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Calf by Crickatoo Calf by Crickatoo
Video speed painting/time laps of me drawing this piece can be viewed here: [link]

This is a Binoubu (species I made up) calf :).
The 'Noubu are ungulates that appeared in dreams I had the fall of 2010. This is a pic of an adult that I've been working on, on and off, for over a year:

I am being very picky with the detailing because I want to draw them as accurately as my unconscious imagination showed them to me, so it's going to take a while to finish that one ^^;

They're magical creatures that have amethyst like crystals form from their skull and spine. In my first encounter, I was sitting on a hill, and a herd of them were migrating in the fields below. A friend whispered to me "Those are the Binoubu. I've never seen one in real life before! I thought they were extinct. It's said to be very good luck if one looks you in the eye."
Shortly after, I made eye contact with one. Haha apparently my unconscious think's I'm special or something :XD:

Anyway, the reminded me the most of a strange cross between Elk and Gemsbok/Oryx in anatomy, and some had bongo antelope ish markings. And they were purple! :D

The calves had huge eyes and wisps of long hair (I exaggerated the eyes in this piece a bit). They have really derpy squishy faces XD

They've become my sort of go-to for art inspiration. Feeling down? Draw a 'Noubu. Art block? 'Noubu. etc etc.

Also, I don't feel like I should have to say this but you never know with people so... this is a closed species. Please don't make a character or anything out of one. They're pretty personal to me :). Thanks

`CricketWings
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jonesblachowicz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Photographer
I've featured this piece in a recent journal entry. :heart:
You can see it here: [link]

fave or feature the entry for additional exposure, and make sure to browse through the other works!
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's gorgeous! Your imagination is so vivid... And alive to be able to create such a powerful and immense creature... :love:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
alskdjf;salkj THANK YOU!! *wiggles* I completely blame my unconscious mind because these creatures visited me in a dream. I can't stop drawing them now! :D
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :D
Good, I'm sure I'm not the only person who wants to see more of them :meow:
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Celleno Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Do you think you'll ever finish that adult? I hope you get the chance to because it looked so beautiful. This calf is adorable with the large eyes. I also love your monochromatic touch to this as well as the shading. Very gorgeous.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gosh I sure hope so! It's been almost 2 years since I started it *shame* x.x
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whirl-wind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww this is so adorable, I love the Binoubu!
The eyes are so big and cute and shiny! :wow:

I love the ghost breath!
I wish I had awesome dreams like you! :)
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aaahh Jamilla you always leave the best comments ever <3333 I love you to pieces, you know that? :D
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whirl-wind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, actually.. everytime I cuddle my build-a-bear it tells me so! :giggle:
Haha I love youuu :hug:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
GOOD I HOPE THE BATTERY LASTS FOREVEERRRRR <3333
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whirl-wind Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so!!
I get mad everytime someone touches it without my consent, battery needs to last!!!
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
They're adorable :meow:
Those eyes are simply gorgeous :love:
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Raiinshadow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awwe cricket its adorable!!! :D<3
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Ritplatta Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
so beautiful!
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PinkPonyFarts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MORE PURPLE!! :iconepiclaplz:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WHAT LISA WANTS LISA GETS :D
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PinkPonyFarts Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWW YEH~ :iconfingerdanceplz:
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Fancy-Mustache Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that little shine in the eyes. Very Beautiful :)
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Shiny eyes are my favorite eyes :D
Thanks, Andrea ^____^
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Amber-Illustrates Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh it's so pretty! Amethyst is my favourite gemstone. You described your dream so vividly-I can't remember the last time I had a dream I could actually remember...apart from last night I dreamed I went to Scotland :XD: This came out really well, I loved seeing your video, great music too! :)
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My dreams are almost always crazy vivid! I love them :D Most of my artistic inspiration comes from my dreams :meow:
I need to remember to record more frequently. I've been neglecting my speed paintings haha XD. Poor youtube people.
Thanks :D
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Amber-Illustrates Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Sometimes I remember my dream for like 3 seconds after I wake up, then I never remember it again :XD: Oh well! lol Keep up the great work!
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Chistokrovka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
ahhhh what a lovely palette c: very beautiful work :heart:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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spottedhorse567 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, this picture is wonderful, love all the purple.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Purple is one of my favorite colors to work with :meow:
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spottedhorse567 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your welcome.
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Leafbreeze7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous!
I love the purple hues throughout the whole piece. It makes it look very magical and surreal. (:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Purple is one of my absolute favorite colors to work with :D
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Leafbreeze7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Just finished looking at the rest of your gallery; it's all so stunning! :wow: I've always wanted to be as good at digital painting, but I don't have the patience for it. I get waay to frustrated. (:
Keep up the amazing work, I can't wait to see more of it!!
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww! Wow thank you so much :D I've been drawing digitally since I was little ^^; Sometimes I worry I'll forget how to work traditionally haha!
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Leafbreeze7 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha, I understand. :D Yesterday I picked up a pencil and thought "What the heck do I do with this?"...seems like digital art and photography's taken over my life, haha.
Though sometimes I like to just doodle like I'm 6 years old again, not worrying about perfection. (:
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