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Archive-Wide Art Contest

Every couple of weeks, the Archive holds an art contest here on this page. The winner of the previous contest chooses the theme, sets the length of time, and manages the pictures that other artists create and submit to the contest for judging. Any logged-in user of the Archive can vote on their favorite picture, and the winner sets up the next contest!


As many of you have probably noticed, there is only one canon-attested character in the Characters section who doesn't have a single "canon" picture in any official source: Uru, the mother of Mufasa and Scar.

According to The Lion King: Six New Adventures, Uru is responsible for finding a lake of fresh water at the western edge of the Pride Lands, saving many animals from thirst. She is "quite something", as Kopa puts it.

But what does she look like? What are her colors? What's her build like? Does she look like Mufasa, or Scar, or some combination of them? We have no idea, and the "Characters" section only has a placeholder image for her. So rather than arbitrarily picking one of the existing Uru pictures that's already been designed by one of our artists, I suggest we put it to a contest!


Feel free to enter as many Uru pictures as you wish, whether newly created or posted long ago.

The winning picture will be used as Uru's portrait on the Characters page—or, if the winner prefers, they can draw a new picture to use as the portrait once their design is chosen as the winner.

Let's put our character design skills to the test. Good luck!
Multiple entries: allowed
Entries are: not anonymous
Deadline: Midnight before Mar 31, 2018
(Contest is over)

Oct. 30, 2015, 4:39 p.m.
AU Design Reference Sheets

#1: 12 votes

Ever since I concept-ed the idea of a white Uru in 2009 I've always had the issue of liking the concept, but not the design. I finally fixed that :3

This is a sheet for use in The Big AU between myself Blazing Black Mage and Suka

Ahadi will come later as I'm iffy with his design. He is currently a slightly golden scar colour with dual mane colours :3

Any more questions! Ask! You're free to disagree with the theory (just as I disagree with red/orange/gold Uru) but don't be a dick about it. :C The hate caused by the last ref sheet I uploaded of her almost made me quit the fandom.
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March 5, 2018, 6:34 a.m.
The Lion King

#2: 7 votes

For the current contest! This is my version of Uru <3
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Feb. 26, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
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#3: 6 votes

I've been meaning to do myself up an actual quick reference of my Uru for a while.
The contest kind of gives me a good excuse to do that.

I always liked the idea of Uru being white but didn't ever want to part with the white diamond marking on her forehead. Thus, we have my white Uru with a diamond on her forehead and some red tuft/ears. Mufasa's red hair, I'd like to think.
Although my colors are definitely a toned down version.. Lol
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July 25, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
The Lion King - Sukalaverse

#4: 2 votes

Simba's grand-mother Uru. Yes, she is a white lioness as her name means ''diamonds'' in I don't know what language.

I've drawn her before, I just changed a few things to her design. :) You see her face? This is what Scar inherited from her.

Hooooooooope YA like it!

Also, it is my 300th picture uploaded on my gallery! :3
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Feb. 28, 2018, 11:53 p.m.
Reference Colours

#6: 1 vote

Here's my version of Uru. ^-^
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March 7, 2018, 1:51 p.m.
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#7: 1 vote

Queen Uru taking a walk through the Pridelands with her sons.
I always imagined her be a rather heavy build, strong lioness, who can easily take on passing rogues or other intruders herself, despite her rather soft and calm nature.

Surely gonna make her a ref sheet for the contest, but I wanted to give her some quality time with her sons first XD
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June 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

#8: 1 vote

So Pandoras-Jinx asked me what I think Uru would look like, heres my take cx (sorry if it looks like anyone elses D: if it does just tell me..) I (hope) I made her a perfect blend of Mufasa and Scar
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March 10, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

#9: 1 vote

For the contest!

Figured it was time to update my Uru design since the last one I made was done in MS Paint.
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March 20, 2018, 7:08 p.m.
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#10: 1 vote

For the contest. Changed her design a bit again. I think it`s pretty nice idea to add some spots not only on her head but on paws too.
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March 26, 2018, 1:28 p.m.
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#11: 1 vote

A bit rushed but it's for the contest!

So, extremely basic break-down of her story:

Queen Uru, born in the Pridelands, raised by the Barbary and eventually ended up destroying both Empires. (Which she did no't intend)
With the Fire empire in shambles, and the people she'd grown up around straight up rejecting her for killing off the high royals and starting a war, she takes her rightful place as Queen of the Pridelands. The residing pridelanders being too fearful of her to deny her right.
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Sept. 13, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
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This is my new design for Uru, or Ranya (as I feel Uru is kind of overused/expected). Wanted to break the mold.

For my new TLK, Uru is the mother of five cubs; Kamini (One Meerkat Too Many), Kirijah (Orphaned Birds), Mufasa, Naba/Scar, and Sarafina.

You can find more detailed pictures of her here:

But boy does she have a lot of descendants, and they include some key characters: Simba, Tojo, Nala, Mheetu, Rani (new addition), quite a dozen other semi-canon characters.

Trust me, even I have problems keeping track of it all lol.
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March 9, 2018, 4:57 a.m.
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I wanted to draw Uru for the contest! I really like white lions and I saw a lot of people putting a diamond on her forehead so I did too! I made a nice and simple design for her, I hope you guys like it!
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March 20, 2018, 11:59 p.m.
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Diamond-spot mark on back of left ear only. Dark ears, dual colored eyes - left green, right reddish. Pupils partial slits. Small eyes (Mufasa), slanted eyes (Scar).
Dark ear rims, thin pink nose.
Mid-length muzzle. Upper muzzle roughly shares width with Mufasa while lower muzzle and jaw resembles Scar's.

Neck tuft that reaches to roughly between her shoulders.

Top teeth are akin to Scar's where the bottom are closer to Mufasa's.

Her build is bulky, heavy one - which makes sense for my head-canon about her fate.
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March 30, 2018, 1:58 a.m.
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Finally finished the ref sheet for the diamond queen :3
I tried to make her look a little younger and less "motherly" in this one. XD
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March 30, 2018, 8:02 p.m.
Fanart (Semi-Canon)
I haven't uploaded anything in just shy of 7 months, wowee o.o

But here, have a fluffy Uru x3
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