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December 3, 2006
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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
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.
Darksun106 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
drawbackwards Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Thanks! :D
wadifahtook Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
That's very well done and very sweet!
drawbackwards Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thank you!
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! :)
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:
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. :)
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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