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Mermoids and Sand Squabblers

Pencil drawing of mermoid a fish with a face
Pencil drawing of mermoids which are fishes with human faces in the water
Friendly Mermoids
Pencil drawing of friendly mermoid with arms
Angel Mermoid in the waters of Stumbly Boo island

Mermoids live in the coast waters, rivers, lakes and ponds of Stumbly Boo. Their sizes range from the nail of your thump up to that of an elephant (a big African Elephant, not a Dwarf Treelephant or a rare Whalephant). They live off seaweed and other water plants. Mermoid faces are almost human-like in appearance and seem to show many expressions: happiness, laughter, sadness, anger, fear and even boredom. Their bodies can be very colourful depending on the species.

I have come across two types of mermoids– ones with fins on the sides and ones with arms. I actually observed them using their arms to crawl ashore. My favourites are the Angel Mermoids for their friendly peaceful manner and their sail-like fins which almost look like wings. They are rainbow-coloured and enjoy to be held in the palm of your hand to tickle their tummy.

Pencil drawing of grumpy mermoid which is a fish with a grumpy face with dangly light on his head and arms

Sand Squabblers

Usually mermoids live in communities of a dozen up to about 100 individuals. The only ones living in solitude are the Sand Squabblers. This is a special kind of mermoid that is very grumpy looking, quite ill-tempered by nature. They like to keep away from any noise and other creatures unless they want to eat them and will give you a nasty nip if you get too close for their liking.

A Sand Squabbler has a little dangly light hanging right in front of its spiky teeth. These lights attract tiny fish and if they are not fast enough the Sand Squabbler snatches them for dinner. However, they are not the best at catching fish and are hungry most of the time. That is probably why, they look so miserable.

All mermoids seem to live just as comfortably on land as in the water. In good weather they can be spotted basking in the sun on river banks and shorelines. This is one of their favourite past times. It seems to intensify and shade the colours of their fins.

Do you like the Mermoids?

You can order your own print or buy the original pencil drawings today. The artwork comes matted in a black frame and is ready to hang. For more details check out my Curiosity Shop… Meet some of the other fantastic creatures of Stumbly-Boo… like the Treelephant and the Splot

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The Plummet

three drawings of different fantasy creatures called plummet

Drawing of fantasy creature called plummet perched on a blackberry bush

On this drawing you can see a Plummet. As you can see, I had different versions of what this creature might look like. Plummets are happy little fellows and one of the many, strange species that call the island of Stumbly-Boo their home.

Plummets are cat-like in their appearance with small wings similar to a bat. Unfortunately, these wings are way too small to lift this plump little creature into the air. However, that does not seem to blunt their obsession for attempting to fly. They have a rather glazed expression, which may be the result from landing too many times on their heads. So, the plummet is called a plummet, because it has the strange habit of constantly throwing itself out of trees plumeting to the ground below. That is really quite insane if you think about it .

Plummets live in the branches of the Gangleplop trees, where they make intricate nests from the Gangleplop leaves. To attract a mate the male of the species puts his plummeting skills to good use with an elaborate dance display culminating in a final leap off of the tree. Flapping the undersized wings vigorously to stay aloft while nose diving towards the ground. After a quite rugged landing he will dust himself off and climb back up to the prospective mate. Then he will find out whether the alluring display was successful. Or she may wish to repeat the ritual several more times just to make sure he is the right choice. Once the male has recovered from his ordeal the nest building can commence taking up several weeks to complete.

Do you like the Plummet? You can order your own Plummet print or purchase the original drawing today. The artwork comes matted in a black frame and is ready to hang. For more details check out my Curiosity Shop… Meet some of the other fantastic creatures of Stumbly-Boo… the Treelephant and the Splot

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The Dwarf Treelephant

Elephant hanging off a branch holding on with his trunk pencil drawing

dwarf-treelephant_andrew-tong-art_webThe Dwarf Treelephant is quite small, about the size of a Fuzglob. He spends his days hanging from random trees. But the strange thing is that no-one has ever seen one climb up or for that matter climb down from a tree. He just hangs from a branch with his little trunk.

We think they wait until no-one is looking before going up and down the tree. Or there is another elephant helping them up and down when no-one is looking. Who is to know..

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The Splot

Sketch of Splot Andrew Tong Art

Watercolour painting of fantasy creature trying to camouflage with twigs on a tree

The Splot is a curious little chap. He is quite fluffy and blue with bits of brown. The Splot is quite small, about the size of the Pink Tree Elephant. He farts quite loudly too. And it is thought that this is how Splots communicate with each other (nice!).

The Splot is very shy and spends his days up in the GlimGim tree eating the very tasty GlimGim berries, by far his favourite food. However, he doesn’t venture too far up the GlimGim tree as he is afraid of heights.

The only worry a Splot has is the ferocious scary and totally nearly always angry Sabre-toothed Buggle-Bum Tiger who likes nothing more than a fresh Splot in his tummy. But the Splot doesn’t want to be in the tummy of a Sabre-toothed Buggle-Bum Tiger. That’s why he camouflages himself by holding twigs with leaves in his paws, even sticking them up his nose trying to keep very still until the Sabre-toothed Buggle-Bum Tiger has gone.

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A new home

Island Creatures_doodles_Andrew Tong ArtWelcome! If you enjoy the silly things in life, you have come to the right place. A few months ago I started to focus on creating artwork specifically for this new website. I intended to draw a few simpler images, however, that never happened. Instead, I found myself drawing ever more details. Mind you, this is not the first time I experience my drawing process that way.

Every piece of artwork seems to evolve around my main character. Little insects, plants, rocks sprout from my pen. And whenever I set out to draw something simple, my mind seems to laugh at my endeavours … creating the exact opposite.

My pictures want to be discovered, one curiosity & fantastical at a time.