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Image: cal80shyena.jpg   419x550 85740 bytes 2002.11.26

"80's Hyena", hyena, digital, 2002. This big-haired hyena woman was done in order to demonstrate two different types of digital coloring for a class at Midwest Furfest. The class went well (I think) and I figured I'd post the subject herself in case anyone was looking for a close-up.

Image: calaardwolf.jpg   546x700 140176 bytes 2002.05.29

"Egyptian Aardwolf" aardwolf, gouache on museum board, 2002. My local art supply store was having a sale on very small brushes, so I set out to do this rather large painting, 16 x 20, while rendering the fur in as small and precise detail as I could. It was more than a little exhausting, but I was pleased by the result. The original is currently for sale on Furbid.

Image: calares.jpg   800x618 128990 bytes 2002.11.26

"Ares," ram, watercolor 2003. I like ram horns...that's about the only redeeming quality of this image.

Image: calarticfox.jpg   576x720 159590 bytes 2002.11.26

"Temperance," arctic fox, digital 2002. I was experimenting with a different kind of head construction, the sort of classic sphere-and-squashed-heart shape common to much cartooning, and was rather pleased with the result for this arctic fox in fur.

Image: calblackbuck.jpg   457x600 75633 bytes 2002.05.16

"Blackbuck with Beads" blackbuck antelope, digital 2002. Blackbuck antelope have some truly amazing, starkly monochromatic markings; at least, the males do. The females are a bit more drab, but since I was already taking liberties by making her a biped, intelligent, and so forth, I decided a slight tweaking to the sexual dimorphism was no great sin.

Image: calbuffalo.jpg   472x650 122857 bytes 2002.06.13

"Buffalo Soldier" Cape buffalo, watercolor, 2002. The Bob Marley song of the same name was stuck in my head for a week before I finally produced this muscular gentleman. Although my mental image of a buffalo soldier, much like my mental image of a buffalo gal, was something curiously anthromorphic, a little research on my part turned up that the REAL "buffalo soldiers" were black troops serving in the American West following the Civil War. Despite poor equipment and all the predictable indignities, they served with distinction, had extremely low desertion rates, and recieved over a dozen Medals of Honor; all in all, a highly impressive group of men. The original is for sale on Furbid until 6/18, at

Image: calcaracal.jpg   381x500 74921 bytes 2002.05.14

"Caracal in Demin" caracal, digital 2002. The virtual ink was not yet dry on this painting before my significant other informed me that this was a dead ringer for a feline version of the woman from "The Weakest Link." I studied it for about a minute and then said, "Damn." You win some, you lose some, I suppose.

Image: calchupacabra.jpg   600x463 105124 bytes 2002.06.17

"Chupacabra" Mexican goat sucker, watercolor/colored pencil 2002. Well, I was thinking about unusual species, and recalling a bizarre newspaper-clipping rendition of the notorious livestock mutilating chupacabra, I came up with this red-eyed charmer and her little plush goat. I believe her name's Ch!zort!ahga, which, in the complex chupacabra tonal language means, "She who names the goats "Wuggles" and "Flopsy," making it difficult for us to eat them and thereby ruining a perfectly good goat-sucking and making things awkward for everyone." But of course, you knew that already.

Image: calcloudleo.jpg   550x425 97511 bytes 2002.05.13

"Morning Glory" clouded leopard, digital 2002. There is something about the way that she is looking over her shoulder that seems almost reproachful instead of seductive. She might be angry over the vast habitat destruction that is endangering her species in its native range; or it could simply be that those vines are cutting off the circulation to her tail.

Image: calcoati.jpg   367x550 52046 bytes 2002.05.13

"Coati in Pimpin' Hat" coatimundi, digital 2002. I firmly believe that the pimp hat was designed solely to make painters of pin-ups happy, being silly, over-the-top, and a fine way of getting a large splash of color into the attractive but earth-toned fur of the coatimundi.

Image: caldeercouple.jpg   736x423 104275 bytes 2002.05.15

"The Antlered Doe's Proposal" deer, digital 2002. Does with antlers crop up occasionally in deer populations, and can grow quite impressive racks, although they remain perpetually in velvet. I was thinking about this one day, and the effect that such blatantly male adornments might have on the life and appetites of a female deer; the next thing you know, here we are.

Image: caldustymare.jpg   480x377 82517 bytes 2002.05.22

"Dusty" mare, watercolor 2002. I have been in a watercolor mood lately. This 12 x 16 painting is rather more explicit than my usual fare, to which I can only say that a friend goaded me into it. The character wants to be a unicorn, hence the strap-on horn.

Image: calermine.jpg   324x500 50043 bytes 2002.05.13

"Flexible Fetish Blues" ermine, digital 2002. Painting white-furred animals is always problematic for me; there needs to be a balance between providing detail, and actually looking white instead of light grey or cream. One day I hope to do a companion piece with the same weasel in summer coat instead of winter white.

Image: calfruitbat.jpg   499x650 167194 bytes 2002.06.11

"Dreamsmoke" grey-headed flying fox, watercolor/colored pencil, 2002. Here we have Glimmeriangue, an Australian fruit bat of shamanic bent, burning incense while hanging upside down in the usual fashion.

Image: calgila.jpg   700x541 138821 bytes 2002.05.17

"Salsa!" gila monster, digital 2002. The contrast between black and orange was too much to pass up; and yes, while real Gila monsters may not have breasts or wear beads, they truly do have blue tongues.

Image: calgoldcat.jpg   326x500 44745 bytes 2002.05.14

"Cat in the Hat I" asiatic golden cat, mixed media on Stonehenge paper, 2002. Part of a planned series of obscure cats in hats, done in pastel and charcoal; the Asiatic golden cat has truly elegant markings, and neither the scan nor my rendering quite does justice to their complexity. The untextured clothing, defined by lines, (such as these gloves) has been a fixture of pin-up art since the 70's, but I fear that I don't know off the top of my head who coined it, so I must offer a general citation of reference to Vargas, Olivia, and the dozen or so others who have used it.

Image: calgreygeisha.jpg   900x400 129441 bytes 2002.12.01

"Grey Fox Geisha," grey fox, digital 2002. Whew. Sometimes a painting just comes together. And then sometimes it almost comes together, and just when you're happy with it, some wise guy comes up behind you and demonstrates how it can be a hell of a lot better by adding another eight inches of length and hence, four hours of work. The background designs are based on Japanese shunga woodcuts, a really lovely erotic artform that has mostly died out in this century.

Image: calgreygeishadetail.jpg   775x750 174178 bytes 2002.12.01

I thought I'd upload a detail of "Grey Fox Geisha" since the composition prevented any upload large enough to make out the fur patterns, which I was quite pleased with.

Image: calhellbeast.jpg   457x600 88011 bytes 2002.11.26

"Hellbeast," digital 2002. This was a commission for another artist, Rayvn Flynn, who's hellbeast characters are mean and vicious and downright scary looking--in short, perfect material for a classically silly pin-up.

Image: caljackals.jpg   502x650 116840 bytes 2002.05.21

"Different Worlds" jackals, digital 2002. Two lovers, both jackals, both women, yet from rather different worlds; a civilized Egyptian jackal and her black-backed tribal partner. She came out a bit more blue than I had intended, but it contrasts well enough with the orange background that I decided not to change it.

Image: calkingcheetah.jpg   576x681 121313 bytes 2002.11.26

"King Cheetah Charmer" king cheetah, watercolor pencil, 2002. This was another experiment with head shape, and a set of watercolor pencils--the result came out much better than someone with no knowledge of watercolor pencils has any right to expect.

Image: calkitfox1.jpg   495x650 116770 bytes 2002.05.15

"Ke'Li" kit fox, mixed/digital 2002. Another break into cel-style coloring, in the form of a belly dancing kit fox.

Image: calkitfox2.jpg   440x550 96467 bytes 2002.05.16

"Ke'Li 2" kit fox, digital 2002. Another painting of my kit fox belly dancer; she insisted upon being painted more than once, and who am I to say no?

Image: calkitfox3.jpg   440x550 102700 bytes 2002.11.26

"Ke'Li 3" kit fox, digital 2002. The third painting of Ke'Li the kit fox dancer, so far my most popular series, and a snappy dresser to boot.

Image: calkitfox4.jpg   524x720 115468 bytes 2003.04.20

Watercolor, 10 x 14, 2003. Ke'Li the kit fox dancer #4, this time a watercolor rather than digital piece.

Image: calleopard.jpg   700x541 140018 bytes 2002.11.26

"Snow Leopard," digital 2002. This was a commission of a male snow leopard character. I was quite pleased with how the fur textures came out. The character is copyrighted to his owner, and may not be reproduced without permission.

Image: callycaeon.jpg   600x454 81250 bytes 2002.05.21

"Lycaeon" African hunting dog, watercolor on hotpress 2002. This was an experiment with brush technique and a very very tiny brush (at least for me; I like to work rather large.) 12 x 16. While it lacks the detail of my digital work, I was pleased with it as a watercolor piece.

Image: calmolerat.jpg   386x500 65566 bytes 2002.05.13

"Nearly Naked Mole Rat" naked mole rat, digital 2002. Ah. Yes. Hrrm. I did this painting simply because, despite the fact that the naked mole rat is a dreadfully unattractive creature, the pun in the name was too good to pass up, and it was a challenge, if nothing else. I cannot in good conscience say that my mole rat pin-up is attractive; but between the hat and the tat, she is undoubtedly the most stylish mole rat in the warren.

Image: calocelot.jpg   400x500 121408 bytes 2002.05.13

"Electra" ocelot, mixed media/digital 2002. Something rather more anime-inspired; and a pleasant break to do relatively quick cel-style coloring rather than the exhaustive hair-by-hair of realism. I believe the glasses may be the best part.

Image: caloryxsilk.jpg   436x650 84748 bytes 2002.05.15

"Scimitars and Silk" scimitar oryx, watercolor 2002. I love antelope. I could devote a year just to painting antelope women. They have such vivid, striking markings and large expressive eyes. This was the largest watercolor I'd attempted to date, at 20 x 30, and it was a relief when it sold; I had absolutely no place to store such a monster.

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