When I came across these images this morning I could not resist sharing. Poised, elegant, and playful, Torigun is a series created by Japanese artist Sato which features gorgeous illustrations of Japanese songbirds in full military regalia. I love the intricate detail and realism that is included in these amusing personifications of such delicate little creatures.
If you love bird illustrations, be sure to also check out the Flora Fauna birds by Josh Brill. Simple geometric forms and bright colours are combined to create really luminous images. You can even buy prints from Lumadessa, with 5% of proceeds donated to Animal and Environmental charities.