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Mr. Crankypants by DarthFar Mr. Crankypants by DarthFar
Large, nocturnal, and clothed in blotchy green plumage, the Kakapo is the world's only flightless parrot. The birds are native to New Zealand and was the islands' third most common species, but were driven almost to extinction by human colonisation (from Polynesia and Europe) and introduction of mammalian predators. Now, however, with conservation efforts, the Kakapo population has risen again, although they remain classified as critically endangered. As of June 2011, there are 131 Kakapos in existence.

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I told Tank Magnet to pick an animal, any animal that she wanted, and I'd draw it for her. Well, we couldn't decide on any one animal since there were apparently "so many!"; in the end I declared, "The hell with it, I'm drawing you a Kakapo." And that was that.

Mr. Crankypants named by TM because he looks like an animal crime boss of some sort, she says. Personally, I think she's been playing too much Godfather.


Drawn with Caran d'Ache sepia pencil, then scanned and painted on Corel Photo Paint. (I was aiming for the vintage illustration plates look). Photo references used, of course.

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:iconladycorvidaea:
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work! I love kakapos
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:iconseaspryte:
SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am totally amazed with you skill. I love the details and the colors on this.
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HA!!! You're a beak geek, too. I love this guy, what a cool bird! Bird nerd, bird nerd! And he's got no pantses. Just crankies.

My current favorite tropical bird is not endangered or anything. It's a booted racket-tail hummingbird. What a fun, ridiculous creature! [link] [link]
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Well, maybe he's cranky because he *has* no pants? :rofl: Have never seen a booted racket-tail hummingbird. What shiny feathers!

[It is so good to see you around here again, Nan. I was wondering where on earth you'd gone. :D]
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couchmochi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He's lovely! I love his face! He looks so smart. :XD: And i'm suprised it's painted digital! :O Doesn't look like it.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww! I love this. I would definitely say "success" on the vintage front. It looks lovely. :aww: I love this style!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much! :D [and sorry for the late reply...]
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries, I know how that goes. ;)
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studio-emi Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a beautiful piece! Great work :D
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you very much! :)
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studio-emi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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cheekytosspot Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my goodness kakapo!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
:laughing:
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Love this illustration, great work!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Firera Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
[link] Have you seen this? XDDDDDDDDD

Happy cranky bird indeed. XDDD
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Shoulda just called him Randy, huh? ;)
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:iconfirera:
Firera Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Dandy Randy ;D
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work! I really like how you painted this. :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconzardi:
Zardi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I was just reading about kakapos the other day on Cracked. And now I see this little guy.

It really does look vintage, so great job with that part! He is cute despite looking cranky, and you did a beautiful job with his feathers.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconjardel-karabella:
Jardel-Karabella Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw the title I thought this might be a self portrait...
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:iconnotyoursteppingstone:
NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! :thumbsup:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Bastard. :laughing:
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:iconricky-roo302:
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
PERFECTION, Darth! ...should be hanging in a nature museum, or perhaps a postage stamp....
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much, Ric (and sorry for the late reply!). :D And aye, I love old postage stamp art - some of them were just perfectly gorgeous.
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RilwenShadowflame Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I think it's the almost 'whiskery' cheeks. :lol:
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
There's a great video of a British or Australian conservationist who went to check'em out and the bird decided he took a fancy to'em.

The poor guy got beat upside the head by this big and very happy bird's wings, and his neck clawed.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Oh yeah, I saw that video. Hilarious! :rofl:
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I know, that was such a happy bird!
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mandalorianjedi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I call shinanigans! I see no pants!
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buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   General Artist
Well, if he isn't the most adorable animal crime boss I've ever seen!:D

Also, I didn't know sepia pencils existed until right now...ahehe...
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
:rofl: And a tad disgruntled, if I might add.

They're colour pencils, lol. You can buy separate ones at art shops, rather than whole sets in a tin. Caran d'Ache's Pablo line are my favourite medium for doing linework. I'm quite well stocked up on sepia, vandyke brown and cocoa.
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buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   General Artist
I'll have to keep that in mind if I decide to buy some (very likely, now!) The only pencils I own are a set of Jolly pencils...the 5B one is getting quite short.
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ocelott Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
But he doesn't have ANY pants, let alone cranky ones! Which... might be why he's cranky, actually.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
... Actually, I think so too, Occy.
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
...I love this. This is phenomenal. Please tell me you've seen the video with Stephen Fry.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thank you Sass. And I assume you're referring to that video of a kakapo attempting to copulate with Mark Cawardine while Fry makes all kinds of horrible remarks? ;)
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They are *wonderful* remarks! And yes. Obviously.
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jendy-4 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Kakapos are everywhere!!!! Seriously, every day this last week, I have run into Kakapos withou t actively searching for them on the internet. I am very much okay with this since they are so fraggin' cute!

Love this by the way. It's got such a nice old-fashioned look, like you would see in an old bird catalog, or some adventurer's journal. LOVE!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
:rofl: Just your week for Kakapos, huh? Thanks very much! I was aiming for the old bird catalogue look.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work Far =D
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