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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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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   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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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks very much! :D [and sorry for the late reply...]
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   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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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you very much! :)
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