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Surly Squirrel by FreezingIceKirby Surly Squirrel by FreezingIceKirby
Here's a character I meant to draw last month... but, art block and all. :saddestthingintheworld 

Surly Squirrel is from a movie called "The Nut Job", which was released to theaters January of 2014.  Despite the rather depressing review scores it received, I actually thought it was a fun movie, so naturally I disagree with the RottenTomatoe general consensus... but, that's an argument for another time, I suppose.  In any case, even before the film came out, I became a fan of Surly.  After I finally got a chance to watch The Nut Job for myself, not only did he remain my favorite character from the film, he became the highlight of the whole movie for me (I mean that in a good way).  Hey, say what you will about him and/or The Nut Job, but I thought Surly was awesome (and I plan on drawing him a lot more in the future). :D


Anyhoo, there's something I want to mention about the drawing itself.  When working on it, I decided to not use that "Colorful Outline" technique I've been using for about half a year now, because it just didn't work on this character's dark body.  Besides that, I've been kinda wanting to get away from it anyway, since while it often does look very nice, it takes a little too long and zaps the fun out of drawing at times.  So, I decided to try something else for this, and honestly, I think it still looks pretty good.  I'll let you guys decide if it looks better or not, of if I should go back to the colorful outline stuff (technically, I could still go back and use it here if I wanted to... just let me know what you guys think).

(Also, that background took longer than it should've... but mostly because I spent a long time going "nope, don't like that, try something else [for the fifteenth time]. -lol- )



PLZ account, for anyone who wants one of this character - :iconsurlyplz:
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Sia-the-Mawile Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Surly
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. :nod:
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Sia-the-Mawile Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Nut Job is underrated
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BunniesNReindeer Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015
Nice picture, enjoyable to all nut fans.
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nik159 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
it was actually good movie
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely agree.  Out of the animated movies I've seen this year so far, it's currently my favorite. :nod:
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nik159 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
it´s my second favourite) first - Mr. Peabody & Sherman ^^
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regardless of first or second, I'm super-happy to hear you enjoyed the film enough to rank it up so high!  Always happy to see the film getting the love I feel it deserves. :D
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nik159 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
^^ i dont see why everyone seems to hate NJ
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get it either, honestly.  :tears:
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MadlieRocks-Aria Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg my heart is burning cause of the comments there too hateless I like the ending better. Even the the whole movie..
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XThePaganCanidX Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I didn't like the movie very much, but I did enjoy the animation. And your pic of Surly looks fantastic. ^.^
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's one of those films you'll either enjoy or can't stand, but I'm happy to hear it when people at least give it a shot... which is something many didn't do, unfortunately (I'll admit the film has some problems, but despite those flaws I still rather enjoyed it.)

In any case, thanks for the compliment! :D
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XThePaganCanidX Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I can see why there are some people who enjoy this movie. I guess because of the characters, animation, and Looney Tunes-ish slapstick.

I happen to enjoy the show Bible Black, which is another one of those shows that you'll either love or despise. Most people dislike Bible Black because it's too scary and violent for a hentai, I suppose. But as for me, I happen to adore the series. ^.^
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pst. I don't know if you'll see this but somebody is stealing. And they aren't stealing nuts.

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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know.  If you could do me another favor, please report it, I'd greatly appreciate it (I did, though I don't know if it did any good :tears: )
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course I'll report it! I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't! If you're the original artist reporting dA tends to listen more :)
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, thanks, I appreciate it.  :nod:
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! It's a really good piece of art!
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment! :D
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TheNashNetwork Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just being honest! X3

And whaddya now! The art has been taken down! Huzzah!
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, excellent!  Again, thanks for the help. :nod:
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The--General Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
May I use this as an avatar?
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jacobspencer04 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
nice
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :nod:
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Blot-Blue Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WoW so cooooool art!
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :nod:

(Thanks for the +fav, too.)
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Kooshmeister Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, yeah! Surly! I love him! <3
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it. :D
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Kooshmeister Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps the Legendary Hero Grayson is next on the list...?
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never know what I'm going to draw next (I'm kinda random like that)... but yes, I am considering drawing Greyson, too. ;)
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BluewolfR Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
each and every time i come back here you get better in your artwork. this time its more amazing than i thought, whats perfect is the way you formed the feet, it's more realistic and true to a real animal. you're getting more amazing!
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Xover-fan1991 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I liked Surly in the movie. But i also feel the same way to Greyson and Andie, especially Greyson. How did he say: "the girls like my tail". Yeah, Brendan Fraser had fun, i think.:D (Big Grin) 
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greyson was a pretty cool character, too (I'd say he was either my second or third favorite from the movie).  His annoyance with the other animals touching his tail was pretty humorous  Respect the tail, man! :lol:
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Xover-fan1991 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I would watch the sequel in 2016. I wonder, who would Andie choose as her boyfriend (if she's going to).
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DuskHusky64 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cute pic. Gotta love Surly.:blushes:
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Codetski101 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool.
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Meteor-05 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job here man, you did a great job at shadin and light effects ;)

And about the movie, I haven't heard about it in the theaters of here... well maybe comes later... If I have the chance I'll go to watch this.
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it!  I'm glad the extra effort here really paid off. :nod:


As for the film itself, I have no idea if it will ever hit Mexico or not.  Chances are, it may just go straight-to-DVD, but I can't say.  In any case, if you do get a chance to see it... well, I just hope you enjoy it.  Just know that I think the critics are wrong, and I seem to be like one of ten people in the world who believes it's a good film. lol

(If you do get a chance to see it and you don't like it, just lie to me and say you did... it'll make me feel a lot better. ;P )
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sent a link to this drawing to the official Nut Job twitter account, thinking they'd appreciate any sort of fan-input and whatnot (all things considered).  They've acknowledged my tweets in the past, including when I told them I framed that poster they sent me.  Surely they'd like this, right!

...........They completely ignored it. lol

Either that, or they did see it... and didn't like it. :(
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AerithsAdopts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I had so low hopes for this movie... By the time It was over I was already planning to come back the next week for a second viewing! :heart:


Surly is so cute! X3

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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty much how I felt when going into it... and much like you, I also ended up really liking the movie.  Glad to hear you liked it (and I'm glad to hear from more fans... fans of the movie, and of Surly himself)! :nod:


Thanks for the +Fav, btw!  I appreciate it! :D
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AerithsAdopts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I love surly! I wish there was a good poster of the movie that I could put on my wall! X3


no problem! I tried to make some fan art but it looked really bad o_o"

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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't recall if there's any merchandise available of the film.  You'd think there would be some things... but I don't think they've even released a poster, which is a shame.  I'm just glad I won that poster on Twitter... it's the closest thing regarding the movie I'm ever going to have the chance to own myself, besides the Blu-Ray itself.

(If anything, perhaps you can find one online, like on Amazon or something.  That's... the best advice I can give, though I know even that's a long-shot.)

I hope you're able to find  something.  Good luck with that. :nod: 
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AerithsAdopts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they don't have any merchandise. I already checked online. :/
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang, that's unfortunate.  

Well, there's always the slim chance they'll release something like that when the Blu-Ray comes out.  Just gotta keep our fingers crossed or something.
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AerithsAdopts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe, but I'm doubting it, not too many people liked it. :/
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SSProjects Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Well worth the wait!

Nice touches all around, the background's impressive, and you even nailed the little cheap key ring chain!  A nice job--looking forward to more of your Surly fixes!

(I too am dismayed at the low level of love for the film, reflected in the slim pickings of fan art...ah well, more for us to do. :D )
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  I'm just glad it turned out really well... though this time, unlike my last submission, I made damn sure not to rush things.  I think taking my time really paid off quite well (though I think I might make some edits to the head... I still feel like something's off a bit with it).

Besides that, it's Surly... I just had to put in some extra effort and create something better than the usual for him. :nod:

(I just hope whenever I finally get around to drawing RJ, I put in that same bit of care and attention, if not more.)



You know I definitely agree that it deserves more love.  Hopefully, when it's released on home media (April 15... depressing its run ended up so short...), it'll received some deserved [positive] attention.  Here's hoping.

In any case, I'm liking the way you put that last sentence.  Perhaps you've got something planned.... hmm?  If you do, I look forward to it. :nod:
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