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Yes, I am a bat ! by Octochimp Designs

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Chester couldn’t wipe the smile from his face, despite the quivering twitch that had begun in his cheeks from muscle fatigue.
He had been standing in front of the mirror for nearly an hour now, turning slightly this way and that, admiring the sheen, the fit, the pure magnificent style of his new costume. His eyes glistened with emotion. It felt good. It felt right. He had always believed deep down that he was a bat. And now he could see himself how he had always imagined he should look. He practiced saying “why yes my dear, of course I am a bat. Can you not see my glossy black fur, my delicate but grand wings?” He repeated it several times.
He was almost ready. Not quite yet.. but almost ready to go outside and begin his new life. Just a little longer. A little more practice, and he’d be ready. It felt good. It felt right.

*image notes: hand sketched and inked. colour work and post processing in gimp.


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  • Michael Lee
    Michael Leeover 4 years ago

    Next you’ll have to do his butler; Alfred.

  • haha, yes. Quite possibly.

    – Octochimp Designs

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    totally awesome & looks like a potential character out of the ‘flushed’ movie. :)

  • hey thanks. and yes, you’re right, it does look like that. :)

    – Octochimp Designs

  • Octochimp Designs
    Octochimp Designsover 4 years ago

    let me know if you think it would be better with or without the speech text included

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartover 4 years ago

    hehe I dig this, he looks so confident :-) And I think the text works well.

  • thanks Matt. do you mean the text in the work itself, or the story along-side? or both? hehe

    – Octochimp Designs

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartover 4 years ago

    Both :-) And the way you’ve done it on the shirt adds a lot of character.

  • cool. thanks. :) I’m having fun writing the short stories for many of my pieces. I think this approach could evolve into something bigger before too long.

    – Octochimp Designs

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartover 4 years ago

    It’ll be great when RB start doing front and back printing combined, then you can have the art and story rocking the same shirt.

  • Yeh! I like the way you think.

    – Octochimp Designs

  • Rajee
    Rajeeover 4 years ago

    Cute character. Great artwork.

  • :) thanks very much Rajee.

    – Octochimp Designs

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsover 4 years ago

    Love it

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