Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lionhead rabbits

A few days ago, for reasons which would take too long to explain, I began drawing some lions. After some warming-up, I got relatively pleased with the head, but was forced to admit that I didn't quite know how the body of a lion worked, and therefore had some issues with that part of the project:

After some Googling, I found out that lions actually don't have such a great body. Representations of lions usually look muscular and flexible, but in reality, they lack the feline grace cats or panthers have.
Anyways, I think my interest in lions got into Google's limitless memory of facts about me, and collapsed with another topic I had some interest into (and won't explain either), rabbits. As a result, while checking my mail on Gmail, I was recommended to check out Buffalo Creek Farms and their lionhead rabbits. I quote:
Lionhead rabbits are the newest breed of bunnies out there, and it has been a long time since we have seen a new breed. Lionhead rabbits first appeared in Belgium in the 1990's. They were a mix of the Swiss Fox and Belgian Dwarf. The breeding created a genetic mutaion that is the mane gene.

Practically, this has to be the most improbable animal I have seen in a while, one of those mystical beasts like the griffon or unicorn, but looking like a clueless rabbit wearing a lion costume.

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