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Jungle Rat



Readers of my webcomic Digger [link] will probably be familiar with the fact that there are a lot of big stone heads scattered randomly about the landscape, serving as A) signposts and B) opportunities for me to draw a big stone head, damnit. There's always room for big stone heads! They're somewhere between the big Olmec stone heads and the Barong masks of Bali (which I collect, because hey, who doesn't love working with a dozen leering toothy gargoyle heads in lurid colors staring down at you?) and they just...err...show up. No explanation is ever given, and so far, nobody's asked for one. Thank god.

Anyway, I was doodling cute things and in between hamsters slaying mimes and various oddities involving chickens, I wound up with a stone head. The critter on top is a degu. It's a type of Chilean rat. I've never heard of them either, but they're cute, and evidentally closer related to guinea pigs than rats, but for my money, they fall into that vague category that my stepmom used to call "rattymouses," and...err...y'know. If you wanna believe it's a little brown rat, the Species Nomenclature Police aren't gonna hear about it from me.

Mixed media, 8 x 10 on illo board. Original is for sale, prints available! Drop a line or a note or whatever or visit [link] if I've gotten around to updating.
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