Art of the Day #598 – Featured Artist, Ziegelzeig

Tales of Uncle Nick by Ziegelzeig
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Hello again, fans of Zootopia; Welcome et Bienvenue.

Our collection for this week pays tribute to another of our favorite artists, the one and only Ziegelzeig…or ‘Zieg’, as he’s affectionately known for short.

For those who are unaware, Zieg suffered a pretty serious fall last week, when he slipped on the ice while descending the stairs outside his home. Happily, although he was in some fairly serious pain for a while, nothing was broken.  As of this writing he’s been hospitalized, but hopes to be home by Christmas with his partner and fellow artist, OceRydia taking care of him.

In the meantime, we at ZNN are proud to present a collection featuring some of the Zootopia Fanart he’s produced over the years…and what a treasure trove it is!   While I was searching through the ZNN archives, looking for examples of his artwork, one thought kept popping up in my head. “Wow, Zeig drew this; how did I not know it?”  This artist is a phenomenon… as you’ll see for yourself when you scroll down. Enjoy…and don’t forget to show Zieg–and OceRydia–some love by clicking on the source links.


We open, as we often do, with some pics of our favorite bunny.

One thing about Ziegelzeig; he’s a wizard at portraying characters in different moods.  Here we have Judy in a serious vein.

I won’t give up, I won’t give in by Ziegelzeig
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Annnnd…not quite so serious.  (Oooo, I wouldn’t want to have HER head when she wakes up tomorrow morning.)

[COMMISSION] Drunk Judy by Ziegelzeig
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Now here’s one of Nick Wilde–showing his aggressive side  The perspective here is just pitch-perfect.

Face to Face by Ziegelzeig
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Now let’s bring Nick and Judy together, shall we?  We begin with a trio of nighttime pics, featuring our favorite fox and bunny.

Wow, that’s some awesome fireworks–and the skyrockets in the background are pretty cool, too.

New year’s Kiss by Ziegelzeig
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I love fireflies, don’t you?

SummerMonth Week #4 Art #6 ~ Fireflies by Ziegelzeig
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Take a close look at Nick’s right paw, folks.  Yes, that’s a ring he’s holding.

One Hundred kisses for a proposal by Ziegelzeig
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Zieg is a known lover of heavy metal music, so this pic should come as no surprise to anyone.  Note the headstocks on Judy’s Telecaster and Nick’s Strat…a very nice touch.

let_s_rock___by_ziegelzeig-db086nm by Ziegelzeig
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The agony…

You hurt me by Ziegelzeig
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…and the ecstasy.

Dawn of a new life by Ziegelzeig
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Neither one of them needs to say a word right now.

Calm Down and Cuddle by Ziegelzeig
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Some artists are great at drawing characters, while others are great at drawing backgrounds   And then there are the artists like Ziegelzeig, who are great at both–as the next two pictures demonstrate.

Nick and Judy on a date in Tundratown

Date in Tundra Town by Ziegelzeig
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…And at the Meerkat Market in Sahara Square.  Note the bear and the giraffe in each pic…each regarding the viewer in the same way you might look at somebody taking your picture.

Date in Sahara Square by Ziegelzeig
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Another of Ziegelzeig’s specialties is artwork set in the medieval era.  Note the red cross on the white background, adorning Judy’s tunic and shield; that’s the emblem of The Knights Templar

The Cursed Crusade by ziegelzeig
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Now here’s pic that’s both simple and elegant…and another great example of Zieg’s use of perspective.

Paws in Paradise by Ziegelzeig
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Remember that pic from above that showed Nick on one knee with a ring in his paw?  Well, now you how Judy’s answered his question.

Yes by Ziegelzeig
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Ziegelzeig hails from the Alsace region, in the east-northeastern corner of France.   Here, he gives us a look at Nick and Judy in Alsatian Regional Costume.

Alsatian Nick and Judy by ziegelzeig
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For the final WildeHopps pic in our Ziegelzeig tribute collection, we give you Nick and Judy, then…and now.

Old Arrangements by Ziegelzeig
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Moving on we present s gallery of groups photos, featuring our favorite fox and bunny

Here they are, announcing the new of their engagement to Nick’s Mom and Judy’s folks.

A Great News by Ziegelzeig
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Here they are, on duty with the ZPD, dealing with a minor traffic altercation.  

Fenderbender by @Ziegelzeig
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And sharing a train compartment.  This image is an illustration from a Zootopia fanficton (see the source-link.)

Future Pasts by @Ziegelzeig
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Here’s a pic that was awarded as prize in a Halloween contest.  As you can see from this piece, Zieg is none too shabby when it comes to fantasy artwork.
And again….check out the detailed background.

Monster Hunters by Ziegelzeig
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Here’s another musical moment with Nick and Judy; the two of them performing in a jazz-club.  Our little bunny makes for quite the chanteuse, doesn’t she?

Jazzy Night by Ziegelzeig
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Any artist will tell you that one of the toughest things to draw is an artwork featuring a large number of characters.  And here we see Ziegelzeig pulling it off in style, showing us a spring meet up with him and his online friends at the Bad Guy Cafe. (The name predates the Dreamworks film.)  On the far right, you can see Nick and Judy joining the festivities.  While on the opposite side, underneath the black dragon, are Ziegelzeig and OceRydia’s artistic alter egos.  He’s the fox with the red scarf and white ears and she’d the tan-furred bunny on his left.

Spring Meeting by Ziegelzeig
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Now, let’s bring some of the other Zootopia cast members into the mix.

 Nick and Finnick, letting it all hang out in Tundratown.

Untouchables by Ziegelzeig
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This may be my very favorite Ziegelzeig artwork.  When I came across it on Facebook some years ago, I didn’t quite get it at first.
But then I noticed the wallpaper and mirror, in the background behind Finnick.

And then I was ROFL!

Unforeseen Encounter by Ziegelzeig
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Wolford and Fangmeier ship.  Because…why not?

Wolfeyer by Ziegelzeig
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This is possibly the creepiest rendition of Dawn Bellwether I’ve ever seen.
And yes, that’s a good thing.

Dark Promise by Ziegelzeig
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Here we have Zieg’s portrayal of one of the more popular ships in the Zootopia fandom…Gideon Grey and Sharla.  Yet another pic with a great background

Gideon and Sharla by Ziegelzeig
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Gotta have a picture of Jack and Skye in this collection; that almost goes without saying.

Jack Savage and Skye Winters by @Ziegelzeig
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Here they are again, in a slightly more aggressive mode.

Consecution by Ziegelzeig
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Next up, Zieg gives us a series of crossover pics.

Retsuko and Haida join Nick, Judy, Jack, and Skye for an evening of Karaoke.  We can only hope the next number isn’t a death metal tune.

Karaoke by @Ziegelzeig
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The first time I saw this piece, I thought it was an Official Disney Artwork.  But nope, it’s another Ziegelzeig pic..

The Chubbyguard by Ziegelzeig
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Here’s an image that was inspired by the film Assault on Precinct 13…an early work by John Carpenter of Halloween fame. Whoa, we never knew Clawhauser had it in him.

Attack on Precinct One by Ziegelzeig
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Beauty and the Beast

Beautiful Bunny and Bestial Fox by Ziegelzeig
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How about a computer game crossover?  Nick and Judy in a Zootopified version of Bioshock Infinite.

Zooshock Infinite by Ziegelzeig
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This piece was commissioned by our good friend and fellow ZNN staffer, O.H. Shoot.  It’s an illustration for his fanfic Fantastic Foxes of Zootopia.  Posted with his permission.

Nick Wilde Meets Mr. Fox by Ziegelzeig
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Now here’s a crossover pic that ought to be gaining a whole new level of popularity.

Slick Nick – Fox Gun by Ziegelzeig
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Very little explanation is needed here methinks…except to say that the raccoon at lower right is a rendition of ZNN Staffer DrummerMax.

ZooGuardians of the Galaxy by Ziegelzeig
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It would be totally remiss of us to post a collection of Ziegelzeig’s artwork without including some pieces by his fiancee and soulmate, OceRydia.
And so, here they are.

This one must have been a major challenge to get right…but Oce did it..

Request – Cover the Zootopia Princess Bride by OceRydia
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Judy’s daydreams by OceRydia
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Poison by OceRydia
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Happy New Year Zootopia! by @ocerydia
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WildeHopps x I lava you by OceRydia
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Falling Judy by OceRydia
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Bogo makes a great Kronk, don’t you think?

The Conspiracy – Bogo, devil Nick and angel Judy by OceRydia
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WildeHopps chibi by OceRydia
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Cover for Explosive Love by OceRydia
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I Dream of Judy

Genie Judy by OceRydia
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And (almost) finally.  This is not an artwork by Ziegelzeig or OceRydia, it’s a picture OF them…commissioned from their good friend Qalcove.  (That’s her on Zieg’s head with the mistletoe.)

Christmas Week – Under the Mistletoe by Qalcove
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And (really) finally…an artwork Zieg created for the Qalcove World Tour collection.  As you can see, he’s got a heart every bit as large as his talent.

Saint Raphael, France by @Ziegelzeig
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Until next time…As you might imagine, Zieg and Oce are going through a very difficult period, due to his injury.  They could both really use some new Patrons right about now.

Here are the links their Patreon pages.

And, if anyone would like to make a donation via Paypal to help them out, please click here.