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Bat and the rainbow by melanippos Bat and the rainbow by melanippos
An American Taino myth (though I've still to find a proper reference for it and verify the real story- if anyone can direct me to a proper source (ie book) I would really appreciate it).


Bat, dissatisfied with his bald appearance, asked the gods for feathers so he might be warm. There were none left after having granted birds feathers so instead the god took a feather from each bird. Bats plumage was so gorgeous that, according to some, a rainbow would follow where he flew.
Bat grew excessively proud of his appearance and insulted the birds. They complained to the god and bat was stripped of his feathers.
His shame at his nakedness is why he only comes out after dark when no one can see him.


I personally think bats are just as beautiful as birds - so I made sure his fur was a rich gold - perhaps nicer than the cacophany of feathers he'd clothed himself in.

Unfortunately the gold foil didn't scan so well on this one. I may try again on a different scanner.
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saank Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
HI!I would like to use your pictures to illustrate an interactive digital book, nonprofit, to low-income children in Mexico. The intention is to bring them to reading through the book-album format (little quality text and images) animated on power point.
melanippos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
These images are reserved for a future project by a professional publisher and are not available.
I would recommend you set up a website that outlines your project in more detail and investigate crowd funding so that you do not exploit artists for a good cause by mistake.

Unfortunately illustrators cannot live on air and all of our work costs us to produce it in materials and time.
mutantbutterfly33 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
That is so cool!!! I love bats!!! I'm using this as my fb profile picture if that's ok?
DoomScarf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting myth. I do love the details in the wing texture on this. I agree that bats are very pretty animals.
llama-medusa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Very creative and beautiful!
janey-jane Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is absolutely stunning. I love all the color in the feathers. The bat's fur is the perfect shade as well - very tactile. I wish I could capture animals the way you do, so beautiful. And of course, bats = :heart:
melanippos Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes. "Bats" pretty much sums up all that is awesome in the world.
Two (Ah ha ha <- sesame street Count style, as I have been practicing) more to go and I'm done with that series and can get on with drawing more bats ^_^
ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Aw, that's such a sad story for the little bat! I love "explanatory" myths though. :)

I love his feathers and how they trail off of him. I'd love to see it with the gold foil, but it never seems to scan for anyone very well.
melanippos Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm redoing the base panel in watercolour with only a thin border band of gold, cutting out the old version and gluing it onto the new piece of paper.
The current base is too heavy, especially since this is part of a series (3 and 4 are in the works now).
ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Sounds awesome! Can't wait to see it. ;)
tarkheki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Poooorrr bitty batty.
But I have to say, you did one bang up job with all the feathers.. I was sitting here and trying to name all the birds I knew! You are so diligent with your art! :heart:
melanippos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I hadn't actually thought at all about what the feathers were from ^_^ Well I lie - there is one or two Ocyphaps lophotes (topknot pidgeon), recognisable as grey with a purple irridescence, and a nankeen kestrel primary but I pretty much invented the rest as I went. What birds did you find?
tarkheki Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Well, I "found": Kestrel, Red wing Blackbird, Parrot [macaw], Quetzel, blue jay, cardinal, peacock, and a Red Tail Hawk. XD
Feidhelm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
That is such a wicked idea! I love the way the right wing turned out, it's so colorful :)
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, great story! :D I love legends like that!
twenti3 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
Oh my gosh this is so beautiful :heart: A delightful surprise to see on the front page. I love your methods of shading and the color choice of the feathers! Well done!!
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