I can already feel the electromagnetic stimulation from the cattle prod burning a hole in my buns, so that means it must finally be Friday! It’s time to open up the wishing well again and pull out another long distance dedication for this week’s Prompt the Squirrel post! We’re still stuck on 17 prompts for this year’s run of PTS2, and that’s just not right. Now it’s time for me to whip out the bovine taser and politely remind you all that EVERYONE who reads my blog is entitled to send in one prompt, and there’s no reason my entire readership shouldn’t be on this list somewhere! Go here, submit an idea, then feel good about yourself for doing your duty and have a drink on me…
This week’s prompt comes from one of the handful of talented amigurumists I follow, Dragonsashes! I’m not 100% sure if that’s ‘Dragon’s Ashes” or “Dragon Sashes,” but either way the name of her blog is The Dragon’s Cave… and as you might expect, she has a particular fascination with those fire breathing cuties. She’s also working on a zodiac series that already has the most adorable head-butting little ram you will ever see. So, what did our dragon tamer ask of this meek little squirrel….?
Create a hybrid creature/new mythical creature. 😛
A couple years ago, I took my three most unique characters and combined them together into a three headed monstrosity for a drawing challenge. That would be
halitosis fire breath Buster, sharp toothed Rainbow Donkey, and beatnik bearded Pigladillo from left to right, super glued together onto a dragon’s body. As you saw in yesterday’s comic, I don’t necessarily buy into the assumption that unicorns should always be happy and magical beasts… RD looks like he’s ready to have some poor, hapless knight in shining armor for lunch.
I’m not going to wimp out on this challenge by just changing the date on an old assignment and handing it back in, though. We’re going to create something even more mixed up and bizarre today… a real tribute to the fact that there is no such thing as a “pure blooded” critter in this world, and that the thorough mixing of the gene pool has been going on for millennia upon millennia and is a totally awesome thing!
To create our super hybrid, let’s consider all of the favorite species we have frolicking about The Nest and let’s find the most identifiable part of them to put on our finished misfit of science.
Of course, any six million dollar critter we create here at The Nest would have to have some squirrel DNA within it! With squirrels, there’s nothing that stands out more than those big and fluffy tails! So, we’ll just snip one of those off (OUCH!) and move on to…
Our creation would have to be a little skunky… and no, we’re not going to take the most obvious trait from our little stinkers. How about that absolutely handsome black coat of fur with the telltale white stripe? Yep, we’re going to do a Penelope Pussycat job on our new creature and give it a skunk’s markings. Now let’s consider…
No authentic mash-up of favorite critters would be complete without a spoonful of raccoon juice. We’ve already given the tail to the squirrels, so that trademark dark mask around the eyes is what we’ll borrow from our trash thieves! And on we go on this biology project from hell to…
Since The Nest has real and unreal cats, we’ve got to find a way to work a little of the feline touch into our zoological Frankenstein. One thing I uniquely draw on cats as opposed to my other short-snouted critters is a triangular, light colored nose. So we’ll cut off one of my kitty’s noses to spite their face, and then try to work in…
Though dogs only make up a few minor characters in The Nest’s world, canines were such a big part in its creation that our new critter has to have some pooch hardwired in it. Nobody’s claimed the ears yet, so we’ll give our science project some flappable ears that are always fun to fold back on
and annoy a dog. And as a bonus, I’ll even accessorize this fauna remix with a cute little collar and tag! Now, how about those….
Our most popular marsupial species would be impossible to leave out of this experiment gone mad. And while there are many uniquely possums parts to choose from, the one detail that truly gives Buster away (besides the spilled intestines) is his rat tail. Hey, we’re building a make believe hybrid here, so why can’t I give it two different tails? It would only be seven short of being a kitsune. And speaking of mythical creatures…
We can’t possibly leave out the overwhelming influence of unicorns given their lofty status on my blog in both Rainbow Donkey and my
Bronylike fascination with the MLP gang. Yeah, it’s gonna be that horn… you probably guessed it. Critters with unicorn horns are always more awesome than critters without unicorn horns. And just to complete the original triumvirate of creatures that went into the Piglapossumcorn…
Pigladillos… er, Armadillos!
While the Pigladillo has a hybrid name, he’s actually all adorable little, leprosy ravaged armadillo at heart. So why don’t we up the challenge by giving our superbeast a hard shell to tote around on its back!
Now, to fast forward through the never ending series of awkward breeding sessions you’d never be able to unsee to create this mythical hybrid….
And ladies and gentlemen…. the result of our eight-species genetic experiment!!!
I guess I was feeling a bit fanboyish, so I made our mythical creature into a warrior princess… and in honor of this week’s prompter who helped make this all happen, I gave her a cool little dragon as a faithful companion. That’s only the second time I’ve EVER tried to draw a dragon (and first time in almost 8 years), so I’m giving myself an A+ for that effort… especially since it took me years to…. oh hell, I still can’t draw horses. Our squirrel/skunk/raccoon/cat/dog/possum/unicorn/armadillo lady needs a name. Anyone got any suggestions?
And so, the curtain falls on yet another Friday prompt that gave life to a bizarre creature Mother Nature never intended to have around. Many thanks to Dragonsashes for inspiring the worst biology lab mess since Buster accidentally wound up on the dissection table! I’ll tackle another prompt of mythical proportions from those who aid and abet me next week!