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Derkbabies by Kecky Derkbabies by Kecky
I recently bought The Tough Guide to Fantasyland and read it for the first time, and then of course I had to reread Dark Lord of Derkholm right away (It's based on/inspired by the Tough Guide, in case you didn't know!). And there's that part in the beginning where Derk is fondly remembering baby Shona and kitten-sized Kit "rolling around together on the living room rug" or something and I just went buhhhhh and put down the book and drew this.

I forget how much I love this family! They are so close despite the fact that they have siblings of an entirely different species! Also, I have never drawn a griffin before, let alone a baby one, and I am probably going to have to do some bird research and then draw a lot more, because they are fun.

On tumblr: [link] (please reblog instead of reposting, thank you!)
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Shinsanagi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect ! Thank you for this ! Not enough Derkholm fanart out there. This book deserves so much more love !
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theGrayStray Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015   Traditional Artist
This! This is so ADORABLE! :love: Kit looks so fluffy and huggable~
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JadeEmptyGlass Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
This is the best thing I've seen in a long time. Thanks.
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kamiiyu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Absolutely adorable. I love that book and I've read it more times than I can count. I love the image of them rolling around, playing and I think you captured it perfectly.
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bauble123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely perfect! The adorableness... I never imagined Kit as so cute! But, after all, Kit and Blade are "basically twins". Yes... I love this too much!
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evilhamster13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so perfect and adorable ;__; I'm glad to know people are still remember and appreciate this lovely book.
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Menziesii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this book!!! I love your illustration!!! :happybounce:
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just finished reading this book, and the baby Shona and Kit are melt worthy. I didn't realize the book was based on Tough Guide! I'll have to look for that.
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TehhPagliusi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Absolutely cute! love it so much =D
right to my favorite this shall go ;P
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itslikebia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Adorable!
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astrophrenia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gooodddd
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god you are like one of my favorite deviants at least partially because of the attention you give to diana wynne jones just
wow ok this book was one of my favorites an just looking at this picture gives me warm fuzzies~
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Peachkid4 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
this is probably one of my favorite books of hers, along with "The Merlin Conspiracy"...and yes, that is such great scene and you did it justice in your drawing!
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AngelLilly Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I've never heard about this either, but it looks really interesting. I may just really enjoy seeing adorable small children displaying innocent affection though. Hmm.
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fireworksinice Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. I loved that book, wow - definitely have to reread it now! Lovely picture, very cute! :heart:
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lululetti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's adorable! :D
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kjtgp1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
awww so cute!
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rainbowyarn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE DLoD's not among my favorites of Diana's books, but there are a lot of fun characters in it. This picture's super adorable. <3
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I'd say it's one of my 3rd-level favorites! Which still means I like it an awful lot, haha. But yeah, the characters are the best part!!!
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rainbowyarn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Hahaha, I just realized Shona's pulling on a chuck of Kit's... flesh? What is it called on a griffin? Ah well, like a cat. I love the way they're squishing all over each other.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Umm, fat rolls? that's what I'd call it, anyway, haha. I was just thinking about how babies do that because they don't have any concept of gentleness yet, and usually it ends up with one of them crying, but I guess griffins are tougher!
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rainbowyarn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
and by chuck I mean chunk; is there no way to delete one's own comments? =(
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally adorable!
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MimiTrammell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. The adorableness of these.

Please, remind me of the author of Dark Lord of Derkhom? I read it once, and then promptly forgot the author, and it made me sad, because I have been wanting to add it to my personal library!
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Diana Wynne Jones! You should also read everything else she's written. :D
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MimiTrammell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I should!!
I recently read the Chrestomanci chronicles....so much love...
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vampelizabeth Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
oMg the cuteness is nearly unbearable! I love it.
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Lupa-OMalley-13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite animals in order: Horses. Dragons. Wolves. Gryphons and cats are tied for fourth! This is so cute!
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HazukiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh this is just adorable!!!! (haha took me a second to realize, cause it's very rare to find Derk art) Kit must have been very hard, but then Shone little baby feet!! ..too cute, reallly.
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HKKornel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet :)
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Astro-Kid-248 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU AND THIS ART AND THESE BOOKS


I LOVE YOU WITH ALL THE LOVE IN THE UNIVERSE

THANK YOU FOR THIS ART

Seriously, I can't believe other people like these books.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
baww thank you! :blushing: And yes! more people need to read them!!! that's one of my missions in life. :D
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lemonflower Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
G'aaw, baby Kit. So cute! And as always it is a delight to see someone appreciate Diana Wynne-Jones as she should be appreciated because I love her amen.
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bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
Awwww! They're both so adorable! Someone who comes in to the library where I work is named "Shona" and every time I see her name on a the hold shelf I immediately think of this character. Dang it, now I want to read Dark Lord of Derkholm again but I don't have it, only Year of the Griffin. Perhaps I will read that instead...
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Aw man, I really want to read Year of the Griffin again now and I don't have that!!! Well, it's at home, so I just have to wait till May to read it. D:
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bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aww, May is a long way off! I requested Dark Lord of Derkholm from the library (having re-read Year of the Griffin in about two days) so hopefully I'll be getting that soon. I'm not sure what your local library (or your school's library) has in terms of DWJ books, but if they have any kind of inter-library loan system you might be able to get your hands on it that way.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I did! :XD: I'm waiting for it to get to my branch and I don't know why it's taking so long!!!
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goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
A very cute tra-digital style. :heart:
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CatalogCats Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Minor nitpick!
In the books, Kit's feathers didn't go black until he grew up.

But really who cares, because this picture is awwww.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Yes, I took some artistic liberty there, haha. thanks!!!
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww.. =D
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I loved that scene. It took me forever to wrap my head around the whole siblings-of-another-species thing, but it was a really cool idea.
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PapaSamOLD Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Adorable!
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doppelgangergrl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I haven't heard of the Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Is it good?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
It's different! It's not a novel, it's written like a travel guide to every cliche in high fantasy. It's really funny if you've read a lot of those books!!!
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doppelgangergrl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
lol Awesome, especially cause I"ve read like all her books. ^_^
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taviannah Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   General Artist
It's a fun book :)
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JaxBnice Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artist
So cute!
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candyholic85 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is too cute :)
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