The imaginative artist specializes in placing anthropomorphized animals in emotive human situations.
Artist Lucia Heffernan's brood of fluffy chicks could easily be the star of any yoga class. Cool as cucumbers and flexible beyond belief, the undeniably adorable little birds apparently have no trouble curling their bodies into backends or contorting themselves into triangles and warriors and dancers. This is a theme that runs through Heffernan's work as the imaginative artist specializes in placing anthropomorphized animals in emotive human situations. Speaking to Forbes last year, she explained that when working on a particular painting, she imagines herself as the animal and pictures herself in their circumstances.
"What is around me? What props am I holding? What is my personality? I try to portray a consistent character for that scenario," Heffernan said. While her yoga enthusiast chicks are definitely a fan-favorite, the artist features all kinds of furry or feathered subjects in her paintings. Speaking of her creative process, Heffernan explained that she begins every painting by roughly sketching an idea or story on scrap paper. "Once the story makes sense, I look for animals, objects, different backgrounds and piece them together in Photoshop," she said. "During the painting process, I often add or delete objects that could make the composition and story stronger."
"I am constantly aware of real-life scenes that would be preposterous in the animal kingdom. Humor is everywhere," Heffernan added. "I take funny situations and common expressions and try to twist them into creative interpretations that would be totally ridiculous in real life."
Here are more of Heffernan's flexible fluffy chicks as well as some of her other anthropomorphized animal pals: