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The Animals of Farthing Wood by IceDragonhawk The Animals of Farthing Wood by IceDragonhawk
And here we are, my first picture on my dragon-drawing break! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Animals of Farthing Wood was TV show made in the early 90's; while being a kids show- well, rated 'U / E' anyway- It was actually a very well developed series, from fully fleshed out characters, to a strong artsyle.

Featured above are 27 (Yes, Twenty Seven), of the season 1 cast, as well as additional 6 season 2 character in the distance. AoFW was a huge part of my childhood, and characters like Fox have a huge place in my heart because of it. Recently I rewatched seasons 1 & 2 for the first time in 15 years, and my refound obsession gave me insipiration for this picture. A homage, if you like.

I haven't worked on a drawing as big as this for a very long time, and my god, I haven't had as much fun working on a drawing for a very long time too. For once I've had the motivation to storm through nearly 30 characters, whereas before, I struggled with a mere 6. Not only that, I even took a lot of care with the details- none of that 'gah, that'll do'.

I'll shut up now, description writing was never one of my strong points. Why you reading this anyway? The picture is up there^ :D


Art 2012 - Nathan Lowndes :iconicedragonhawk:

Animals of Farthing Wood (TV series) European Broadcasting Union
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The visuals are amazing! The clouds looks life like, as well ass the grass. The animals are really good too, you can even see the fur pattern. Even the background looks good. Everything seems really life like. I would comment on the bunnies head, but I am not sure if that is supposed to look like that or if it is. I am putting 2 stars on originality because this is fan art. I only seems logical to not give you something higher. Other then that though, it is all around amazing. Good job again, you never cease to impress.
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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Saoswife Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I remember this TV series from my childhood. Ah~ those memories...
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SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The GoT for kids. ^^;
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koolkitty89 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
Wonderful style and detail in this homage to that ... relatively obscure series, it really does it justice. :3

I didn't catch it if it ever ran on PBS here, but stumbled on it online a few years back and it held up pretty well without nostalgia. (pretty dark and well balanced for a kids show in that vein ... no universal good or evil either, including depicting humans in it. A really neat, nuanced, thought provoking series ... idealistic and comical at times, and at least somewhat fanciful all the time, but focusing on some pretty brutal realities at others ... plus pushing it on through 3 seasons without really getting stale or going nowhere, they kept it moving and kept on with new ideas while progressing with the existing cast)
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Victor2K Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Maravilha
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KRMarvelJedi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
This beautiful
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VegaBone Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, a masterpiece of fanart.
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Pinkiepie909 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i love animals of farthing wood but I've never seen the tv series and probably never will because ive heard some characters switch gender and new characters get put in while some characters get taken out.
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I grew up watching the TV series, and have only recently read the books. I can confirm that the books are much better than the TV series, even though I admire both the series and books.
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Chartayisokay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Taken out"
 
Anyway, I suggest you watch it, You can find it on youtube.
 
Just, be careful. It isn't that cute.
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Pinkiepie909 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, alright :)
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Starlightarcticpaws Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student General Artist
oh and BTW great picture *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (...I Wuv It!) 
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Starlightarcticpaws Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student General Artist
I just love the show...
My favorite's are Fox, Badger, Mole, and Hare 
Red Fox Friend's 3 Avatar for SparkyTheBadger MOUNTY MOLE Commission - Pogo Bunny 



Of course i cried at some of the heartbreaking moments Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] 
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Guardian-of-Azarath Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
This is amazing work, looks like an actual oil painting (even though i know it's not), same calibre my granddad would have been able to do.

I loved this show when i was a kid, bought the entire series boxset on dvd last week for my niece's 5th birthday yesterday. i'm also rewatching it on a site i found that streams tv shows and movies.
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Cambion-Hunter Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Love this show, the book, and your art. :)
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RP1337 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous details ^^ very nice piece of art ^^
Love the series :3
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Shoujohinos Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^0^ I love this show!!!
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ParkesietheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Oh my god. This is BEAUTIFUL.
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99liberty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student General Artist
AND THEN PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY DIED THE ENND
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captain89 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GOD :-O EPIC!!!

Fantastic work loved this show as a lad brings back so many memories & tears Well done :-D
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Hassliebling Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Photographer
Excellent fanart from the great series of my youth! Where I live, it is called, translated "When the animals left the forest"! I bet, I never expected so many animals!
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Forzenflower Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love this they look so real
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Fantasic work funly enouh I stared rewatching on youtube adder was one of my fave charactersand it quite dark lots of characters are killed off
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Tiberius47 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular work!  
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OrnluTheWolff Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
This is ABSOLUTELY incredible! Instantly used this for my desktop background 
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ArthursKnights Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Words cannot describe how epic this is. Farthing Wood forever!
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Write4ALiving Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Damn right!!!
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great art! The detail in the fur, the grass, etc. is impressive :) :thumbsup:

It makes me slightly sad as well, though, knowing that the pheasants never actually met Whistler because... well, you know :(
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LillyTheOmegaWolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
EPIC!
You just earned yourself a follow. 
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Rustic-King Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God, I loved this show as a kid! This is really wonderful!
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Tengger-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
aweeeeeeeesome!!!!!! i loved that show ^^
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ConraDargo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Wow O_O Amazing picture, this truly made my day <3
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WingmanRed Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Ahh my childhood, well done! I'm sure it was like this in the heads of all the kids, back when people used imaginations instead of the cartoons of today :P
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Breizhoo01 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
incredible work!Meow :3 
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D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, great level of detail here!
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Rustic-King Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My gods! I loved that show as I kid! I was really annoyed, because we emigrated towards the end of season two, and so I missed some really great stuff. You've done a great job with this!
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chrisryder123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
So beautiful!! Colin Dann's publishers should be all over this image for a new version book and HOPEFUL DVD COVER *hint hint* love it.
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Harri-Eino Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my god I just adore these series! as 90's child I can still remember it clearly <3
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MythicalNine Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I born in late 90's but I have seen some from that show, I loved it but I never finded it again.. :/ Thanks for the remind!
Wounderful ~
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Tiberius47 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You can find it on Youtube.
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MaestroMorte Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn, that is truly amazing.
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asti-friend Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow great picture! I love how you drew the grass and the clouds. The big rocks in the background remind me of the lion king and I would not have drawn them but meh that is just my oppinion.
Also veeeery nice drawing of the fur especially on the foxes.
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AalienoOr Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Woah... Gorgeous !
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FinalGamer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH my gooooooood I loved this show so much! Holy WOW, okay uh first thing. The best part of this picture, has to be the nature itself. The grass and the sky is AMAZING and it looks like something out of a photograph. I already can tell you have a brilliant skill for landscapes. The animals themselves, are really good, but I have to admit I'm a little uncertain about the streaking-line idea for fur. I don't want to say that's bad, it's clearly well done to give a great sense of detail and smooth fur, but it's not something I'm used to seeing.

Fox however looks perfect. Also really love how you did Adder and Kestrel especially. The fact that you also included Vixen and Whistler who, while are not in the main series' logo ARE honorary Farthing Wood animals, is really cool. So yeah. Huge fan here, big thumbs up for how much love you put into this.
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Generaallucas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Artist
who shit this is freaking amazing
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Spicy-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   General Artist
I absolutly adore this. Colin Dann and the BBC really played a big part in my childhood (and actually demonstrated to me the importance of not destroying nature). I downloaded this to use as my desktop wallpaper, I hope you don't mind?
This is mindblowingly good xx
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Silverti Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Wow loove it! Especially Fox, Whistler and Kestrel:D
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FoxenBPerry Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're simply amazing!! I love all the indicidual detail you pt into thos! Might I ask if the pointy rock formation in the distance.. is that the rat headquarters from season 3?
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rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
This... I can't even describe how amazing it is. The detail is just stunning, coupled with the beautiful dreamy background this just stands out a million miles. I can see ever texture fomr Adder's scales to Badger's fur to Whistler's feathers... just incredible. I too, grew up with this show and seeing artwork like this based around it is a beautiful memory. Thankyou for sharing this with everyone!
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dimebagsdarrell Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Thats' beautiful :aww: it was my favourite childhood cartoon, I just wish that they'd release it on DVD. I just bought the first book again :D
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