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This month, we take a look at telltaleheart—an artist who has been with the TLKFAA for nearly ten years, and whose recognition is a long time in coming. Almost from the very beginning she has been creating super-cute lion art that captures the feel of the movie and its universe with a sense of fun and exuberance that is familiar to all fans of Disney's work. Since then she's racked up over 500 pictures in her gallery, and she's retained that sense of fun and whimsy throughout her time here.

I always thought to myself if I ever got AoTM I wouldn't say the typical "OH WOW BIG SURPRISE" .....But this genuinely caught me of guard!!! XD I had honestly thought that my chances for this were long gone, as I am no longer as active as I once was here, and neither are a lot of my good friends. So to receive this now, nearly on Christmas day is a huge honor, thank you all so much! I feel all warm and fuzzy, and am very grateful that my art is able to bring joy!

I stumbled upon this great site back in 2004 when i was looking for Phantom of The Opera fan art. I saw an image of a Phantom lion that linked me to this site, and I remember how excited I felt to see cross-over artwork of two things I really loved! I spent hours looking at all the great artwork on here, and felt compelled to join as well, but I didn't feel that my work was good enough to be on here with soooo many wonderful artists. I finally swallowed my pride and made an account, I remember designing my Telly fursona, and feeling so proud and happy that I could bring her to life through this site. One fateful Christmas, I received a Wacom Graphics tablet, and it was all over, I was hooked on digital art and even more hooked on this site! It was so much fun to hang out in sketcher, chit-chat with all the great people here and feel as though I was apart of a "secret" community XD

The Lion King has always held a special place in my heart, and this archive certainly does too. I have met some of the most wonderful, and incredible people on here, and some I have even had the pleasure of meeting in real life! I really want to make a shout out to my besties, but i'm afraid of leaving anyone out, but i will say this, you KNOW who you are :D Thank you guys so much for being a part of my life, and teaching me how to grow as an artist and a person, you guys seriously rock!

I only wish I had more time to keep drawing, life keeps me very busy these days, and I know I neglect this site, so to all my friends here, forgive me, I promise to draw more when I can!

And to all those aspiring artists out there, NEVER give up. Draw because you love it. Draw because it's a part of who you are. Even when you feel like its hopeless...strive to get where you want to be, both in art, and in life.

We are the creators of our own designs, our own paths, and our own lives, and non of that would exist without YOU.

Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart, keep drawing, and keep TLKing! ^___^

<3 Telly

telltaleheart tends to keep her work low-key and uncomplicated compared so some other artists, but that's not to its detriment. Just a quick look around at some of these example pieces prove that her skills are not to be taken lightly. Rather, her choice to focus on individual character studies and simple character trades and gifts for her friends gives her work a spontaneity and a looseness that often goes missing when an artist focuses too heavily on Disney-grade accuracy or intensive artistic complexity. The reason telltaleheart draws comes through clearly in every piece she creates—she loves doing it. She's not trying to prove a point or to compete with anybody. She's just having fun with her friends in this great community, producing pictures that make her and her buddies smile.

Of course, that's not to say that when she puts her mind to it, she can't create some of the most remarkable Lion King art on the block. Her portrait of Scar (inspired by the Broadway musical), at left, is immediately gripping and grim, with wonderful moody lighting and expert use of body language and leonine anatomy. And at the bottom right, her sketchy and loose style comes to bear in a beautifully framed study of Simba and Nala—like the Scar picture, an entry for one of our site-wide contests, which seem to be catalysts for some of our members to create their best work ever.

But it's the gentle humor and fun that really characterizes telltaleheart's work, and has since she first joined. This holds true here as well as on her DeviantArt gallery; she keeps herself engaged in her artistic pursuits whenever there's an opportunity for a good joke or gag, such as Simba in a view from underneath. Her other subject matter is also engaging and fun—her gallery of wolf art displays a wide-ranging talent with that genre as well, encompassing the many expressive faces wolves can put on, even when not rendered in as cartoony and stylized a manner as Lion King-style lions.

And it isn't just these "fannish" pursuits that keep telltaleheart motivated, either. Those who know her best are aware that she puts her talents to good use in pursuit of genuine art, some of which can also be seen on her DA page. Abstract shapes, space scenes, evocations of famous paintings by past masters—she's taking her inspiration to new heights whenever she's able to find the time. Her use of vivid yet complementary colors speaks of an innate artistic sense that's sure to stand her in good stead as she continues to develop her career, whether she does so professionally or just as a mere hobby—as much as such a hobby can be described as "mere".

Congratulations to telltaleheart, and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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