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Sketchdump: Julius the Stoat by Avanii Sketchdump: Julius the Stoat by Avanii
Have another sketchdump! I'm on a roll! :D I suddenly felt the need to draw my character Jullius. A lot. He's a stoat, aka an ermine, aka a short-tailed weasel (mustela erminea). He's just so much fun to draw, like a little ball of energy and emotions, he's very, very expressive. He also thinks he's much stronger and bigger than he actually is xD Stoats like Julius have very flexible bodies, which is great fun. Plus, I just adore these animals :)

These are drawn in October in my yellow-paged sketchbook, hence the yellow colour, that's the paper's colour! I enjoy sketching most, I have plenty of other sketches of my other characters too. The blue is the pencil I used to sketch with, then I outline with grey.

Art and character is to me, :iconavanii:
Please do not use! I didn't put a visible watermark on the sketches in order not to ruin them, please, don't make me do that.
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:icontomvonlucky:
TomvonLucky Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Artist
wicked!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks :)
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AkiiraLee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you do a tutorial ? How you draw stoats. Or a step by step. Do you start with a circle ? :) I have many problems with Stoats.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   General Artist
Umm, I have considered doing this but I have so many other things I need to do first. Maybe later, but don't pin me down on it, sorry! There used to be a decent tutorial on how to draw them on DA, but I can't find it any more... But yes, I do start out with circles: one for the skull, one for the ribcage and another for the hips, with a line representing the spine. I usually go from there :)

Now that I think of it, there was a book called "drawing wildlife" by J.C. Amberlyn (I thin kthat's how it's spelled) which had a part about weasels that was pretty good. I recommend looking into that one :)
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AkiiraLee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks i think this helped me a little bit ^^
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ZannTaggerung Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
These halepd me alot with figuring out my stoat's form. Thanks!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
Glad to hear it :)
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DanVelthing Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Can I use one of the poses for an avatar? Not on deviantart, though. I'll credit you if you like.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   General Artist
What exactly do you mean by 'avatar'? I don't mind you using my sketches for reference (though be aware that they are stylized and contain anatomy mistakes/exaggerations) but I'd rather not have them completely copied. I can't copyright a pose, and I don't intend to, just make sure that the art you come up with is noticably different from mine ;) I'd like to see the result, and credit would be nice :)
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geekpaws Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Wow, you are an exceptional artist and soft sculptor. :)
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   General Artist
Thanks ever so much :)
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are soooo gifted! Amazing sketches!! :dance:
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   General Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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Nukeleer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
your weasel anatomy is perfect ;_;
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   General Artist
Haha, thanks, I try :)
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:iconarcaiiarsenal:
ArcaiiArsenal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*sob*

Why

Why are you so good at expressions

Teach me oh grand one
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   General Artist
Hahaha thanks :giggle:
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:iconzengel:
Zengel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding *_*
Finally a great mustelid artwork
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much! I love mustelids :D
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:iconzengel:
Zengel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So do I c:
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moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for posting this it helped me understand how weasels are build
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome. They can be quite tricky to draw but it's great fun nonetheless :D
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xXDark-WerewolfXx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that lovely, you're very good ^^
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   General Artist
Thanks! :D
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xXDark-WerewolfXx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
of anything ^^
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Khamisu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh these are so adorable, I love your style and weasel anatomy skillz!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011   General Artist
Thank you :D
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Kuuzco Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student
cute sketches c:
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011   General Artist
Thanks :aww:
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Kuuzco Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student
welcome!
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have missed Julius. :) Stoats are among my top favourite mustelids, so it's always nice to get to ''meet'' other stoat characters. Hoping to see more of him, of course!

You have my full agreement on weasels (and martens) being fun to draw, with their frenetic energy and apparently ''spineless'' flexibility. They make ultimate cartoon characters.
It's like they ''speak'' to you when you have grown familiar with how they move and act; one thing is playing and having fun with their expressive bodies, but my musties have completely taken over my story writing; they do so much action- they are giving me quite a challenge when it comes to visualization. It's like they crave to be moved around all the time- in the craziest ways possible. My current comic screams ''animation'', but I currently don't have the skill level needed for something like that.

Glad others are feeling the same way about them!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   General Artist
I'm glad you're happy to see him :D I have more sketches of him and Sibirica as well, and I'm working on some coloured pics of those two so more mustelids are coming up :D

They're so cartoony indeed! Which is why I gave Julius a very emotional and expressive personality, so I have an excuse to draw his exaggerated expressions! They speak with their entire bodies and that is so much fun to experiment with! It would be really cool to see some animated musties indeed! It's a pity it's so hard to find good reference material when it comes to their running, jumping and other actions, there are no slow motion videos like the ones you can find of dogs and horses (like this [link] ). Should you ever come across such videos, please please let me know :D

Indeed, it seems there are more mustelid-fans out here than I initially expected! :D
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Edenfur Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww, I love your expressions here :aww: And the anatomy is amazing ;) Great work! :love:
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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KaoriBow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
that's cute! great sketches, love all the poses :3
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconkaoribow:
KaoriBow Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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VinceSwift Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Whaa *__* Great sketches!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
Thank you!
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Haruki-Sakura Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the happiness so cute.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
Aww you're welcome :D
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kill909 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
good one, wasn't his kinda like a sloth??
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   General Artist
I'm not sure I understand, what is with a sloth? :O
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kill909 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
well, its da lazy-like, sumthin i watched on tv the other day...
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   General Artist
I do know what a sloth is, but Julius is about as far away from a sloth as you can get :P Stoats are really different, extremely energetic and fast!
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Kuroyuri28 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love the style you draw in Avanii :D
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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crazyyellowfox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Cuuuuute!!!!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   General Artist
Thanks :D
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KiwiSeahorse Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
i LOVE this guy! he is so cool! i love all animals in the mustalidae family, and i think you did a great job capturing the "bendyness" of them <3
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