Chicken Melee is the centerfold illustration for the sixth story in The Book of Bartholomew: Claire. I had fun making this illustration of my neighbor's chickens. Thank you Meghan. I discovered that taking close-up pictures of chickens is near impossible because they are in constant motion. I had more chicken out of the picture than in. But I was able to pull together this illustration before being all clucked-out. Chickens are funny because they don't have much regard for each other: they walk over and into each other, poop anywhere, freak-out when other chickens are acting odd and will even peck each other to death. When the situation is right, perhaps when they are shut into a small area and a disturbance happens, the you can have a chicken melee. All feathers and cackling and crowing and feet scratching and pecking. It can be quite a sight.
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Claire will be published on Friday, November 9, 2012 at www.bookofbartholomew.com