Shy Tarsier Named Nee for Illustration Friday

A Shy Tarsier Named Nee, 8 x 10 Copic Markers and Multiliners

Tarsiers are naturally shy creatures, and Nee is no exception. In the continuing effort to come out of his shell he decided to take a one-on-one assertion training class from a small parrot named Louisa, who is quite famous in certain circles for her charming yet firm personality. When not working as an assertion training specialist, Louisa has a small side business in matchmaking. As you might imagine, she has a lot of overlap in clientele.

I’ve taken a small liberty with Illustration Friday‘s daily word Shiny. In this case, shy Nee. He’s got one ear cocked to take in all of Louisa’s wisdom but so far has been unable to relax.

I am happy with the tarsier but next time would take longer with the parrot and the trees, which were a bit rushed (and look it).  Thank you so very much for visiting, wonderful people!


Young tarsier reference photo.

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44 Responses to Shy Tarsier Named Nee for Illustration Friday

  1. nelleke says:

    hihi, shy Nee, I feel sorry for him…
    great experession!

  2. Linda Cash says:

    His expression is spot-on for his name. I love seeing how you changed Louisa a few times during your working on this. It’s neat seeing your process in progression as well, how do you do this? Love your copic work, as ever brilliant!

    • The Beast Tender says:

      Thanks so much! I have a CanoScan LiDE 700F scanner. I think it was under $80 at Amazon. It only scans 8.5″ x 11″ though that is fine so far because with markers anything bigger would use up too much marker ink. It’s right next to my computer, and when I turn my chair around, I’m at my drawing table.

      I’ve been doing the progression scans so long now that it is not hard to remember to stop and take a scan, though it was harder to remember to stop when I started doing it. ;)

  3. Mary Walker says:

    I like the description and drawings in the banner. The cow kisses is so cute. I don’t if it’s something that’s always been there that I just finally looked up at or if it is new. Either way it’s great.

  4. Oh Shy Nee, very very clever!! I knew a little girl once who one Lent decided to give up being shy and in 40 days she over came her 8 year old shyness so I have great faith in little Shy Nee. Lovely characters as always Cindy

  5. Abby says:

    Ha! Shy Nee! You’ve captured his personality perfectly.

  6. Wonderful artwork, Cindy! I could get lost on your blog. Creative idea for Illustration Friday…I’m still mulling over my drawing. :-)

  7. fados do lar says:

    This is so beautiful!!!! And i am still amazed about what you can do with markers. Lovely. Really!

  8. The Beast Tender says:

    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it.

  9. Ana Cristina says:

    Hi, Thank you so much for your comment and visit!

  10. khwhitaker says:

    Thanks for the visit and comment Cindy. It’s always nice to see that you have stopped by. I added some blown up frames and fixed the click for big thingy. Blogger does that sometimes and I often forget to check, so thanks for the heads up. :)

  11. khwhitaker says:

    You know, I realized that I forgot to comment on your illustration. I love his fingers! and all the patterns are great. I am a big fan of patterns.

  12. I love the “liberty” you took with the words, but I think his shiny eyes would have qualified it any way. He’s beautiful!

  13. michele thomas says:

    Love this guys expression. And your colour palette is so beautiful! Gorgeous subtle patterning on him as well. I like the trees.

  14. Ahhhhh! Favorite things – His clever little fingers and toes (meaning of course the way in which you executed them!) and his beautiful glowing green eyes. His whole attitude exudes shyness and makes me want to pet him and say silly things like “there, there”.

  15. I really love that you include different stages of the drawing – helps to explain how you created it well :)
    Great interpretation of the Illustration Friday theme too!

  16. Beth Parker says:

    How funny! Shy Nee! Love it! When I first saw it, I thought “shiny hiney”, since his skin doesn’t have a lot of texture. *giggle* Shiny Hiney. ha ha ha ha Love his fingers, too!!!

  17. I think shy nee is no tarnished tale. It shines.

  18. Leslie White says:

    As I visit and revisit your wonderful creations, Cindy, I can’t help but think these images would compile into a great series of childrens” books. The introduction to the different animal species and the fun and colorful way you render them would capture interest and promote learning for any child. Not that it doesn’t pique my curiosity as an adult, though, too! I’m not sure I knew of an animal called a tarsier, so I’m learning, too.

    • The Beast Tender says:

      Thanks Leslie (and everyone)! Maybe one children’s book with the alphabet in weird animals and their goofy tales. Hmm!

  19. OH you are so clever with your word play! You captured both the shyness of the client and the yakking of the bird very well!

  20. What a sweet faced dar’lin! Love his understated patterns. Even they appear “shy”. Great take!

  21. céline says:

    Beautiful drawing ;)

  22. Oh what a ShyNee illustration this is. Hahaha. You clever girl :)

  23. No liberty taken with IF word…great solution, I love it when the word is used differently!

  24. Jess says:

    I love the way your style shines through. :) Great design!
    Jess xx

  25. ShyNee, ha ha love him, so cute, i really like all your subtle layers of patterns.

  26. Your little shy Née with bright shiny eyes looks so cute!your characters are just awesome!love the patterns and the cute lil story!!!

  27. Curious Art says:

    Haha, that was a very tricky take on the topic! But when that adorable shy Nee is finished with his course, will you send Louisa over my way? I could definitely use some assertiveness training.

  28. It’s Adorable your shy nee!!

  29. “Shy Nee” – you are too funny!! Another creative solution, Cindy! I particularly like the tree in this one – very 1960′s!

  30. clara n. says:

    ADORABLE… this what’s called a bush baby??
    I was going to paint some of them too! Love it!

  31. mardi speth says:

    So many unusual critters in the world! I had no idea about half of them until you bring them to light, Cindy. Poor Shy Nee … he seems a bit terrified clinging to the tree, and may be thinking twice about Louisa’s advice. I like the variety of patterning you created in this piece, and the size differences of them. You keep me wondering each week what you’ll come up with!

  32. Great illo!
    I had to double check if I missed read the topic this week

  33. etudesque says:

    It’s pretty cool how you used detailed designs to “shade in” all of the shadows! Great job with the copics!

  34. Koosje says:

    Shy Nee, that’s brilliant! And i sure hope his training will help him, although I think he’s really cute just as he is!

  35. Athreya says:

    Fantastic as always! Love playing the stages over and over again :-)

  36. Sarah says:

    Ohhhh… SHy-Nee… hahahaha! I love how you used this week’s theme! He is adorable!

  37. Hehe – Shy Nee is very creative! I think it’s safe to say that there won’t be many similar pics for this subject! Tarsiers are cool-looking little creatures, aren’t they?

  38. Haha, very nice play on words. I think it’s great that you’ve “thought outside the square”!

  39. michele says:

    And I think most people will agree that once a piece is finished, there will usually be something else we would have done- That’s a good way to keep creating more art! :o)

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