This is a very striking piece. Of course, the most interesting part of the process is invisible: the motivation to change the head from a skull to a bird...... I think it's an awesome visual either way, but the bird is certainly more unexpected, which I like.
Hey, thanks Sean. Yeah, I got to a point where I realized the initial idea of the skull just wasn't pushing the story enough. Like you said, it was more "expected" than the bird. If I have time to ponder a piece I like to let my mind wonder past the obvious imagery as much as possible. Gotta stretch that creative thinking muscle!