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Niddler Sketches by nenuiel Niddler Sketches by nenuiel
So yeah, anyone else remember Pirates of DarkWater? I LOVED that show when I was kid, and have found myself as an artist and storyteller looking back and playing around a bit.

Remember Niddler? That stupid monkeybird was such a love-hate relationship. I love the idea of him, but HATED how much he talked. And when I looked at his design again after all these years, I decided he needs a redo. So looking at a few monkey and bird species, as well as pterodactyls for wing structure this is what I came up with. =D The sketches in the upper left are oldest, lower right newest.

In this case, Niddler no longer talks. He can sign, which Ioz can roughly translate leading to 'comedic misinterpretations'. And he still LOVES minga melons. Monkeybirds are not only prized for their plumage, but can sense darkwater, making them valuable to have on board. Makes much more sense to me. *shrugs*

Let me know what you think! These drawings are mine, but obviously the copyrights to the show belong to Warner Brothers (I assume, since they released the dvd...)
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Birdmaiden Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it just me, or Niddler looks like the monkeybird queen now? (He has his mum's plumage=D)
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nenuiel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Hahahaha! I guess he does. I was trying to give him more of a masculine 'mane' based on some monkey species. But I haven't been able to find ANY images of the monkey queen. Do you know where I can see those?? =D
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Birdmaiden Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I made some really bad screencaps, if that's any help

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nenuiel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Well thank you!! At first I really was starting to give him her headdress main. I'll be sure to avoid it as I keep working on him. Thanks! =D
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Birdmaiden Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just keep up the good work. Can't wait for your take on Mantus! =D
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nenuiel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Thank you! And Mantis is going to be SOOOOOOOOOO much fun.
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Dragonia27 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Oooooooh. You make him look good! He doesn't talk. :boogie: I like the reasoning you came up with for them being on ships and the like.

I look forward to a completely finished product--when you have the time.
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nenuiel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I'm hoping to have a finished product for Niddler soon. =D I cannot wait to do an illustration with him, he was so much fun to design. He'll have to be eating a Minga melon.
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Dragonia27 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
It'll look awesome!
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