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Later-Years Leonidas by MatthewSmith Later-Years Leonidas by MatthewSmith
Here’s a thing – it turns out that the hot-tempered lion king from the Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks is actually named Leonidas. I now can’t shake the mental image of him kicking David Tomlinson down a big hole while yelling “THIS! IS! NABOOMBU!”

But anyway. This piccy was inspired by some sketches that turned up on Twitter a while back (oh yes, I now have a Twitter account, for reasons that have yet to be satisfactorily explained. You can have a look at it here, if you want) by a couple of corking artists known as Iaido and Affogato Poom, depicting a middle-aged version of Tony the Tiger (you know, him off the breakfast cereal) being all burly and jovial. They got me wondering what King Leonidas might look like in his later years, and thus the above image happened. I used it as an opportunity to try out some new pens for the linework, and I’m really rather chuffed with the results; indeed, doodling this boisterous bruiser was a great deal of fun in general, so I dare say you may get to see more of him around these parts. Time will tell!
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spiffyxcdrrtyh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Sorry about that, but dont rush i was making sure you still remember me cause the years.
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spiffyxcdrrtyh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
I wanted to see more plus the old characters like mad moe macaw 
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
And you will! Watch this space...
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McTobi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a chunky king! he sure has some pounds on his shoulders ;P
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Indeedy! It doesn't seem to have made him any less boisterous, though.
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McTobi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which makes him even more impressive ;P
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner May 28, 2017   General Artist
Excellent work.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Many thanks indeed!
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist
Oh... those True Blues are going to be... BLACK and BLUE! (cue rim shot followed by a cricket)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
If the True Blues have got any sense, they'll be frantically trying to recruit the Fisherman Bear onto their team. They were always a player short compared to the Dirty Yellows anyway!
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ArtObservingItalian Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
Will you drawn other Disney felines in their later years?
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
I do have a couple of ideas for some other piccies in a similar vein, but not necessarily restricted to Disney characters. We shall see what transpires!
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ArtObservingItalian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
I look forward to them!
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DarkStar-werewolf16 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
I mean he still looks good in his later years it seems ^^

Great job :)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Thank you kindly!
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Letdragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
That's incredible, man. I was looking up the movie a few months ago and thinking about this fellow a bit. Nicely done, it's a great after years idea. : )
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Cheers muchly, sir! Glad you like it.
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Quite so. : )
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Taren14 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, as if he wasn't big enough to begin with!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Well, he was always one for throwing his weight around...
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