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Giants of Aotearoa - Weta by lemurkat Giants of Aotearoa - Weta by lemurkat
There is an awesome new range of postage stamps just been issued in New Zealand. They're called "Giants of New Zealand" and are 28% larger than your ordinary stamp. They are illustrated by Dave Gunson, one of my favourite New Zealand artists.

Since a full set only costs $7.50 I have decided to collect them all and render my own version. This is the last one - the Giant Weta. He's trying to decide if he wants to snack on some stylised ants.

It is postcard size - I think 6x4 inches (give or take) and coloured in polychromos pencils, tombow markers and of course, the original stamp is in the corner.

I will not be trading these.
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liobian Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yohoho… what a cracker version of the stamp! Love it, kid!!

Ol' Gunson
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^ That means a lot to me, coming from you!
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Sir-Didymus Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
awesome and you've got that semi cartoon stamp look going on as well... just great all around :thumbsup:
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lemurkat Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I copied from Gunson's art, but he is an artist I admire and my art is a little like his.
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Sir-Didymus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
most excellent. to tell you the truth I've never heard (or remember hearing) about this Gunson.. do you have a link?
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Google Dave Gunson. He's illustrated a lot of stamps, cards and picture books so you've probably seen his work.
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DetectiveAnonymous Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome picture! I love this insect. For the longest time I couldn't remember what it was called. I think there's some type of weta that can endure extreme cold. Pretty admirable, I say.

I really like how bright and colorful your illustration is compared to the stamp.
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