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Species Swap

Here's a contest theme that deserves to be explored more often: redesigning the TLK characters as some other species!

How about The Wildebeest King? The Walrus King? The Paramecium King? With so many millions of species in the world, there are nearly infinite ways this could go. And how would that choice of species affect how the characters interact with one another? Would a TLK with a cast of tigers even have a "pride", or could the story play out another way?

Let's have some fun with this! After all, plenty of other fandoms (the MLP one comes to mind) certainly get a lot of mileage out of species-swapping. Hmm, there's an idea for the next contest...

3 entries

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2017-01-23 16:26:07.0
Traditional Art
Some practice sketches of Mama Weasel. x3

At first, I wanted to stick to referencing poses from screenshots but then I started doing my own thing. x3

-Do NOT trace my artwork.
-Do NOT repost my artwork elsewhere without crediting me or without linking back to me.
-Do NOT claim it as your own.
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Say hello to my other character, who is also a big cat, Mogui!

Mogui is like Zephyr, but slightly more powerful. He can conjure superstorms and darkness. He is evil and he is a lion... I do not recommend getting on his bad side...

Also, if you have noticed, I mixed Scar's design into Mogui's nose a and mouth a little. As I said before, Scar is my favorite villain and he is the main reason why I love making villain characters. :)

Enjoy! :)
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Ok, I think we're done with the sketches again, for now xD

Cubbie Bladey! I don't like this one as much as I like the cub Lucian sketch but he's still super cute. I love the little stretchy pose and his and his little mane and his little smirk, such a charmer <3
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A sort of Old Vs New Picture!

(Bottom) Back in 2007 when I first made the Pollions and they lived on the planet Terravita. They were literally flower lion cubs with the standard Earth type flora, just some fantasy flowers and nothing really standout-ish about the world.

(Top)The updated 'Sporleon'. These guys live on Tal-Vira; a fungus world. As such I had to redesign them to fit into the world and it's colours :p Was a tricky thing to do but I'm super happy with them now!
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Ti can be nice sometimes xD
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3. Sukala and Friends
Those who have been watching me and my art since 2013 would regonize this yellow wolf/lion hybrid cub, who was who Sukala used to be. ;) It was before I deleted all these old pieces featuring her (and some others).

I regret doing that, actually.

Though I gave her design to someone for her to make it her character, I still love her, and represents me as a child.
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2017-01-22 12:18:29.0
This is the story "the teen mother" how a little young teen lioness become a mother.
In my country and in the world, several teen girls become mothers for culture, tradition or abuse from a familiar, teacher or friend.
Mzulia is a lioness who lives in the Rock pride, in the north of pridelands. when she was a baby, she lost her mother and her father leaves her. the prince of her pride, Kor, fall in love with her but she doesn't like him. In a mistake, she is in pregrant and the father is Kor. she scapes from her pride for to take care of the baby alone.
I adopt both from Bellaswangirl71 on MLKFAA!
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Icon I made of my lioden king, I love his design.
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2017-01-22 04:18:21.0
Some studies ^^

Most active here:
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A very quick sketch that I did.
Sometimes it feels like in The Lion Guard, they forget lions can be as dangerous as any other carnivore XD you wouldn't like them when they're hungry.

I actually think it would be cool to see an episode where Kion and the Guard have to stop Simba and Nala from eating one of their new friends.
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Ko is one of the artists who's been with the Archive longer than almost anyone else here. Joining in 2004, when the site was in its heyday, she began as just another face in the crowd—someone with the inspiration to join this community and contribute to the flood of artistic output, but otherwise somehow slipping under a lot of people's radar. Still, over time, steadily, she has built up an art career that places her among the highest echelons of TLKFAA members, people who have established themselves as artists of extraordinary skill and unquenchable creative energy, enabling them to make a living from the artistic skills that they honed right here at the TLKFAA.
Wow! This site is so nostalgic for me, and I've really missed posting my work here. The Lion King is the reason I fell in love with art. It taught me how to draw and inspired me to write stories. Since 2004 when I joined this site, I have branched out, and I've written both TLK stories and my own original work. I've gained a degree in Illustration, published a book and written many more, and I'm constantly looking to improve with my artwork and comics.

Although I've been quite absent from this site for a while, I've been active on DA with my TLK and original stuff. My Tales from the Spirit Lands comic series (TLK) has done really well over there, and the fact that people can read it, love the characters, make their own art and stories based on it is amazing to me. I'm happy to have made something that people can enjoy that much.

Thank you for voting for me! I love art, I love stories, and I love creating and improving...and it all started because of The Lion King. It's still my favourite animated film, and I know it always will be. <3
Ko's claim to fame, as a glance at her showcase pictures makes clear, is her penchant for comics. Indeed, if you peruse her gallery, or take a look at her much more extensive DeviantArt site, you'll quickly discover that the vast bulk of her work is comic pages—installments in long-running stories featuring a broad cast of her own additional characters to the Pride Rock universe.

What's particularly interesting about her Return to Pride rock comic is not necessarily the art, though naturally it's worthy of special recognition befitting Ko's profession and reputation. It's the narrative, the dialogue, the story itself. She's taken the familiar setting of The Lion King and added to it a fresh layer of the kind of innovative "humanization" that Disney themselves did when creating the original cast; in Ko's hands, the lions transform into a militaristic society full of hierarchies and shifting loyalties reminiscent of works like Watership Down, in which the visual language of a naturalistic animal setting does double duty in portraying a fundamentally human story with exotic characteristics. It draws the reader in and envelops them with a fresh take on the worldbuilding of the Lion King universe, one that feels more vibrant and fresh than a ton of other attempts along the same lines that have appeared over the years.

Her work on comics feeds richly into the rest of her work, too. Of particular note is how her designs and conceptions for characters like Ahadi and Uru take on a very unique look and are instantly recognizable in any scene she draws; far from simply being color-swaps or reworkings of existing characters, Ko's original designs are every bit as individual as the characters themselves are. This is a side effect of being a seasoned comic artist; for a comic, you have to be able to make every character readable and recognizable right away, immediately distinct, and you have to do it over and over again, hundreds of times in a single story. In comics you can't get away with being formulaic. And Ko is one of the best at avoiding formula at all costs.

Indeed, most of her work focuses on characters, with crisp clean outlines and intricate facial expressions paramount in her presentations as befits the efficient and effective telling of a story; backgrounds and landscapes often fade in importance. But once in a while Ko will produce a fully realized and rendered tableau, full of cloud effects and stars and trees and the floating faces of the Great Kings of the Past for instance, that takes the breath away. I for one hope she doesn't give such pieces short shrift in her creative efforts in the future, since they're amazing.

Thank you, Ko, for being a part of the TLKFAA for so long! I'm endlessly glad that the site has played such a part in so many artists' creative development over the years. I can only hope there's more such to come!

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