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Alex the African Grey by KristynJanelle Alex the African Grey by KristynJanelle
I decided that I needed to go back and redraw Alex the African Grey again, seeing as the documentary about him is due out this September (for the record, I can't wait).

For those of you unfamiliar with Alex, he was an amazing parrot whose name stood for Avian Learning EXperiment (Originally Avian Language Experiment but changed to avoid controversy). Along with primary researcher and founder of the project Irene Pepperberg, Alex forever changed the way people viewed parrot intelligence, proving that it's not always just mimicking, and that these birds are, in fact, capable of intelligence on par with a four to six year old child. Alex was able to count, identify shapes, colors, food, and sizes accurately, and was learning to read letters and understand phonetics as well as addition when he unfortunately passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 31, presumably due to heart conditions that couldn't have been predicted. His final words : You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.

Here are some links for those who would like to learn more about this amazing bird, and his successors, Griffin and Arthur (aka Wart) :
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And for the record... YES I am a very avid follower of Pepperberg's work, obviously xD

I do commissions! Check out my journal to help me raise money to major in Avian Science : [link]
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh Alex was amazing wasn't he? I have a book on him and have seen the documentary on him.Very smart
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. I am very excited because I am getting to do a portrait of him for the foundation to be sold on their website.
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats!! that's so wonderful!!^~^
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I am excited!
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful drawing! I also followed Dr. Pepperberg's work and of course, Alex. He was an amazing parrot! I cried when I found out he had died. What a shock for him to go to sleep in seemingly good health and to find out in the morning he had died. There is so much these parrots can learn to do with the right training. It really is fascinating! :sun:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, I couldn't stop crying when I read the book... every time ;-;
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a shame that they lost him. Beautiful bird and your work is awesome as always! :( :D
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
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