Kingfisher and Mouse Deer, Copic Markers

Kingfisher and Mouse Deer, 8×10 with Copic Markers and Multiliners

This is a kingfisher named James who allowed the king thing to go to his head a bit. You may be asking yourself how he got a notoriously shy mouse deer to act as steed. Well, it’s actually a cardboard stand-up with metal supports for James’ weight. ┬áHe has another in the shape of a French bulldog. And the crown? Belonged to a doll named Emperor Imperious. Oops! I meant “action figure”. Don’t tell him I told you.

I originally started the mouse deer (not to be confused with a deer mouse!) a week or so ago. But her legs were too short and she was too close to the bottom of the illustration board I was using. Then a couple days ago I thought about what I might add and this kingfisher seemed like a fine candidate.

I think I like the sketch a bit better than the color version – probably because I didn’t plan the color very well. Ah well, back to the drawing board!

Kingfisher and Mouse Deer, Pencil

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Mouse deer reference. Kingfisher reference.

20 thoughts on “Kingfisher and Mouse Deer, Copic Markers

  1. Sarah

    He definitely looks like he’s taking the king thisng too seriously! This is great! I love the combination of the timid mouse deer and demanding kingfisher.

  2. Nancy Vo

    Nice to find your work (via IF). I like how you show your process. The colours are “beastly” brilliant. I will have to show my daughters after they are done school today. One of the books they enjoy is, “Mixed Beasts,” illustrated by Wallace Edwards.

  3. clara nilles

    Cindy,
    Love the mouse deer and kingfisher…..what an interesting combination! And LOVE the images of evolving sketches……what a great idea to share your fans!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Clara

  4. Bella Sinclair

    Popping by to see the new additions to your exotic, colorful zoo. Oooooweeee, you do not disappoint! Hehehe, love the regal look of authority on the king’s face. Priceless!

  5. Ian T.

    What an equisite picture! Your animals are so wonderful and the composition is strong and eye-catching. I wasn’t convinced I needed Copic markers, but your picture is making me reconsider!

  6. Leslie White

    I like the composition in this one, Cindy. The addition of the circular shape in the background helps to push those guys forward and balance the work. I admire your ability to create these wonderful creatures! :)

  7. Gay McKinnon

    Oh, I love him – he has a sort of cranky kingly don’t-mess-with me look. I like the colour, especially the kingfisher himself, but maybe the arc of the background draws attention to itself and away from the main act. Now, you’ll think I’m dumb but is there really a mouse deer or a deer mouse? (We have kangaroo rats, but not rat kangaroos).

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Bah, I’d never think you’re dumb. Nice to see you! There exists both a mouse deer and a deer mouse! The mouse deer photo I used is linked above. And here’s a deer mouse. :)

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