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Winged Apes by Xamag Winged Apes by Xamag
I thought once, looking at lots of different Winged Monkeys, it must be quite sad that they're always depicted as a crowd without personality and background. I mean, yeah, they've told Dolly their story and that they were 'too full of mischief', but for me they seemed to be evil identical minions, while actually it's really interesting characters that only were forced to be that destructive. If Monkeys are a political allegory, I guess people are supposed to sympathize with them. To help this I don't draw an army of weird creatures, but rather a small family of someone who look like humans, but still are treatened by the Witches like animals x)
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
(just shufflin though old stuff)
..Is there a reason these fellas all have names starting with an "A"?

Also, 'tis a nice change how you give them character. However, the otherwise "the masses represent the character" allows for a lot possibilities too, like with the minions from Dispicable Me. It don't bother me much that they have little individuality.. although I aam interested in how you are going to spin these cool fellas around in your story :3
Archi sliiiightly reminds me of "Prince Vultan" from Flash Gordon.. hehehe
Xamag Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you really need a reason to have apes with names starting with an "A"? 

Minions are comic relief, that kind of characters that don't need any depth whatsoever. Monkeys are serious n stuff. But every adaptation just slaps "10 lvl enemy" label on them, most of the time they can't even talk. Even minions had more variety in shapes and reactions. 
Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
it's not because they are Apes, is it :P?

I guess I haven't seen sufficient amounts of flying monkeys in my time, because what I've seen was either that they are "trained" labanimals, monkeys with wings fearful of the whip, or with a group with a single spokes-monkey speaking for all of them. As animals, I didn't find their uniformity strange since it takes a keen eye and a chance to observe them over time to notice the differences between a pack of monkeys/gorrillas and that chance wasn't given while with the spokes person they felt like a personality in unity.. (birds of a feather 'n all)
The minions, though, were probably a bad idea to mention since they have shown the entirety of the unity and spokes person thing combined by allowing both observation of the unity in general as well as a fragment of the group for individualisation, which I haven't seen from the monkeys. It leads to show that the minions do all have individuality along with their unity.. even if it's a shallow individuality.
Actually, I think a "minions approach" could fit quite nicely.. although the "smaller personified group" seems nice aswell.. Oh, who knows. Maybe you'll throw me around the bend with your story, hehe
Xamag Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In the books all animals talked, so the monkeys were at the same level as any other characters. They had a spokes-monkey too, but they still didn't look like a solid mass to me, idk. 
GIRL03 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Love your color,Really cute.
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Comedic44 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zepIyn Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Because awesome also starts with a.
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