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The Alex Foundation Donation by KristynJanelle The Alex Foundation Donation by KristynJanelle
This is just what the title says... The Alex Foundation agreed to let me draw Alex and they will be posting it on their website to raise money for the foundation. For those of you who don't know who Alex was, he was an African Grey parrot that was involved in an experiment conducted over 30-some years by Irene Pepperberg. He paved the way for avian intelligence research and was completely brilliant, but unfortunately died pretty young. You can read more about him on the foundation website here [link] and I would highly recommend reading the book Alex & Me.

I'll post an update when it actually goes up on the site, if anyone is interested in buying it.

Colored Pencil on recycled paper, worked on and off for three days.
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moondragonwings Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I have had several birds, and they can get so attached to their person, Alex got really attached to an intern, in all the videos I saw of Alex after the intern left, showed a depressed bird...I felt so sorry for him.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have several birds as well. I know how they are. I have never heard that about Alex and an intern. I do know that when Dr. Pepperberg was away Alex suffered from depression. Overall, though, he was a very stimulated bird. Got more attention and love than most birds ever get.
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FlyingMidnite Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your drawing are amazing!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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youvegotmaille Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
That is so cool! Love that you're supporting their work, and your birds are amazing.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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islammostafa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
wow your are so talanted
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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PrettyBirdie1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful :)
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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orchid22 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
You did a fantastic job on Alex, especially the glint in his eye. I have a grey also, his name is Echo. He is amazing, talks like crazy and knows exactly what he is saying. I bought him as an egg so he thinks he is human. He doesn't miss a thing, carries on great conversation..jokes and laughs at things he finds funny. Teases my two dogs which makes me laugh. These are such incredible creatures..if you think about the size of their brains and the fact that they communicate not just replicate in our language..it's truly mind blowing. I can remember watching Alex with fascination, he truly was a remarkable bird. I find if you keep them stimulated and in as a family member they respond by being part of the family, interacting as any member does.

Again great job on his portrait...just outstanding. :heart:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree so much with everything you have said. Although I did not raise my Amazon from an egg, I did raise him from only 8 weeks, and he was handfed before that. So he definitely loves being around people. He's really just amazing, as are all parrots. It's unfortunate how many people misunderstand them and think they are just mimicking. Although some do only mimick, others are outstandingly intelligent. My Amazon is only two. He is just beginning to demonstrate his understanding of the words he says and what they mean. For example, my Budgie is named Noah. I had Noah in another room for a while, and when I came back and put him in the cage next to Huntington, Huntington said "Hello, Noah" while looking right at him. He also says "Hello" separately to me, and says "Hello, Hunt" when he wants me to pay attention to him (since that's usually how I greet him).

Thank you very much!
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orchid22 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Oh he's still a baby just wait. If you give him the attention he will amaze you. Echo has about 500 hundred words and noises..that he uses to communicate, When he wants fresh water he will ask for a drink and rattle his bowl (he likes it fresh 4 ties a day! ) he will call over my 2 little dogs by name..he will look at them and ask if they want nummies (food) he will then reach in his dish a throw it at them and laugh. He will then start to bark like each of them and very firmly tell them to shut up and laugh. The list goes on and on.He thinks he is a comedian. Amazons are also very quick learners..keep working with your bird and he will be a jotous part of the family. Echo is 15.

This is actually my bird I put in this render [link]

Your very welcome
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha wow that's quite funny. Birds are just amazing :D
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orchid22 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Yes they are so thank you for getting the word out about Alex :heart:
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very well done and for a great cause too. I just finished reading Alex and Me, such a wonderful and sad story...
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It really is.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very impressive work! Scaled down it almost looks like a photograph. I'm particularly impressed with the eye and the textures on the beak. My grandparents used to have one of these grey parrots until a few years ago. The bird must've been over 40 years old. It was always interesting to leave the house and have a bird say "Bye" or "Nice weather outside".

I actually saw a documentary about intelligence in animals a year ago and there was a big feature on Irene and her bird as well. I never quite realized how intelligent some animals truly are. To have a parrot do math and birds from the corvus family figure out things primates couldn't, or to have a dog remember 400 names — it's truly astonishing. Last thing I heard Irene was training two new parrots.

PS: the link in your description is dead.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for pointing that out about the link, I accidentally put "http://" twice!

Yes, she has Griffin and Arthur. Arthur has a very different training program than Griffin or Alex did, he is helping research more into ways to entertain parrots that are alone for long periods of time. Different forms of mental stimulation. Griffin is following in Alex's footsteps and seems to be doing quite well with it. I can't wait to see just how far he goes.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahh I actually assumed both these birds would follow the same program. It might be offensive to say but I thought this time 2 birds would be trained in the same manner so that if one of them dies, the program could still continue. I know they can live for many years so it's a huge investment you loose with the death of one bird, in terms of time, money and more importantly science and emotionally as well.

Do you have any idea if all these birds have the same capacity and potential or if Alex was quite exceptional? I can imagine intelligence will differ per animal even within a species, and also its ability to learn or his interest to learn. I suppose sometimes the animal's personality could get in the way of the program.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree that it would be wise to have more than one bird in the program at a time to avoid having to start from stage one if something were to happen. Dr. Pepperberg has said she doesn't know if it would be moral for her to get another baby African Grey because she is getting older, and probably would not be around for the rest of the bird's life. I believe she sees it as being irresponsible, but I think from a scientific standpoint there should be another bird to carry on the work.

I believe Alex was fairly average. Dr. Pepperberg had a pet store employee select him randomly from a group of baby greys, so he wasn't chosen for showing any sign of superior intelligence. It is hard to say for sure until Griffin reaches the age Alex was, but it seems that Griffin is making the same, if not more efficient, progress. It's really fascinating. And yeah, personality could definitely affect it! Some birds are just clowns and wouldn't be able to sit still for it.
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g0ldfishl0ve Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work, I bet Dr. Pepperberg will love to see this. She is an amazing woman, I had the great opportunity to hear her speak a few years ago and the things she shared with the audience about this bird were just mind-blowing. This is a great portrayal of a great parrot. I really have never seen a person with so much talent for drawing birds.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! I have seen some people draw birds very beautifully though, I am not sure that I compare ^^; I hope to one day. I would love the opportunity to hear her speak, I have read her material and spoken to her a few times in e-mail but that is all.
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ihrtasab Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i read about Alex that was amazing
hes a wonderful bird great job
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Sternenmaskerade Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is so cute. Nice details! :)
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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AutumnxStars Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
he;s super cute :) this is a beautiful drawing looks so real like hes omg popping out of the paper being silly
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your Alex portraits! You do him a great service in your tributes! :D
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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dragonis-7 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Jeey, Alex! I like him so much. I think I'm gonna watch the website of the foundation.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Adeea92 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very realistic and great!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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selector67 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Excellent work, you are a very gifted artist Kristy! :clap:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Jarredsart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i really love around the eye such an interesting texture
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Jarredsart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
welcome
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely~ :meow:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Doodlekeet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   General Artist
I love that little touch of red :)
So detailed and amazing.....
as usual :D
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Nala15 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love Alex! :love: We'll miss such you, you wonderful, intelligent bird. :happycry: I hope you have lots of "banerries" in Heaven. :aww:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love how he called them banerris :love: so cute!
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Nala15 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Apple: looks like a cherry + tastes like bananas = banerry. :aww: He was super cute. :giggle:
RIP Alex. :rose:
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