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Mooncalf by Toonicorn Mooncalf by Toonicorn
Inspiration can come from anywhere, and this piece was created because I was captivated by an unfamiliar word. One day I was reading a book, and one of the characters in it was referred to as a “mooncalf”. I had never heard of the word before, and so I looked it up. Turns out that “mooncalf” is an old, old word dating back to 1614, and generally means “lunatic” or “lovesick” or “daydreamer”. Which sounded interesting. I got to wondering: what does a mooncalf LOOK like? Well, it turns out that nobody’s ever drawn one, so I decided to create my own version. I made the little guy blue as a shout-out to Paul Bunyan’s blue ox, plus, since I’d decided he was the offspring of a certain nursery rhyme character, I created a rhyme for him.

So may I introduce to you...Mooncalf!

By the way, the purple cow at the top of the picture is his mommy. :)
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Given 2011-09-23
Mooncalf by *Toonicorn has great colors and characteristics that help make this drawing feel like a poster. ( Suggested by Astralseed and Featured by Nyiana-sama )
Friendly internet robot Mosobot64 here, and here I have an adorable piece by :toonicorn: !

What toonicorn has done here is take an odd word, personify it, and then make a whole new tale for the personifcation. I'm sure this character could star in its own children's book if the artist felt up to it. But, I digress.

In terms of composition, the piece is done so that the calf seems to pop out of its borders ever so slightly. The poem for the piece is typed in unobtrusively on the bottom of the piece.

Technique wise, its very sensitively toned. However, it is a relatively muted and low-contrast piece, not so much so as to make it muddy, but I can't help but feel that Mooncalf could have benefitted from a small amount of pure white highlight, to help separate it from the background. That said, this is mostly a matter of taste on my part.

Overall, the piece is very imaginative and well thought out.

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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg they're adorable. 
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My vision of a mooncalf was something vast & slug-like, as big as a city block, and to be found on the moon. One may be found in the Ottermoel Zoo at Domdaniel school of sorcery in the Black Forest (yes, my take on Hogwarts). My fan-fiction.

Of course,since my hero liberated a lot of inmates of that zoo and moved them to a canadian locale (not the monsters that hate mankind,tho.), Dr.Ottermoel hates Casper and wants to DESTROY him. He'll have to wait his turn, tho.
hb-syik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so cute! Favorite!
EpicJaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like the story which went along with this piece. Because, really, what would a mooncalf look like? XD Very well done.
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
What an adorable piece; I love the colours here as well as the concept :)
bleedingpure Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the idea!
whomphoto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Photographer
Great story, concept, and execution! I only wish the "i"s were capitalized (or that the text was in all caps), and that some texture was added to the text or behind it. Still, that's just minor compared to how awesome the illustration is.
KikiWolfeLion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
that is cool
SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Writer
I like him and the word proves there is still parts of the english language or wait olde english language not yet discovered!
otakoubeing Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
w t f
Mooshi91 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
thats an amazing art piece :) i love how you created your own image and let your miagination run wild....i may take your idea of finding a word and creatig something new out of obsessed with snails atm so i might do something with a little snail ^^ thankyou for inspiring me and i love your art work :)
Draange Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Aw, he's just adorable. And now I have a new term for crazy person that I can use ^_^
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Writer
Awww! That's cute!
Natmonkey Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable, original, wonderfully executed. I love reading about the idea behind this too.
Polter6eist Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Most epic idea to date :XD:
Mine seem to all be really horrible and cynically twisted... O_O I don't bother drawing them I don't have the time :doh:
But great job on this! Made me laugh
Lavida20 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Writer
hollywood16 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I like it, good work
gomopy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
super cool! very creative!
AmiInu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Quite the adorable looking fellow. I adore the small rhyme also. Cute!
Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I don't think the poem does you any good. The rhythyms shift really erratically between the line ending in "mother" and one that starts with "she", then it happens again between the line ending in "later" and the last line.

I really like the stars diviving the stanzas, but it really needs some work as far as making it mesh together. And don't the last two lines imply that his mommy left him there? D: She jumped over the moon, not onto it.

As far as the drawing, it's a REALLY cute little calf, but the green highlights on him look really eerie. I think you'd have benefited from a tint of the blue, or white or something. The green would have fit better on a little mer-calf, but I don't think it works here. I'm also having some trouble determining his "age" the posture and look he's giving say '13 and up' but his widdle hooves say 'baby'.

I really do love his little box bed, the decorations on it, and that pillow (which I covet greatly). I also think your idea was a really good one.

Now it's off to the rest of your gallery!
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Regarding the rhyme, I thought that, in nursery-rhyme terms, it was no less logical than the idea of a dish running away with a spoon. ;) But I take your point, and I've done a bit of a revision. I'm always open to constructive criticism! :)
Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Ah, true! I do have a tendency to overanalyse.

Good deal, I'm glad that I came off as helpful! :w00t:
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've used the term in my story in a scene set in Dr. Ottermoel's zoo at Domdaniel in the Black Forest. Aside from snouters, griffins, the Un (whose form can not register on the human brain !), hallucinations, dreams, experiments.... is the Mooncalf which is as large as a city block. The Rat King, basilick, cockatrice, Mongolian Death Worm, chupracabra,

My rendition is parallel to the larva THING you'll find in DevArt. Look under Mooncalf. It's also a term for a shapeless abortion from a cow. Failed to develop a heart.

The Bunyip, also in that zoo, is a reborn Bunyan's ox.
AliceLovesChes Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Naww! This is so cute and interesting! I love :moo:'s! :D
invaderZia1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Not bad. :)
i-haz-a-doodle-plex Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
Autumnology Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
omg this is the cutest thing I've seen in quite some time!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
Xiik Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Congratulations, this is so beautiful!
kalypsso Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cutest calf ever, and he's blue! :D
sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is adorable! and i never knew the origins of that word. i also love that you made him blue!
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
This would make a marvellous children's book character!:love:
I did know of the word[but then I LOVE peculiar words?:P]
but you have personified it so well,I shall now always
see a blue beastie whenever I see the term!!Excellent work!
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