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a billy-bumbler? by Tacimur a billy-bumbler? by Tacimur
Now that I'm reading Stephen King's Dark Tower Saga I had to try and draw a billy bumbler the way I imagine them (more or less). This isn't supposed to be Oy but a random bumbler. I'm still not sure about the tail... o.o"
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Janettio Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Of all the drawings I have seen, this one mostly resembles what I imagine a billy bumbler looks like. I imagine the fur a little darker, more like a badger,(maybe they would have different shades, like many 'real' animals do) but this one is GREAT!! The tail is perfect. Thank you!!
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BrandyWoods Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic rendition! This is pretty close to how I picture them, as well. :)
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, glad to hear that! ^^ Thank you!
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InsaneFallenAngel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
It's very much like the picture in one of the books where it shows Oy with Jake! Amazing!
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noholikecoho Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Writer
it looks like a raccoon to me...you are a great drawer of raccoons, however. you should try again at oy and use your imagination. i look forward to seeing what you come up with.

cheers
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm probably not going back to Dark Tower fan art. Can't even read up on references at the moment since the books are all packed away...
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Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
IDK about the markings (because they seem a little too raccoonish), or about the eyes because they seem a bit too small (King makes them sound like they must be huge eyes), but this is far and away the best looking Billy-bumbler I've seen anyone draw! :la: It's almost exactly what I imagined them to look like!!! And I LOVE the tail!!! King mentions that it's fluffy, long, and corkscrewed afterall, so I think you've done brilliantly! You even managed to give it the long (extendable) neck without making the whole thing look awkward (my attempts always turn out ungodly awkward when I try to do the extendable neck) I just love it!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe thanks so much! ^^ When I did this there were not many bumbler pics around. So if you ever come across one (or create one) you feel is closer to your imagination, please show me, I'm curious.
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Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Ok, but I doubt I will :D Yours is awesome :D
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SamLolzWoot Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
definitely just how i imagined it, 'cept i dont have the skills to put that imagination into a picture the way you do :)
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TheMisplacedEnd Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read the entire series, it is freakin awesome. This is pretty much how I imagined them too. :D
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tower-junkie-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my gosh!! This is so good. Have you read the last Dark Tower book? Because there is a very good picture of Oy in there, and this billy-bumbler looks a lot like it! Also there is a picture of a billy-bumbler in one of the comic suppliments. And I also had trouble picturing billy-bumblers, Oy or not. So cute!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I have but it didn't have any illustrations, neither have any of the others I own... :-( I'd really like to see that!
Thank you very much!
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tower-junkie-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Knowing it a google image search would do the trick. Or, you could go here: [link] I thought that I would just look up the link for you... =/ But if you click on the artwork for the last Dark Tower book, there is a great picture of Jake and Oy.
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I that's cute. :) Though I always thought the tail was meant to be curled like a corkscrew, not like a plane spiral. ^^ Thanks for linking me to those!
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tower-junkie-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!
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hhairball9 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
So far, I like your rendition of Oy the best! It's the closest to the picture in my head!...Great job!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"This isn't supposed to be Oy but a random bumbler." Hehehe. Nevermind. Thank you very much!
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drygrasses Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
lovely drawing. :D I love it, that's a really good representation of billy-bumblers. and I think the tail is perfect, it's just like the description of it looking like a fur-covered bedspring. ^^
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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SnowRaven-Moonstar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009   Writer
I think this is the best picture I've found of a billy bumbler. I found while reading the Dark Tower series that Oy was one of the hardest things to picture. I think you captured it very well and I do liek your interpretation. I think Oy is one of my favourite characters in teh series, he's just too cute. anyway, take care.
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rcs619 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job ^^. Billy Bumblers are cool little creatures.
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allixson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a very good drawing!!!
but i do believe that you've forgotten the gold rimmed eyes.

i also picture the tail to have curly fur, not be curly it's self because Stephen King also describes Eddie's hair to be "corkscrewed" because he just woke up.
so i think that the hair of the billybumbler must be messy or curly because it is also descirbed as "corkscrewed" :)

VERY good drawing still. :D
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Are there any official illustrations of Bumblers, in the graphic novel perhaps? That's an interesting interpretation of the tail ';problem', it makes sense. ^^
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allixson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if there is i need to find one :P
I'm very curious of that.
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bluesbears Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Woah man, this is by far one of the best Billy-Bumbler interpretations like... ever. I think the tail is really awesome! The fur is like amazing, too.
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Fenrir1987 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
omg that is SCARY. imagined Oy very similar to this
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Phantomallow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
:SQUEAL:

That is SO CUTE.

I love your representation. I think it more or less nailed the 'bumbler look.
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psychotic-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
Billybumblers are so cute.
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frogmelon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is almost exactly the way I pictured billy-bumblers to look! I haven't found any other artists whose attempts at billy-bumblers even come close to the way I think they're supposed to look, but yours is awesome.
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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WKucza Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Geat drawing :) I'm adding to favs, as it really resembles the billy bumbler specie :)
Yep, maybe it looks more like a racoon, but it's OK :)

It also fits pefectly to my vision of bublers :) So... now maybe try to make an Oy! :) With his characteristic head and eyes? :)
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fish3k1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Wow - this is almost EXACTLY how I pictured bumblers - nice work!
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Calico-Kitten Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Lovely, it's exactly how I imagined a Bumbler to look ^^
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abject-ampersand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
Almost exactly how I had imagined him! Only less raccoon!
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Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a raccoon-dog ^^
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x3! Awwww! Absolutely adoreable. <3333 I want a billy-bumbler. x3 <3333 Total faaave~
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:iconpyromaniacalsociopat:
x3! Awwww! Absolutely adoreable. <3333 I want a billy-bumbler. x3 <3333 Total faaave~
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MarkMoore Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
I like him(her?)! Michael Whelan's done several drawings and paintings of Oy in the big illustrated edition of"The Dark Tower", which is supposed to be the final volume of the series. His looks more doglike , but maybe that's Oy's specific look. There are actually a number of critters on Earth that seem a lot like bumblers to me, like the red pandas at the Central Park Zoo here in NY. Makes the hair stand up on my neck. And here I thought I was the only person who loved these books...
Mark Moore
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The German issues are without the illustrations, sadly. :/ Can they be found online?
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SleepyShippo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
Looks VERY much like a tanuki (asian raccoon-dog). Awesome image! :thumbsup:
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SushiRoyale Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Very good drawing, but I think it looks too much like a racoon ^^
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SuseDolAmroth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
racoon badger love child? Looks cool though, nice pose and looks very much like an animal that could exist. The subtle shaeds of colour are very well done, IMHO the whole thing could however do with a tad more contrast to make it look natural in that 'light'
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mialythila Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2004
It looks interesting. Looks liek a raccoon dog almost.
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strawberryjello Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
My Freshman Physics teacher had a pet ferret named Oy. This is so cute! =D
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NorwayFox Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Waa! So cuute! It looks like a 'coon!! =^-^= So cute!
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Pyro2314 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2004
HEHE! It's looks like a raccoon! Cute! *huggles raccoon thingie* hehe
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eerin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2004
I have never read those books but the creature you drew is very realistic looking, and before reading the description I thought it was a real animal :D
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LakotaSilver Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2004
Heh... that's my favorite Stephen King series. I was always disappointed that, even in the hardcover editions that had illustrations, there were no renditions of Oy or any other bumblers. (Maybe that was purposeful though, to let us use our imaginations?) However there IS a picture of Oy and Jake in the hardcover Wolves of the Calla, but it looks like crap! :D

Anyway, bravo! Very close to what I imagined bumblers to look like, although I usually imagined them as having larger eyes :}

What book have you gotten to?
My parents gave me The Waste Lands (yep, out of order, hehe) when I was 11 and I read the previous two books then. Then I got Wizard and Glass... and almost died of sadness when I heard Mr. King had gotten hit by a van -.o I was so happy that he'd recovered enough to write Wolves of the Calla recently ;}

Not too many people read the Dark Tower series because it's not King's usual brand of "horror". I'm so happy to know there's a fellow literary fan out there ;} Wouldn't you love to see it made into a movie/series of movies? Hehe! :}
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