Art of the Day # 538: Welcome Back ASKalin

Nick Draws Judy by @askalin097
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Hello again Zootopia fans, and welcome to our first themed collection since the resumption of the Art of the Day series.

Today we hail the return of one of our favorite Zootopia fan-artists, the one and only Andrej S. Kalin, who’s been away for the past year performing his military service. As of yesterday, 10/20/2021, he completed his tour, and he’s back with the fandom once more.

Truth be told, ASKalin was never really away. Although unable to interact, he continued to post fanart during his time of service. Many of the pictures on display in today’s gallery were created by him during his time in the service..

For those unfamiliar with his artwork, one of his specialties is drawing cars.  Many of his pieces include a vehicle of one sort or another. He’s also a master at producing trompe l’oiel artwork, two dimensional pieces that you’d swear were 3-D pics if you didn’t know better. (See this week’s Featured Image.) And while his favorite medium is colored pencil, towards the beginning of his hiatus, he began to experiment with digital artwork. Now that he’s back we hope to see him pick up on that where he left off.

And now, without further ado let’s get to the artwork. Enjoy…and don’t forget to show ASKalin some love by clicking on the source-links. And if you should happen to cross paths with him online, don’t forget to tell him, ‘welcome home.’


We open, as always, with a gallery of artwork dedicated to our favorite bunny-cop.

Shutterbunny by @askalin097
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Look Me in the Eye by @askalin097
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ASKalin has always been noted for doing different takes on the same image.  Here we have two, nearly identical pics of Judy, shown in sequence.  The first one puts her in a lighted room, while second one depicts her with the lights out.  Note the time on the bedside clock in each artwork.

Tucking Her In by @askalin097
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Good Night Judy by @askalin097
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And here we have three of Judy with an iPhone

Music Straightens the Soul by @askalin097
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Text For Judy by @askalin097
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Judy’s iPhone by @askalin097
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Just a series of Judy portraits.

Judy in the city

Judy Surprised by @askalin097
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…And down the farm.

Drawing Judy by @askalin097
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Take a look at that mask I don’t know, but it looks more like a fox’s face than a bunny’s to me.  Makes me wonder if Nick isn’t hanging around somewhere, sporting a mask with a rabbit-type design.

Venetian Mask by @askalin097
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Keep an eye on that butterfly; it shows up again in another pic.

Judy Butterfly by @askalin097
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Wide-Eyed Judy by @askalin097
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It’s amazing what you can do with colored pencils.

What I Wanted by @askalin097
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Little Judy plays bunny-cop.  Note the home-made ‘police-radio’ at far left.

RC Police Cruiser by @askalin097
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And now, let’s move on to some images of Nick.  We begin with one of ASKalin’s brilliant faux-3D pics; a WIP sketch, followed by the finished artwork.

3D Nick sketch by @askalin097
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3D Nick by @askalin097
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Would you buy a used Pawpsicle from this fox?

Nick Face by @askalin097
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Nick Plays Soccer by @askalin097
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As Good As A Wink by @askalin097
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We had one of Little Judy, now here’s an image of Little Nick  (and there’s that butterfly again.)

Lil’ Nick by @askalin097
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He wants a tummy rub

Adorable Nick by @askalin097
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And now, a gallery featuring some of ASKalin’s Wildehopps artwork.

Hearts and a Ring by @askalin097
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Yet another take on the ‘Goodnight’ pics featured above.

When You Take Care of Someone by @askalin097
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I just love the expression on Nick’s face here.

Together by @askalin097
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This is MY Fox by @askalin097
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All right fox, what are you thinking?

Police Report by @askalin097
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Snogging by @askalin097
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And Who To Scratch Behind The Ears? by @askalin097
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Boop! by @askalin097
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Next up, a series of Nick and Judy action pics; images that showcase ASKalin’s skill at drawing vehicles.

This particular pic takes me back to when I lived in Southern California; I’m guessing that this scene is going down in Sahara Square.

Detained by @askalin097
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Here again, we have two different takes on the same image–and they go to show that ASKalin knows a thing or two about how to create a dramatic artwork.  Judging by the expression on Judy’s face, I’d say that whatever happened here did not end well.

Into the Lights – 2 by @askalin097
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Into the Lights – 1 by @askalin097
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Nick and Judy with ASKalin’s OC

Something Else From My Archive by @askalin097
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I’ve had several artists tell me that it’s very difficult to show Nick and Judy kissing and get it right; the different size and shape of their face tends to get in the way.  As you can see from this one, ASKalin managed to pull it off in style.  This particular pic is actually a detail from the two shown below.

Up On The Roof 1 by @askalin097
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Here again, ASKalin gives us an alternate take on the same image.  Only this time with a slight variation.  While the first pic is rendered in colored pencil, the second was created digitally.

And in both cases, they’re magnificent pieces of work.  Note the reflection of the police cruiser against the pavement in the upper pic–and the broken pavement in the one below.

Up On The Roof 2 by @askalin097
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Up On The Roof – Digital Version by @askalin097
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Moving right along, here are three of ASKalin’s pics featuring Jack Savage and Skye

Judy and Jack by @askalin097
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And where Jack goes, his vixen follows

Skye at Work by @askalin097
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And here they are together. This pic just blew me away.  There’s a scene almost exactly like it in the the new James Bond flick, ‘No Time To Die’.

Undercover by @askalin097
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Another great one.  Even though he’s younger and whole lot slimmer here, there’s no mistaking the identity of the cheetah in this pic; who else but Benjamin Clawhauser?  And check out details on his police cruiser.

Rookie Clawhauser by @askalin097
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It’s all fun and games until Bogo finds out that Nick stiffed him with the bar-tab.

Prost! by @askalin097
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And finally…

Welcome Home, Andrej S. Kalin.

I’m so Proud of You. by @askalin097
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Until next time…


  1. That`s so great. AMAZING Skills and Talent. SO wholesome. PLease keep up the amazing work.

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