illustration friday: jungle

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Tue 13 Jun 2006 11:29 pm

I’ve drawn a ton of jungles. As a matter of fact there have been two comics that I developed to various stages of incompleteness that put jungles center stage. One was called Savage Creatures and was about a documentary film crew. The other, more recent one, was called The Cynical King. A bit too high-concept for its own good, it was about a tiny, tiny tropical island and the king who ruled it. I decided to resurrect it for Illustration Friday: redrawing one of the comics, colorizing it, and presenting it on this here blog. This is a image Large enough to force me to use German grammar. That’s right, here we go:

bastard lemurs!

Brief introduction to the characters: big guy’s named Maurice, and his job is all governmental & defense duties on the island. Mostly he’d rather be relaxing in the sun, watching girls, and playing video games, and the way I look at it he’s got a point. The woman’s named Sara. What you can’t tell about her from this comic is that she is a trained ninja badass as well as an ooshy gooshy animal lover. The eponymous King is not to be found in this comic. Among the little island’s very few natural resources is a unique ecology, each facet of which seems designed for maximum inconvenience to humans. You can’t tell from the art but the atmosphere is – and I have notes on this – 50% flies. The bastard lemurs are inspired by (if I recall correctly) the keas of New Zealand, birds that will descend upon your car entirely unprovoked and rip its trim to little pieces. Hostile ecology is fun, and good practice for the new comic strip I’m working on, which should see the light of day on Friday.


  1. Comment by Marion — June 14, 2006 at 3:31 am

    Great fun and fantastic cartoon! The “bastard” is so cute!

  2. Comment by ARVINDH — June 14, 2006 at 5:46 am

    That is a cute cartoon strip!

  3. Comment by michael dailey — June 14, 2006 at 8:47 am

    fun done nice work

  4. Comment by Princess Pepper Cloud — June 14, 2006 at 11:45 am

    It’s wonderful that you have a back history and fully envisioned environment for all of your characters. You always seem to be so thorough with your creations.

  5. Comment by claudine hellmuth — June 14, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    great cartoon! Love it!

  6. Comment by Ken Chandler — June 14, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    That’s just wrong! So why am I laughing. Oh yeah, because as a kid a Gorilla tossed a handful of hay… and stuff… at me while visiting the zoo. I don’t think it was personal, he was just having a bad day… but GROSS! Your cartoon reminds me of that glorious day. Thanks!

  7. Comment by s4ndm4n — June 15, 2006 at 5:23 am

    Love it. Very funny….. great illustration — you’re very talented!

  8. Comment by Trisha — June 15, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    LOL! Funny!!!….great job, and fun illustration!

  9. Comment by Adam Bolt — June 23, 2006 at 12:17 am

    Hahaha! Good one, bro… I laughed, and then laughed again. Then I showed it to Jin, and she laughed. Glad you’re making a real comic strip, at last, dammit. 🙂

  10. Comment by wild1 — September 28, 2006 at 7:14 am

    Hey..ur blog is really different. Cool different 😀

    I went over the page and I like this one the bestest!!

    Its old..hope you still get to see this. Daim, shud’ve commented on the latest one!

  11. Comment by LemurKat — March 24, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I love lemurs and love keas. This behaviour seems not atypical of either. Great fun!

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