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The Smartest of the Yarders by tranimation-art The Smartest of the Yarders by tranimation-art
"The ever promising Detective Inspector Clawes, you must have come with something important to bring you out in such a gale..."

While Basil of Baker Street never professed a great deal of respect for the Scotland Yard's detectives or their methods, he was sought out by them in his capacity as a "consulting detective," and had extensive and repeated dealings with the many officers. He, however, was not retained by the police to supply for their deficiencies, but Basil has recently begun to relax in these attitudes when he met a bright newcomer to the Metropolitan Police.

Born in a British colony of the tropical South Pacific islands of New Zealand, Detective Inspector Clawes was born a gentleman — the son of an Irish forensic professor at the Otago Medical School, University of Otago, who was a pioneer in new scientific field of "scholarly pathology" (or what is later known as "forensics") and his wife, a retired "professional beauty" (who was both an actress and dancer). Along with his identical twin brother, he entered medical school, but dropped out to care for his beloved mother when turned catatonic. He had a falling out with his father when he annulled his marriage with his stupor-induced wife to wed a woman half his age. His twin brother continued his medical studies, but Clawes felt it best to enter into civil service to help support the family more immediately and found a niché as a criminal investigator.

Detective Inspector Clawes, the rising star of Scotland Yard, had become the youngest of twenty-nine inspectors of the "Met." Basil has high hopes for his career, describing him as "the smartest of the Yarders." He is a practitioner of deduction and reasoning, applying his own medical knowledge, scientific experience, and logic methodology in his own cases. He professes the admiration and respect of a pupil for the scientific methods of Basil of Baker Street, who considers him a kind of protégé, but Basil is often critical of Clawes' abilities to apply them. Of a probing, endlessly curious mind, Clawes is intelligent, industrious, and well-grounded, possessing a charisma, wonder, eagerness, and boyish whimsicality. Clawes is a kind of a Kiwi Beau Brummell, often seen well-dressed, carrying multi-purpose walking-stick in one hand and a field evidence suitcase in his other. Despite his endearing exterior, he hides a great sadness and deep insecurities within him, caring for a catatonic mother who can neither embrace him, see him, speak to him, hear him, or is even aware of him, which has labeled him as bit of a "mama's boy." Due to his tropical nature, he has a natural love for the sun and sea, and has a strong dislike for winter weather, or perhaps English weather in general. He is also a rose hobbyist and an accomplished pianist.

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I've had this character for about two years now, so it's high time I show him off publicly. The character is inspired by Inspector Stanley Hopkins of Scotland Yard and Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Constabulary from the Sacred Writings. His name came from my own (unintentional) misspelling of an Eve Titus character from the first Basil of Baker Street novel, Constable Clewes, and it just stuck! Clawes is represents Basil if he joined the official police. They have similar intellects, but his personality is practically the opposite of Basil's. He's making way for a new breed of criminologist — the "modern-day" forensic investigator, bring the Holmesian method to the official police force, à la CSI: Baker Street! (Listen to his adorable Kiwi accent HERE.)

Inspiration - Inspector Hopkins (GOLD, BLAC, ABBE), Inspector Baynes (WIST) | Models - Craig Parker

Medium - Photoshop, 4B graphite.

Detective Inspector Clawes © Diane N. Tran.
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WingsOfASong Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my what a handsome mouse! *blushes*
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Inspectors Stanley Hopkins and Baynes were always unique among the Canon.  They were the two officers Holmes had SOME respect for their brains and that's saying A LOT, actually.  So, I just combined the two into Clawes.  He is, in a way, Basil if he was a Yarder, but made him as individualistic as possible.
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WingsOfASong Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well he's wonderful. And he is so handsome! :love:
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yes, he's handsome, too!  That's a given.  :XD:
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WingsOfASong Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*snuggles him*
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm always surprised that he already accumulated quite a mighty fandom with ONE upload.
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WingsOfASong Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He should. He's awesome.
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anibus3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I remember The Great Mouse Detective, I even own it on DVD. Since I saw it as a kid, it was rather fun and interesting for me. And since I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the fact that this movie was related to it made me enjoy it further. You did a great job on drawing your character, it looks like the same drawing style of the movie and that's normally hard to do. To me, your original character seems like Inspector Lestrade (I think I spelled it wrong). Since Basil is meant to be the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes. All in all, it's pretty great.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
First of all, I'm very happy and flattered by your kind words.  I did do my best to capture the essence of the original Disney film, yet I was a Sherlockian (and Sherlockian scholar) well before I was a Basilian, so Sherlock Holmes will always come first before Basil of Baker Street.  With that said, I aimed to bring the Eve Titus' BASIL OF BAKER STREET closer to the THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE and then THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE closer to the original Sacred Writings, encompassingly keeping it all as "canonical" as possible.

Holmes actually knew many, many inspectors.  Four of the most famous were Lestrade, Gregson, Hopkins, and Bradstreet.  I've done mice-versions of these characters as Vole, Greyson, Clawes, and Bowstreet.

Vole was mentioned in the Titus Canon by name only, yet never made an appearance; therefore, I created a mouse-version of Lestrade, but did him in a way where he seemed both real and original and fresh at the same time: tranimation-art.deviantart.com…

You can see the rest of my GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE works here: tranimation-art.deviantart.com…
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anibus3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Oh. I never read Eve Titus' Basil of Baker Street in fact I've never heard of it. I think so far the only inspectors I've read or seen so far are Lestrade and Gregson, while I do really like Sherlock Holmes, I haven't been able to read many of the stories due to the School Library not having many and not having the means to go to the town library. But all in all, I have to say you've done a very good job.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The Titus Canon is a cute children's book series.  I recommend it.

Lestrade and Gregson were referred to by Holmes as "the best of the professionals" and a "the pick of a bad lot", as police corruption was rampant at the time, but these two were honest cops.  What I also love is the physical dichotomy of the two.  Gregson was big and burly, build like a brick wall, while Lestrade was short and weasel-like and full of nervous energy.  While these two criticized Holmes' methods, Hopkins was described as "the smartest of the Yarders" and took to practice Holmes' methods into his own investigations.  He was considered Holmes' protege in a way.  Bradstreet were know the least of, other than he's middle working class, and transferred from one district to another.

You can read the entire Holmes Canon here, as the stories are public domain now:  ignisart.com/camdenhouse/canon…
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anibus3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Oh okay. I'll take a look at it. Was there a rp site of some sort that was based off of this? It just seems like it to me but I could be wrong.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
No, it's all the books.
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anibus3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Oh okay.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Why would all that information be in an RP?
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CherlnIDA Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:eyes: I find him oddly attractive. Is that normal?
I do love the way you layers these guys out, depending on which character I'm developing, it can often take weeks to find the right layers. Scrapped ideas. Bastial took freaking weeks since he comes off as a joke character with an ego problem, who is a bad snippet rifleman with his own insecurities. It's like two pages worth. LOL But I had to condense it slightly for his own profile in my gallery because IT'S SO FREAKING HUGE WITH SO MUCH SPOILERS. XD
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Honestly, yes, it IS strangely normal. Clawes has developed quite a fangirl following, which surprised me a bit, because I'm used to being the "fangirl". So having my fan-characters have "fangirls" is a novelty I didn't know was possible. :shrug:
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CherlnIDA Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You made him too handsome, or maybe he's just so handsome he's seeping out charms. XD
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I think it's the eyes. Those kiwi-green eyes are unique.
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CherlnIDA Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. The eyes just add to it. :XD:
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice! You are so good at these!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm surprised at the popularity of Inspector Clawes; yet, at the same time, I'm not because I purposely made the little bastard (and I say that with utmost respect) as handsome as possible, making him the opposite of shrewish Chief Inspector Vole who, I feel, is a more interesting character.
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Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I first came across this characters in a story called "Whispers in the Dark". So this is where he originated from. His biography is certainly interesting. Lovely line art. He looks very classy. :clap:
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! Definitely check out my gallery, there's several folders dedicated to GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE. I hope you enjoy my other Scotland Yarder, Chief Inspector Vole.
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Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I certainly will check your art! GMD stuff makes me nostalgic. ^_^
You came up with Chief Inspector Vole too? That's cool. In the story I read, he calls Basil "Bassu". Do you know why and what it means? I asked about it but I never got an answer.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm the creator of Chief Inspector Vole (as well as Myerricroft Basil, Mlle. Irene Relda, Julius Augustus Silverson, Capt. Sebastian Doran, whom she-who-will-not-be-named have stole, Inspector Greyson, Inspector Clawes, and the name Sherringford for Basil, which I have an entire two-part essay on in my gallery). The reason why Vole says "Basulll" is because it's a simple quirk due to nasal voice/accent/speech pattern. It's actually based off the actor, Colin Jeavon, who played Inspector Lestrade in the Granada SHERLOCK HOLMES series. (By the way, it's explained in one of his Vole pieces; I believe the latest one.)

Let me give you a link to the entire "Six Napoleons" episode and you can see for yourself. It's one of my favourite episodes. In fact, I model a lot of my GMD characters off this show. The voice of Colin Jeavons is what I hear for Vole: [link]
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Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's quite a cast of characters. Are they all on your gallery as well? I'm guessing that Irene's last name is "Adler" spelled backwards? And who are Silverson and Greyson based on (if they're not completely original OCs, that is)? I've only read the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collection, so I'm not familiar with all of the characters outside the primary cast.
Stolen? By who? o.O
Ah, so Vole's "nickname" for the detective is actually an accented corruption of "Basil". That makes more sense now.
And thank you for the link. I'll be sure to take a look at it later. ^_^
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Like Basil is based off Holmes and Ratigan is based off Moriarty, there are many other characters in my pastiche cast. I'm such a canonist:

Here's the "Why Sherringford?" essay: [link] , [link]

Irene Relda came from the original BASIL OF BAKER STREET children's novellas by Eve Titus and, yes, it's "Adler" backwards: [link] , [link] , [link]

And, of course, Vole based on Inspector Lestrade and, yes, it's a quirk in his accent. He's not an true Englishmouse at all; he's more French, specifically Breton: [link] , [link]

Inspector Clawes (misspelling of "Clewes" from the Eve Titus books) based on Inspector Hopkins: [link]

Eventually, I'll have two more recurring inspectors from the original Holmes Canon -- Greyson (spelt "Grayson" by Doyle) and Bradstreet.

Julius Augustus Silverson based on Charles Augustus Milverton: [link] , [link]

Colonel Sebastian Doran: [link] ....and he was stolen from me by several: [link]

Oscar Milde is based off historical Victorian writer, Oscar Wilde. The Disney film had Basil and Dawson meet so late in life, 1895ish, instead of the actual 1881 for Holmes and Watson. Doyle and Wilde knew each other, complimenting on on another's books, and Doyle was very starstruck with Wilde, so I always wanted him in. He was an intricate part in the lives of both Basil and Relda: [link] , [link]

The Baker Street Irregulars are all named after the most iconic Sherlock Holmes actors: Huggins (Jeremy Brett), Gilly (William Gillette, first to Holmes on stage), Cushing (Peter Cushing, Hammer Film/BBC Holmes), Norwood (Eille Norwood, the first Holmes on film), Rowe (Nicholas Rowe from YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, first film with first CGI character), Buster Keaton (SHERLOCK, JR), Livanov (Vasili Livanov, the Russian Holmes).

Therefore, check out my GMD galleries here: [link] , [link] , [link] , [link]
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Oh! Something else I was curious about was if you had a first name for Detective Inspector Clawes?
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Emrys. It's Welsh shortening of the Ambrosius (Greek, "immortal"). It's also one of many names of Merlin. Clawes has a twin brother who goes by Emlyn, which is Welsh shortening of Aemilius (Latin, "rival"). You can see his full name here: [link]
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Ooooohhhh. Okay :3 Thank you!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm very particular about names. I feel names tell a lot about the character itself. Emrys and Emlyn are twin names. They're uncommon names because I hate naming characters common names, like John or James. The name Emrys ("divine/immortal) has a lot of history. His name is mostly taken from Ambrosius Aurelianus (or Emrys Wledig in Welsh), a Roman/Briton war-hero from Romano-British who fought against the Anglo-Saxons back in the 5th century.
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
O: oh! Very interesting!
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Oh wow! What an interesting character! Wow. And he looks so cool! I'd REALLY like to see an interaction between him and Basil. I bet it'd be really fun. I hope you'll draw more of him.

I really love all these characters you come up with for this The Great Mouse Detective universe! There all just so compelling. I want to learn more about them.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like this character. I wanted to make about four different kind of inspectors for Basil to ally himself with. And I'm quite proud of the character of Clawes and was surprised how well received he was. I wanted him to be as unique as possible. While Vole is a grudging ally/rivaling competitor, Clawes is a student/protege. I'm planning to do more drawings of him.
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
WELL. You can now add me to the list of Clawes fangirls o3o Such a dapper mouse.

And I actually feel really bad for him. The whole thing with his mother and father makes me want to hug him. Poor guy. I can't even imagine what it's like going through something like that.

Well! I can't wait to see more of him! You should do a drawing of him in a vest like you did in the bottom sketch. It's quite flattering on him. :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awwww, thank you! I'm absolutely flattered that any of my character could ever get fangirls. I admit it's a little weird because they're such a part of me. I'm so used to being the ONLY fangirl, cheering at the sidelines with tiny flags in my hands that happen to be pencils. So it really means a lot to me, more than you could possibly realize.

Yes, Emrys Clawes definitely took it the worst of the two twin boys. His mother was a very beautiful, beautiful woman, so to see her waste away is horrible for a child to see and to realize your own father is the cause of it and doesn't even care (or at least he doesn't believe his father cared) is even more horrible. That he loves his mother so much, but she can't talk, she can't walk, she can't comfort, she can't hug. No matter how much he loves her, she fully INCAPABLE of showing that love back. You can understand the angry and sadness that builds inside him He's a character who sees a lot of injustice in the world and feels he has to do something about it. I think, or at least I HOPE, that's the motivation of most detectives and police officers.

More waistcoat? Technically, that's considered "undressed" in the Victorian age, but I'll see what I can do. ;p
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Well! I will continue to flatter you and fangirl over Clawes and your other characters (because they're all so interesting :D )

:( poor guy...I don't know how I'd handle a situation like that. I love my my mom so much...so seeing her like that would be really hard for me I think. Well...he at least has his brother and his brother's family for support.

And he sounds like someone I'd get along very well with. I get very angry when I see injustice.

And yes. MORE waistcoat. I love a well dressed man in a suit, aand I love waistcoats especially.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awwww... :happycry:

I'm not sure how I'd handle the situation either. I've never experienced it myself, so I can only imagine how it would affect him. But, yes, he does have a supporting brother and his wife.

I think he's a very likeable character. At least, I hope he is. :XD:

Okay, more waistcoats. Got it. ;p
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Torayashachan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I Find him to be a very likeable charcter :D :heart:

:la: More waistcoooaaaaaats
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Brilliant - this would make a great movie and I love Craig Parker as "The Voice."
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like it!
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EclecticConcierge Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Gosh.....The detail that you put in to your charatcers is well....detailed! You have almost EVERYTHING a person would need to know about them right in a single concentrated dose! Amazing!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, glad you like it.

I don't say everything about the character, but it's a good start. I wanted to give a good basic profile here and later reveal more about the character later whenever I have more pictures to post. ;p
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And now we have Stanley Hopkins' GMD counterpart as well! Superb :) The design is fantastic, and the body language speaks volumes about the character. As always I'm blown away by how much thought and insight you've put into your descriptions, and now I'm awaiting with bated breath your designs for Inspectors Greyson and Bradstreet, as well as a picture of the four Yarders together =D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Outside Lestrade, Stanley Hopkins is my second favourite inspector in the Canon. He always fascinated me and I was always regretful that he only appeared a scant number of times in the original stories. Because there's so little information on Hopkins, I took a lot of liberties with Clawes.

Also, I'm really happy you like Clawes. I've had him for a few years and only recently announced him publicly because I wasn't too sure how people would react to him. However, I wasn't too surprised that he achieved fangirls so quickly. I blame his stunning green eyes and adorable Kiwi accent for that.

Nevertheless, I want the four inspectors to be very distinctive, so that their personalities (or their designs) didn't blur together. I'm still working on Greyson and Bradstreet, too.
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
AWESOME!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.
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murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Geez I love this guy. ♥

I was wondering...about how tall is he? And what does his coat look like? :sherlock:
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