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Hunger Bird by AudreyBenjaminsen Hunger Bird by AudreyBenjaminsen

(prints and products at: society6.com/audreybenjaminsen)

I read Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” this summer, and It completely got me back into reading. 

This is my interpretation of one of the “Hunger Birds,” the willfully aggressive, world devouring varmints. When something is out of hand, or out of place, they devour.

They are the Cleaners. 

The image of them was so clear to me, that I couldn’t help but try to put it on paper. 

I also read that Focus Features will be adapting this story into a film that will be produced by Tom hanks and directed by Joe Wright. I would very much love to be a part of that. 

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:iconjoshuabar:
joshuabar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
Hey, can i use this for an album ArtWork? :) It looks fantastic!
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Melancholy42 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! I'm so glad you mentioned the film, I had no idea, and I am incredibly excited that Joe Wright is going to direct, his new movie Pan looks phenomenal!
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button-bird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The detail on this one is breathtaking.
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MasikaRain Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Well captured.  Those things were terrifying.
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Tellim-Komachi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this book too! And your design is great- well-drawn and creepy!
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Troyodon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to say it reminds me of another Illustrator but I just can't seem to put my finger or whom.
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Iskaeldt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Sunningly.... amazing artwork!
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KatDeNox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
... Epic *0*
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Stargate38 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I calculated how big such a bird would have to be. Here's how:

1. I used Earth's ~12,750 km diameter.
2. I figured that in order to devour the Earth, this bird would have to have a throat big enough to swallow it.
3. I used the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the length of this bird in image pixels, and the width of it's throat.
4. I multiplied that number by 12750/(the width of the bird's throat in pixels)=12750/37.336309405188938679261573124082
5. Resulting length, including tail feathers (you wouldn't expect this): 472026.18027110077615393876546783 km=293303.47040228861955799304901117 miles

That's HUGE! I bet it would weigh in at 10 Jupiter masses. Such a bird would be big enough to disturb our entire Solar System, if it passed really close to the Sun. If anything, this would be the largest bird in the entire universe! I wonder how fast it would fly. It's even bigger than that planet "Nibiru" which, as I expected, turned out to be a hoax.

If I miscalculated something, please tell me and I'll fix it.
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alex2east Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I like it!
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qoji Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
perfect job
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juliyore Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student
what an incredibly cool-looking creature! I love your interpretation.
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JckOfAllTrades Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, just wow!! : O
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Sakreon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks terrifying, but still amazing ;_;
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AlfredParedes Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool!!
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jakndaxta Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh my god that would make a sick tattoo
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Artmeans321 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work i wish dream with this :D (Big Grin) 
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Bimtav Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am in love with the textures here. Amazing work!
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
awesomely scary !
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amadeaux Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   General Artist
Wow!
Goodness, Gaiman powers the imagination like really nothing else, does he?  I just finished rereading "Neverwhere" (highly, highly recommended if you haven't read it) and I wanted to draw just about every scene in the book.  
Wonderful work, as always!!
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Miss-Ellanious Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
 Oh lord this is such a beautiful rendition of them :heart:
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himegirl15 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I saw that thing fly towards me I'd run.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really creepy, but such a great job on the details and shading :)
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theKampe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neil Gaiman would be so proud!  This is amazingly scary and perfect for the Hunger Birds!
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solarianfairy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
So dark! and magical! I love it!
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FreakyDreamerr Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Artist
Awesome, It remind me of Beksinkis art! I love it! :)
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Odettery Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Looks terrific!
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Fash-ion Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Delicious bird :3
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Moussedecappu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome (and scary, but mostly awesome =) ) now I need to find the book, this drawing made me want to read it.
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gregor-kari Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow awesome new style! how did you come to this texture? is it all just drawn with the pencil?
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zynoisy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
wow!
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TheDaveCreator Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one crazy demon bird thing. 
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opal2116 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks awesome!
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