Steampunk Kangaroo, Copic Markers, and the Tricky Nose Edit

Good morning/afternoon/evening/dead of night, chums!  Thank you kindly for stopping in for another installment of farmyard steampunk animals.  Well, not exactly farmyard, I suppose, in this case.  But that is simpler than “another installment of steampunk herbivores with big, comical noses” which seems to be the more specific genre I am currently mining.  Or inventing!  No, probably not inventing.  :o)

Steampunk Kangaroo Initial Ink

The gadgets are fun to do, as are the Victorian-inspired details (the hair and choker). No hat this time, though I am rather fond of the owl-shaped device on the ear. I tried to get her to tell me the purpose of that particular gadget but she was evasive.  Very secretive, these inventor types.

Steampunk Kangaroo Color 1

Steampunk Kangaroo Color 2

Copic markers , hooray! I have a feeling I abuse them somewhat more than they are meant to be abused.  I have watched a couple youtube how-to videos where talented, soft-spoken young folk delicately paint and dab with their Copics. My own technique could not be characterized as delicate, I must say, with the possible exception of detail work with a 0.05 nib. But of course that is the pen and not the marker.  :o)

After a lot more ink, mostly outlining with a 0.8 and an 0.3 for the smaller bits, I decided I was finished:

Steampunk Kangaroo Final (not Really)

If you imagine her without the hair, she kinda looks like a kangaroo. Or a donkey. Or llama. I googled kangaroos, unsatisfied.  And decided the nose needed to be dark, as she is modeled on a red kangaroo. Which means going over another color and not being sure exactly what would happen. As I type this now it occurs to me I could have experimented on a separate sheet. Bah, caution. Here is what happened:

Steampunk Kangaroo Final (Really!)

Had to do the ear also.  Kind of hard to tell in these scans but the nose is dark grey but kept a pinkish tinge. I’m not sure that it makes it look more like a kangaroo, really. But I like it. So what do you think – should I have stuck to the pink nose?

In case you wondered, her name is Daphne and yes, she invented all her own gadgets. I think she had to outsource those flower-shaped gears, though. (Nice touch, right?) Thank you for visiting!

7 thoughts on “Steampunk Kangaroo, Copic Markers, and the Tricky Nose Edit

  1. Sheri

    Intriguing! I love these new innovative creatures and their wearable inventions. I think you could have gone either way on the nose, but I like the overall look of the final pic best. I’m inspired to get a set of colored copics and experiment with them myself (I have a set of black liners).

    Can’t wait to hang my Steampunk Llama! I feel privledged to own her!

  2. Curiouser@mind

    Ah, I have a soft spot for Steampunk as well as all sorts of critters! The baroque curls may make her less recognizable as a kanga, but add to the costume-y goodness.

  3. Gay McKinnon

    Now look here. I am an Australian and kangaroos do not have blue noses. Having said that, to hell with reality! I love the idea of a steampunk kangaroo and this is seriously OUT THERE. Thank you for jazzing up our neglected wildlife. thank you for making me look up ‘steampunk’ too, I didn’t really know what it was before.
    Re your remark, “I have seen tv shows where kind Australians raise gentle, baby wombats and they are so super cute”, I admit we have a special food called Wombaroo to feed baby animals… and they are cute … until they break your leg.

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Wombaroo! Hmm, I may have to use that as a new expression of surprise. “Holy cow” is getting a bit tired. Lovely to have you visiting again, Gay! I am glad the blue nose was only a very temporary upset. ;)

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