Weavercat is a 22 yr-old female thing who doesn't know what she wants to do in life. A current art-student who has rediscovered her love of prehistoric critters. I'd like to be a scientific/medical illustrator someday.

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So for our 2D Design class we have a final project as half of our grade. This final project is based on either community-problem-solving with the arts or we can create a product to sell. Within the ‘Product’ category we have the option of doing an artists-book (in an edition of 3 all the same). 

I was thinking about the community-project but the thing is I don’t know my community very well and I’m nervous about talking about things. Product didn’t really catch my eye either. But the artists-book did. I could show who I am as an artist at this moment (it’s going to change so much I think) and I’m kinda thinking about working with the FaceBeasts. I would do the BirdFolk but… I dunno. I love em but I’m kinda nervous to share them. They are my babies and I’m not sure what direction to take with them anymore. 

I’ve said it in here, here, here , and here about how I kinda think about the FaceBeasts. With this artist book though I want to take most of the FaceBeasts (still working on a better name) to a more Paleocene/Eocene/Oglicene/Pliocene/Pleistocene themed place. It makes sense. But I want it as a field guide for them living in the lands with people. And there’s like three subsets of FaceBeasts: True Beauties, False-Beauties, and something more carnivorous/marsupial. And FaceBeasts are all mammals/marsupials except for the False-Beauties which can be kinda reptilian/avian. If anyone remembers the Beauty-Beast that would be a good example (outdated though) of a False-Beauty type. 

ALSO. Guys. Guys. Did you know that Pentel makes mechanical pencil-leads in red and blue? I am now the proud owner of a pair of pencils with just red and blue leads in them. So useful already. I am excited! Uh, since I’m babbling: What do you all think I should include? 

So far it goes:

  • Introduction-Creation Myths
  • Environmental Studies




  • Anatomical Studies
  • Co-Existence
  • Closing

What do you all think? I’m kinda winging it but I want it to read like a handbook/field-guide. :/ Tell me your thoughts in a message here, ask-box-ask,  or in a Fan-Mail thing. I really appreciate your thoughts folks. So, talk to me maybe?

So, ever since Wryd66 did an evolutionary explanation of the Paski I’ve been itching to do one for the BirdFolk. The BirdFolk descend from a single ancestor and are currently the only living members of the Avepezus (‘walking birds’) family.

BirdFolk Phlogeneological Study

The farthest ancestor that has derived characteristics similar to the BirdFolk is Avis nituifugax (splendid flyer). This small bird was beginning to give up flight and re-develop the long clawed fingers on it’s wings. Why? Because there was an abundance of food on the forest floor. Having to glide down from a tree is easy but to get back up they used those claws to climb back to their nests. This small, intelligent creature is the grandfather-bird of the BirdFolk.

Fast-forward quite a bit and a few smaller less-important versions of the BirdFolk. The forests have been both flooded by rain or fallen back to become plains and swamps. The current ancestor is Avis advena (migrant bird). Walking upright upon two legs they could peer about for predators. The hands of A. advena betray it’s close relationship to A. nituifugax. The hands are still structured for flapping and flying even though it is far too heavy to fly with marrow-filled bones. A. advena also begins to display the characteristic elongation of future BirdFolk in arms, legs, beak and neck. Genitalia in males is now external. A. advena is thought to have begun losing feathers on it’s body now. Webbed feet are present for life in the swamps. 

From the A. advena that lived out on the plains the species that developed was so derived that it warrants an entire new genus for itself. Asterias lophogigas (giant-crested heron) was massive and thick-boned. It needed to be large just to power the massive beak. A. lophogigas was for all it’s size, a seed-eater. With that beak it could have easily broken open the hardest, thickest, shelled-nuts and seeds. Avis advena and Asterias lophogigas were contemporaries but A. advena survived simply because it was not as specialized.

Fast forward another thousand or so years and here, things get murky. Aves nuncio (messenger bird) comes into being evolving from Avis advena. With A. nuncio's hands becoming pronated and prehensile a very important change occurred in the brain. The brain was being re-wired to interpret the world in a different way. It was being re-wired to better interact with the world around it. Speech, the use of tools, communal-living all appeared with A. nuncio and were a direct result of this re-wired, less instinctual brain. 

Within groups of A. nuncio another change was occurring. Aves ferrum (tool bird) were evolving amongst them. Larger-brained (compared to body-size) and less ‘stork-like’ these are the modern BirdFolk. Communities of A. ferrum were building complicated societies with new ideas and inventions. With the overwhelming technological-prowress of A. ferrum, A. nuncio was left to the far edges of the swamp where its’ species declined. It is thought that Aves nuncio is extinct but there are some strange BirdFolk in the far swamps that could be more closely related to A. nuncio than the modern A. ferrum. 

[A article in the World Daily Science Journal by Doctor of New Vertebrate Studies Ms. Smith.] ?

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    On birds, the wings are essentially hands. Three fingers that were modified into wings. In the BirdFolk, as they grew in intelligence they lost the ability to fly. However, they are still birds and a flap of skin connecting the arms to the body remains. This skin would have supported the muscles used to fly and feathers as well. In the Folk the skin flap remains. After humans arrived through a.. portal or whatever it is the BirdFolk were so enamored of the humans mode of dress that they wanted to imitate and wear it. The flap of skin presented a problem, because they wanted to be very much like the humans and mimic their ways. A practice was taken up to remove most of the skin there to make wearing the clothes easier. Purely cosmetic and now it is done at hatching. This is now known as ‘clipping’. Some of the clans and outlying groups of BirdFolk don’t do this. A female or male with un-clipped arms is an oddity and for some folk, it’s quite a kinky-fetish.

TL;DR Underarm skin is kinky for some BirdFolk. Also, yes that lady of ill-repute is smoking and wearing far too much beak-paint to be proper. 

BirdFolk (c) Liz Smith/Splitcat/Weavercat 2012