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Dogboy Confronts The Streetgang
Drawing - Markers, Pen And Ink
This is one of 195 illustrations contained in the first book of the fantasy/adventure series titled "The Vine Of Hours". I am the author/illustrator. The dogboy and doggirl have been experiencing a relatively rapid and extreme physical change over the past few months. All their features have undergone a remarkable evolution and they have gotten quite hairy all over, each developing a full covering of short stiff hairs all over their bodies that is similar to a coat of fur or a pelt. Their faces, the actual bone and cartiledge, have been changing remarkably. With slow, excruciating pain, the entire center of their faces, led by their noses, have elongated. At this point they do not have true fully developed snouts, but it is close. They have become painfully aware of how different they look from anyone else. But that is not all that has changed with them. Their senses have sharpened, all of their senses, many times over, to well beyond what they were before. And, as they are slowly discovering, to well beyond what could even be described as normal human ability, any human. All their senses and consequent abilities are now relatively on par with any dog, or even with any wolf. Really an astonishing and freightening experience for the two of them, especially since it occurred start to finish in such a brief time. They keep each other's company much more than they used to once these changes became obvious to anyone who saw them. They rapidly, and in what seemed to them hardly any time at all, lost all their friends. Both of them, every single last friend, gone, wanting nothing further to do with them. Even their best ones. That really hurt, perhaps even more than the agony they went through from the extreme physical changes to their bodies. This one day they are walking along the streets of Queensbury-Rind during this city's version of the national celebratory fairs declared to be held throughout Bumpo honoring the triumphant return of Prince Aaron. They stroll among the crowds and street entertainers, taking in the various exhibitions and booths selling all manner of goods when they see some street toughs assault and steal the purse of an unsuspecting festival attendee. Plop the dogboy, and Tikei the doggirl, well... really Plop actually, decide to not let them get away with it and Tikei follows along, reluctantly. They track the gang of thieves to a back alley dividing up their victim's loot. Plop effortlessly jumps up onto a barrel, and addresses them tersley, insulting them and inciting them. Tikei is leery as to the wisdom of her brother's intentions, there are five of them, and only the two of them. But she decides in the very first moments that she cannot leave her brother to face this situation alone, even if she is annoyed with him because it is he himself causing it, and even if she doesn't agree with or like what he is doing, or even wishes to be a part of it. He is her brother. She will stick with him no matter what. Like it or not, they only have each other now, anyway.
August 1st, 2011
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