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November 23, 2011
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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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TomvonLucky Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks :)
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.
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 :)
AkiiraLee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks i think this helped me a little bit ^^
ZannTaggerung Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
These halepd me alot with figuring out my stoat's form. Thanks!
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
Glad to hear it :)
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.
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 :)
geekpaws Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Wow, you are an exceptional artist and soft sculptor. :)
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