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Lonna Bowstripe by drawbackwards Lonna Bowstripe by drawbackwards
Pen & ink on bristol, 2006.

For my son -- one of his favorite characters out of the Brian Jaques Redwall books. Lots of talking, clothes-wearing, weapons-bearing animals. The runes on the wall are from a cipher in one of the books -- took my son 30 seconds to read the message back to me without consulting the key.

This is my first pen & ink in years. It was fun to get my hands dirty again, instead of just craning my neck over my laptop with my tablet. I like the feel of the paper and the smell of the ink (just not toooo much smelling). If you're interested in seeing the whole process from start to finish, I've posted it here.

I didn't know how to do a badger head, so I looked a bunch up. I used [link] by schultzy-1978 as a reference to do my initial sketch.

Lonna Bowstripe and Redwall are copyrighted, trademarked, etc -- all rights reserved by Brian Jaques and his publishing partners. Image copyright me...
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marshallvondelini Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Epic like
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
This is both an awesome-looking badger and a reminder of my childhood days where I memorized fictional languages with great aplomb. "Stark" is a great word for the black and white and the badger's intense eyes.
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Darksun106 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
awesome
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Thanks! :D
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
That's very well done and very sweet!
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thank you!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice sketch! Lona Bowstripe looks great the way you drew him.
The Riftgard script was a nice touch, too. Being the curious fellow that I am, I had to dig out the key to find out what it meant... lovely message! :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Thanks -- I'm glad you liked it! :D

My son was very into the Riftgard code when I started working on this, so it was natural to try to work it in. It ended up meaning a lot to him, so I was really pleased with it -- but it's fun that you noticed and enjoyed it as well... :w00t:
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Firestar9mm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
This is so gorgeous. Honestly, I don't believe I've yet seen a badger in simple black and white--which is strange, to have only seen colored works of badgers when they themselves are light and dark. The detail that went into this is apparent, from the fletching of every arrow in the quiver right up to Lonna's scar. What a thoughtful, lovely gift for your son. This is worth a Salamandastron eulalia. :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Wow, thank you! :bow:

You know, I've always felt much more at home with strictly black & white; this year, I've especially been working with larger blocks of black, trying for a more dynamic, bold sort of a picture. So thank you. Also, thanks for noticing the detail work -- I really wanted to make it just right for him... :D
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Firestar9mm Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
I've browsed through your gallery, and I must agree--compared to some of your other work, which are composed of thinner lines, the darker black is intensely striking. It's almost like the panel of a comic book, something noir and in-your-face like the old Detective Comics. I can dig it. :D

Your son must have loved the picture. I think it's wonderful that he loves a character such as Lonna--for beasts to look up to, one could do a lot worse than badger warriors. :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Cool. It's actually almost funny that I love these big thick black spaces now -- I had such a huge Jim Lee period, lots of tiny lines, many details, etc. But lately I've liked the noir-ish atmosphere that Mike Mignola brought to his Hellboy, or Tim Sale to the Batman series' he worked on. I just love that stuff now... :D

As far as Lonna & my son -- yup, he loves the badgers. I can't tell you how much I've absorbed about blood wrath, and he was explaining something with badger lineage that figured into that as well. All very cool stuff. He loves Star Wars too, and it's fun to have things to share like that! :boogie:
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Firestar9mm Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
I think that's just wonderful :) While I haven't any children of my own, I find it tragic to see people I know who aren't able to talk shop with kids about their hobbies. I think so many more people would have a better relationship with their kids (or their parents) if they could share things like that. How lucky for you!
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Well, thank you! :D

I agree with you -- I can't say that I'm perfect at making my kids the focus and creating time with them, but I can say that I'm working on it. They're great. Of course, I need to get off my butt and do the pictures my girls have asked for, but that's another story... ;)
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roguelioness Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
redwall is awesome!
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
It is indeed! :D
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Traxer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Wow. That's one of the most impressive badgers I've seen for a long time...you captured the character well and have an added dimension of -lacking a better word- uber-awesome-coolness. And...wow. Just really, really cool. I stand impressed, I do, at risk of becoming repetitive...wow.
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
:bow:

Wow, thanks for the kind words. Here I've been bummed to not have done more art recently, and then you come and really like the picture and all. Thanks so much! :highfive:
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schultzy-1978 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007   Photographer
I like it. Glad one of my photos helped you out.
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Oh cool -- I'm glad you like it! :highfive:

Yup, the photo was great -- it gave me just what I needed for the head, and I had never drawn a badger before. I posted the initial sketch (among the other drawing stages) as Lonna Bowstripe WP -- the first sketch is probably the closest to your photo, because I used the sketch as my reference on the final art board. :)

Anyhow, thanks for checking it out... :w00t:
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wishlist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
Awesome style...great understanding of contrast and dramatic lighting. :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
Thanks so much! The contrast, lighting, placing strong black & whites -- it's what I've been focusing on this year. So thanks for noticing... :highfive:
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benjywright Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
Redwall!!! Oi! Thou hast been favorited. :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
Thanks so much -- glad you liked it... :D
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Wenchworks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Very bold! I love the stark black and white--and yet, somehow, the badger still looks furry. Great job drawing the hands too. The one on the arrow is in a really challenging position, and you executed it perfectly.
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
Thanks! I've been focusing on a starker black & white approach this year, and I'm glad you liked it -- your own work is so colorful in neat ways. I really have no idea how to do that, it's so hard. I did like how the different areas came out with different textures, even just in black & white. ;P

...and it's very fun that you caught that hand. I posted the pencil progression [link] and I had to come back and back to get that to work. Thanks so much! :D
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cybercatmia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Great picture, I really like the use of black and white, it makes it look very dramatic :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Cool. Thank you so much :D
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very interesting style and well-executed design.
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Hey, thanks so much. Style-wise, I've been playing around with the strong black & white this year, and it's a major departure from earlier artistic styles -- so thanks for commenting! :highfive:
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Roae Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist
Hm... I love the style this is done in. :nod: Though the solid-ness of it makes it very unrealistic (in a good way!), there's a lot of energy in it, if you know what I mean. He looks very intense... There's feeling behind it. I just wish there was a little more detail to his eyes...

Eh... I cannot remember what book this character is from... :crying: ... I can remember the character himself, but the plot that goes around him eludes me. I'm pretty sure it's a book I have, though... Mind telling me, so I can look into this Lonna Bowstripe some more? :D

I'm faving this. ^^ Great job! Your son must have loved it. :nod:
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Thanks so much for your comments on the style. This year I've been working in very strong blacks & whites, with less shading/feathering and more larger blocks/shapes. It's been interesting, and primarily inspired by comic artists Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Tim Sale (Batman -- Long Halloween/Dark Victory), and Jae Lee (Inhumans). I'm still trying to figure out how I want to use it, so thanks for your feedback. :hug:

I'm told that Lonna is in LaomHedge -- a Redwall book. So maybe if you check there... :confused:

And yes, he says he loves it! :nod:
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Roae Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Hobbyist
You're very welcome! ^^ Sadly, I don't really know those comics... I don't read American comics very often. ^^; But I like how yours turned out, anyway. :nod:

Ah, okies. ^^ Thank you!

Great! :D
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Thanks! :D
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Roae Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Hobbyist
You're welcome. =)
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Keto-Galin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
Hey man, that's pretty awesome. =3 Love Redwall, but I can't say I know this character. Regaurdless, nice job and keep up the great art.
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Thanks! :D
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great...and also lovely that your son has a daddy who can draw/ink him great pictures! :D
I've never used pen and ink myself although I'm always doodling with a biro! ;) I want to get back into the art and painting again after xmas actually. My inlaws asked me what I wanted for xmas this year so I asked for any art tools. I have some watercolours and pencils but not much else. My father-in-law is a great artist and was a graphic designer before he retired so I'm sure he'll choose me some nice things. :)
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Wow -- I'm sure your father-in-law will come up with some of the coolest stuff. You can be sure I'll bug you for the inside info come Christmas. My parents got me a set of technical pens (with a cartridge you refill) years ago -- I've still never been brave enough to try the dip pens -- and I use a brush to do the big black areas. I'm doing lots less fussy detail and pretty much used the biggest pen in the lot, so I need to figure something out...

Anyhow, Merry Preemptive Christmas! :D
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be happy with anything really. Just to get me started again. :)

You should use the pens. Your work is brilliant and I'm sure you'll soon master them! :)

Hee hee (or should that be ho ho :santa: ;)) - Merry Preemptive Christmas to you too! :D
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Well, I had no idea you painted -- I look forward to seeing it after you've had a chance to get back in the swing of it! :D

As far as any brilliance -- real or imaginary -- goes, thank you very much! :glomp:

...I think I need to get the tree and some outside lights squared away so that my neighbors don't vote me off the island... :ahoy: :santa:
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not very good...well...I'm kinda scared of paints in that, I don't really know how to use them...and get heavy handed with watercolours...but here are a few arty pics that I have in my gallery...

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I especially like sketching faces of gorgeous women - [link]

:D
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Hey -- cool stuff! Thanks for sharing. :w00t:

Painting is really tough -- there's a reason why I don't go anywhere near it. Black & white I love to do, but some of the traditional and digital painting I see out here just kills me. These are very nice... :nod:
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for looking! :) :hug:
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
My pleasure! :D
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AhiramSu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Nice!

But, what is writed behind him?
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Thanks! :D

The writing on the wall says: "for the best son a father could have" -- por el mejor hijo que el padre nunca tuviera. I just wanted to do something special for him, and given his interests this seemed like the best idea.
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AhiramSu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
^^ Nice, I think your paternity (paternidad in Spanish, I'm not sure about how to say it in English) is reflecting in your drawnigs :D
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drawbackwards Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
I think "fatherhood" would be more commonly used, although paternity is also correct -- so you're doing great!

Ahora tengo que dibujar algo para mis hijas tambien -- como unos unicornios o (no se' como decir 'fairy') :D
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