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. He 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!
Thanks for visiting!
Mouse deer reference. Kingfisher reference.
Love the detailed backstory
Awww, the Mouse deer is so cute – he does indeed look shy. And the Kingfisher looks imperial – like Napoleon, if he were a bird.
great composition and coloring.
Cindy, you’ve really captured the natures of these two creatures. Even better, your postings are now coming to me via email!
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.
Great Kingfisher! Totally lives up to his name! And fun story as usual:-)
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.
I like the comparison to Napoleon. He does seem rather self important creating his own pedestal.
Whoo-Hoo!! The mac let me comment!! The cosmic forces have changed!! (Or wordpress has gotten some sense)
Insanely good work!! I need me some of those markers too!
I like the color. Great kingfisher, too. These just keep getting better and better :)
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!
You are amazing & so talented!! Not that I’m prejudiced! Love, Mom
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!
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!
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! :)
Beautiful drawing, Cindy! Such a lovely characters!))
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).
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. :)
Argg this is adorable! xx