Explore the Widsy Waddle! For Illustration Friday

Explore the Widsy Waddle! Steed Rental
9″ x 6″ Copic Markers, fine liners, white gel pen, digital text

For the topic “Explore” at Illustration Friday.

I started off with a giant bird but got frustrated with the wings and went back to my old standby, the horse beast! I was going to put a fairy or some other humanoid on his back but then I thought about my imaginary advertisements like Llama Genie Airships and the Elephant Shrew Urn.

Now that I’ve got a handful of these I should do a series. And then a book! Alternatively, I could build on all my creatures who live in the Wonder Woods, merge the advertisements into the same world, and write a historical document and/or  book!

It’s fun coming up with potentially original, commercial ideas! Doing them, on the other hand – much more tricky!

Progress pics below.  (Hmm, I should add a shadow at his feet.)  Please feel free to leave a note, and thanks for dropping in!


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26 Responses to Explore the Widsy Waddle! For Illustration Friday

  1. I’d pay to have a ride! He looks like he might amble along amiably. Love your caption and of course another great piece of work.

    I think you should definiately do a series and get them published.

  2. Myyna says:

    You have incredible fantasy! It’s amazing. Love it!

  3. Yes, I like the idea of a foot shadow. I really adore the shapes of his snout and tail. How I’d love to explore such a preserve!

  4. khwhitaker says:

    Now that is one cool ride ;) I’d love to rent him but he’s a little out of my price range :D

  5. pflaumart says:

    Very cool! Would make great coloring pages for my students!

  6. clara nilles says:

    Wonderful and Wacky Waddles…..gotta Wuv them!
    Great idea on the series of advertisements. There’s a sorta vintage feel to this one….more of them would be awesome. Maybe a series of Waddle carousel creatures??

  7. Sue Jorgensen says:

    I LOve this :) Obviously of fine pedigree!

  8. Leslie White says:

    Cool Steed! I’ll just have to look on, though. Can’t afford a ride. Smile.

  9. Mom says:

    I’m ready to take a ride!!! Love the book idea!! Love, Mom

  10. Elika says:

    Awwwwwwww! this is so adorable haha
    I love the blue color <3

  11. nicky linzey says:

    I love his tail. He looks very comfortable as though you wouldn’t fall off easily!

  12. You create the most vivid and remarkable beasts!

  13. carolmarden says:

    This is wonderful! Great colors and layout, and the overall design works really well.

  14. Woah! That’s quite a beast! Although I am totally unfamiliar with such creatures, I wouldn’t hestitate to climb in that saddle with such a docile expression on his face! Hopefully that’s not just an act on his part…

  15. Beth Parker says:

    HA! This is amazing, Cindy! You have the most vivid imagination and you draw details so beautifully! LOVE this one very much!!!!!

  16. Rita says:

    Kind of steep, but I bet it would be worth every penny…sign me up!

  17. Yara says:

    It’s a wonderful illustration! Really an adorable horse beast. Love all the details and the expression of his eye. So original, but this one makes me think of animals in Star Wars. I would ride that horse :)

  18. Ana M.F. says:

    Beautiful creature! I love the light blue and pink you use and the eye makes it look very approachable :)
    The ride is kind of expensive for me, need to start saving some money!!

  19. Oh please please please can I have a ride on The Widsy Waddle!! And I think my little boys would go one too!! What fun! Especially love his saddle and anklets!!

  20. What a wonderful creature! I love his feathered hooves :) And yes! The book sounds like a great (if not absolutely compulsory) idea! Sign me up for a copy :) xx

  21. Kate says:

    I LOVE this image! I have followed your blog for a long time, and you are so wonderfully creative! How do you remember to take so many progress shots? I just get so into it that I rarely manage this.

    • The Beast Tender says:

      Hello! It definitely took a while to get into the habit, but it’s all part of the process now because it helps me look at the image in a different perspective (on the computer), particularly toward the end. As you’ll see in the next post, I don’t always do it! Thanks so much for your comment!

  22. That’s gorgeous!!

  23. You and your work are so inspired :))) i am totally charmed by this animal! i want one of my very own :D
    great work, all of it and lovely blog too!

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