I've never had dogs or cats as pets just ducks. Okay, we did have an aquarium with random fish but I never really saw them as pets. I have to say that growing up with these loud, crazy birds for a good 15 plus years of my life has left nothing but indelible memories. I will always have a great love for these cheeky birds.
One of my favorite things to find is artwork depicting ducks all dressed up and showcased beyond the average feathered friend. Having pet ducks as some of your closest confidantes as a kid and through adolescence really made me see how these birds are more than just cookie cutter creatures. They are birds each with individual personalities and varying temperaments, quite humanly sometimes.
So with great pleasure, I share with you some wonderful renditions of my favorite animal shown in a fun and interestingly humane manner! Enjoy!
Lulu the Disinterested Lifestyle Blogger Duck (Source: DesignStylePop!)
Window Display Intern Mandarin Duck (Source: Hipster Animals)
Duck Girl in a Copper Dress (Source: Oscar Crow)
Fashion Plate Duck Diva (Source: Professor Tiny)
Hunting Ducks (Source: David Fleck)
Various fashion illustrations of Disney's Daisy Duck. I always liked Daisy's sassy attitude which reminded me so much of my female ducks. The first photo (top left) shows "Pinkie Daisy" inspired by Thomas Lawrence's famous painting of Sarah Barrett Moulton. The next image (top right) is from Amy Mebberson's Daisy Fashionista Sketches. The third artwork (bottom left) is ultra-skinny Daisy Duck modeling a Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Dress. And the last photo (bottom right) shows classic Daisy Duck in a Leopard print blouse. (Sources: disneyparkblog/amymebberson.tumblr/Barneys New York/CibyShop)
DuckPerson in a Yellow Pantsuit (Source: Lara Odell)
Punk Duck (Source: Lou Gardiner)
Anas 'Duck' (Source: Pamela Klaffke)
Royal Ducks (Source: Poor Dog Farm)
And last is artist Katrina Rhodes stunningly gorgeous portrait paintings of ducks from her 2011 solo art exhibit "A Handful of Civilised Friends". I am so in love with all her paintings! Rhodes' paintings definitely capture the beauty of these birds in a rather humanlike form with such great detail. Also, she presents such a whimsical reverse portraiture of ducks as the noble creatures that otherwise, in the human world, would be portrayed as the kept farm animal or the hunted prize. The ducks I knew certainly considered themselves as the highest form of nobility in our backyard kingdom!
"Our Most Sovereign Lord the King"
"She Dreams of Men and Foxes"
"Belmont Learns to Fly"
"Le trois cuchon" (The Three Pigs)
"Cordilia and Valentyne"
Closer view of "Cordilia and Valentyne"
This blog post is dedicated to my lovely ducks. Long gone but always in my heart...Brummie, Sade, Sidney Vicious, Simone, Duckie Dale, Yaz, Neil, Beatnik, Claude, Baby Dave, Teaspoon and even Seymore. Okay, maybe not Seymore! He wasn't a very nice duck.