake, with antlers, scales, a beard, giant frightening teeth and a poison tipped tail. According to legend the creature acquired a taste for human blood during a war between the Illini tribes where he feasted on the plentiful dead laying about the land. Afterward the beast and it’s mate began swooping into villages to carry off children to devour in their caves or to drop them off the cliffs along the sides of the Mississippi.

The legend of the Piasa was first shared to westerners when a French explorer by the name of Father Jacques Marquette saw the image of the beast painted on a cliff face near a waterfall near what is now Alton Illinois. Originally serving as a warning to travelers, this impressive painting has been restored by locals and today is treasured as a historical landmark and can be seen here. Now’s your chance to create your own potential historic landmark or just a giant naked bird, entirely up to you.

judgement Is Complete

our judge Our Judge this week was Mr Eric Smith, one of my favorite Creative Directors of all time, fan of chevrons, serifed font faces, and doubled rules. Long time friend (who’s door hosted the final few months of the in office MBW competitions) and quite possibly one of the most entertaining drinkers that I know (see judges note below). He also has to wear the official badge of only judge to not actually meet the judging deadline… tsk tsk Smith!

A note from our Judge late as he may be Judging is based primarily on how much I think I’d like to drink with the artist. Technical ability be damned.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 7

the Piasa Bird Entry # 7

My lord how high are you? Ha! it’s like a Yes record, crossed with Tomb Raider crossed with hell I don’t know a print from the giant peacock store? That thing is amazingly creepy and you gotta love the trashy sheer skirt… nicely done

Judge’s Commentary

I don’t know why but I like feeling stupid and I have no idea what’s going on here. It’s so far off the mark that I’m hoping some savant lunatic weirdo is behind it and I’ll “get it” in about 5 years.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 9

the Piasa Bird Entry # 9

Oooh second kinda pretty one in a row, love the bazillion pointy feathered wings and the fact that it would look sweet ass on the side of a van or firetruck or something big and wheeled! Plus he kinda looks like Alf!

Judge’s Commentary

This would look awesome on the hood of my ’85 Fiero

the Piasa Bird Entry # 2

the Piasa Bird Entry # 2

I know they don’t weigh that much when they are little but somehow i would’ve thought this guy’d need bigger wings to carry around a belly full of young ‘n. High hopes i suppose…

Judge’s Commentary

I’m picking this one for the kids. It looks like it should have a name like “Goo Goo” and be the protagonist in a story about how ignorance is bliss.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 1

the Piasa Bird Entry # 1

A pic from the famed Piasa Senior Prom 1647. Man those birds partied that year and the cliffs never hungered for blood… You know… I totally forgot antlers…

the Piasa Bird Entry # 3

the Piasa Bird Entry # 3

Alright so “BooKawk” got me pretty good, and I don’t know if a torsoless T dripping T juices and phrases could ever be unfunny. Good varied textures and I love the little bubbles.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 4

the Piasa Bird Entry # 4

Yum Yum Eat ‘Em Up!Ha! Kinda adorable! Plus those are borderline moose antlers which i love… and while it entertains me to no end when you copy each other I’m gonna point out that rattles themselves are not famously poisonous.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 5

the Piasa Bird Entry # 5

Oooh going heavy on the snake, I kinda like it! I assume those are wings on either side? And the face on the twerpy kid on the right is some amazing combo of duck and alien that i bet you couldn’t recreate if you tried!

the Piasa Bird Entry # 6

the Piasa Bird Entry # 6

Yes! nothing like a gooey head for a snack, gotta keep your energy up if you’re going to patrol the entire Mississippi river valley, and there’s something about this dude that reminds me of a Garbage Pail Kid, and that’s a good thing!

the Piasa Bird Entry # 8

the Piasa Bird Entry # 8

You know that’s a pretty seamless melding of tough right into cuddly. I love his fuzzy little noggin, and for a second i thought he had balls on his tail but i’m thinking those are more like clobbering horns.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 10

the Piasa Bird Entry # 10

Oh noooo! Smith how did this happen? I take my eyes off you for a few months and you end up Piasa Fodder? I wonder if the bird will get his eyeballing pixel distance ability from eating his brain?

the Piasa Bird Entry # 11

the Piasa Bird Entry # 11

Man that is an excellent representation of a proper skewering! And just enough Piasa-y additions to not make the Sendak clan too angry. Again my question starts with the teeny arms, how does he get him off the tail for devouring?

the Piasa Bird Entry # 12

the Piasa Bird Entry # 12

Get it? He’s a big bird! And so fresh from saving the election (well I assume it’s possible some of you might be sad) I’m digging the ribbed tail, and god knows hands don’t get much better than bird’s! Also noted that you too forgot antlers.

the Piasa Bird Entry # 13

the Piasa Bird Entry # 13

So I woulda think there was a wee baby missing from this one but the tie hanging out of the mouth might actually signify a full missing family? or does this dude just like wearing ties and that’s the closest you can come with no arms?

the Piasa Bird Entry # 14

the Piasa Bird Entry # 14

Man that is a fantastic beard…Now forgive me for this one, but it looks a bit like he’s satiated his hunger for flesh and he’s now he’s testing the flexibility of his magical frame to satiate his other needs? That or jusy a little nip of tail poison?

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