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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

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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!
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:
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
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:
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.
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
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! :)
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
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:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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