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Dumbo by AustenMengler Dumbo by AustenMengler

Next in the 'My Shadows' series. Not to get all preachy, but I like to think this guy is an ancient elephant spirit come back to make ivory poachers in the world pay for what they do. I'd be a shame to bring this up if I didn't add a link to Save the Elephants - so do consider checking it out :savetheelephants.org/

I might continue the animal-shadows theme for a few more pieces too. I've got some other ideas brewing to include in Volume 2, and skeletons are really interesting to paint. Would love to hear what you think. Cheers guys :)

More shadows:
 The Picker by AustenMengler Robin by AustenMengler Tentacootie by AustenMengler My Shadow by AustenMengler Knife in the Dark by AustenMengler
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
Brilliant work! I've always liked macabre new takes on "cute" characters, and your vengeful spirit backstory gives this some real social relevance.
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, yeah I really liked exploring the theme of animal spirits in this one - might have to do more :)
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:iconfoxyandchicafan:
FoxyandChicafan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my goodness.


WOAH.
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:iconphoenixsm:
PhoenixSM Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Call me curious but what would you say if I wanted to feature your gallery in my upcoming novel 'Drake Willow'? Just a question. 
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:icontsnophaljakarax:
Tsnophaljakarax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student
Oh shit! This minds me of that Bladderhorn creature from that scifi movie/mockumentary 'Alien Planet'!
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:iconalexpechenev:
AlexPechenev Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nothing to say)just stunning)
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:iconsevenofeleven:
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
You will believe that a monstrosity could fly!
Or you can find this creature directly under the Monsterhattan Bridge.


Looks great.
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ah man, I should make another one that's flying! D'oh!!
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:iconsybilthorn:
SybilThorn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016   Digital Artist
This is fantastic! Would you by chance be willing to let me try my hand at coloring it?
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:iconcutecat213:
CuteCat213 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If this had been in the Elephant Graveyard instead of hyenas, Simba and Nala never would have gone exploring.
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work, love the composition and atmosphere and the elephant looks very ominous :love: added it to the featured folder of :icondark3sth0ur:
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
What a lovely freak
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:icongio-yuki:
Gio-Yuki Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student General Artist
owwww.... i find this one very cute... and sad :(

I love when you draw animal-looking creatures  (my english is not so good to explain it :S )

great job!
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I plan on doing way more creepy animal creatures :)
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:iconkovalentchick:
kovalentchick Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
funny creatureSherlock Holmes 
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:iconoriongalahad:
OrionGalahad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
wooooooooow! is so interesting!

i like it.



ps:is very great how you use the gray colours and shadows :)
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I was pretty happy with how he turned out too :)
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:iconmikajolly:
Mikajolly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is very gorgeous! A bit creepy though .. xD
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha totally! Gotta love creepy stuff ;)
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:iconevolutionsvoid:
EvolutionsVoid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
I love this creature design! The mix of flesh and insect-like parts makes this guy really creepy!
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, yeah I really like the decayed, realistic/exaggerated proportions and features :)
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:iconc0rwyn:
c0rwyn Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Weird chit. I like. 
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkirbyofthestars64:
KirbyOfTheStars64 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
I wonder what would happen if you did this to kirby XD
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:iconjimmy-faceless:
Jimmy-Faceless Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Excellent and good looking out for the real critters. If only this were real and could defend his brethren
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:iconnightdreams-art:
Nightdreams-art Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2015   Digital Artist
How cool! :)
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:icondingo-murci:
dingo-murci Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
like a virus
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:iconlittle-spice:
little-spice Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
 thanks I have my fill of nightmares for today XPNightmare Bonnie emote    seriously this is awesome Rockstar Fella ( Music Band ) 
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And you're welcome, hope you enjoy the nightmares!
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Holly shit this is so rad
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