When David our joiner cut out the silhouette I realised
it had turned out like that of Batman.
I folded the paper (left) as a simple way of
blocking out the design; when I'm standing up I always
think the half-way up point on a board is higher than
it actually is. I painted those three horizontal folds
on the board to divide it into quarters then painted each
rectangle from head to down to tail.
The wings are cut out of another sheet of hardboard and
we're intending to have them pivoting on a bolt, perhaps
even with some kind of pulley so that they'll flap as
the bird appears.
I've painted the feathers in flourescent orange which
should give a suitably impressive glowing effect when
lit with ultra-violet.
I won't be surprised if one or two young children don't
have to be taken out of the auditorium in tears when this
monster budgie swoops into the story just before the interval.
That happened with the giant head of the Wizard of
Oz I once designed for the Pageant Players! It had
glowing eyes, it was lit eerily from below and the mouth
actually worked. I think we even had some dry ice smoke
billowing around it.