Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

Every Picture tells a story – realistic and stylised animals in art from Manic Illustrations

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Etsy Shop ACEOs Prints and Originals by Diane Young

ACEO Nosey Horse

Original ACEO Available on Etsy

Small selection of ACEO prints now available on my Etsy Shop, including Nosey Horse which is an original ACEO painting.



It wasn't Me.

ACEO Sold to Colorado USA- Print Now Available

Sold to Devon Uk

ACEO Sold to Devon Uk -Print Now Available

Where is that Giraffe?

ACEO sold to Colorado-Print Now Available



Bulldogs or Retrievers; Red Squirrels or Grey?

Dogs – Cuteness for Attention?

Bulldog lovers may love their breed but put a bulldog alongside a long eared spaniel or a doe-eyed retriever and the cute looks of the latter two will generally speaking attract more attention than Mr Saggy face. Assuming all things are equal this reaction to looks is just not fair, poor old Mr Bulldog he really is just as nice on the inside, after all beauty (or one’s saggy face) is just skin deep.  But if you like attention cuteness is a useful attribute.

Bulldog cute?

Bulldog good looking?

Saggy face.

Squirrels – Cuteness for Survival?

Last night I saw a nature programme about Britain and a topic they covered was about our native Red Squirrel.  The Red Squirrel is under threat as a species since a few Grey Squirrels were imported here in the 19th century from North America and were released by gentry of the time to the wild.  The Grey has now eradicated most of the Red’s population down to small areas of Great Britain mainly because of a disease carried by the Greys that the Red cannot survive. The narrator of this nature program was vehemently against the Greys describing them as many do here as tree rats,  because they are the cause of what could be the total eradication of the Red Squirrel from Great Britain.  The Red Squirrel has all the attributes of cuteness.  His ears are fluffy, his tail is especially bushy, he is very colourful and characterful; straight out of children’s picture books from the 1960’s.  My concern was raised about how we determine the criteria of  favouring one species over another.  Since the Grey would have to be completely eradicated in order for the Red to survive ultimately without human intervention, the only other action that could be taken would be a constant monitoring of areas where there are surviving Reds, culling of Greys as and when necessary. If no action is taken then the Red’s will just disappear from our country altogether.

Will Mouse Share?

Should the grey be penalised because it is successful at surviving here? Should evolution be allowed to run its own path even though humans have accidentally swayed the natural route of development for a species.  Perhaps we should strive to put things back to how they naturally had been as implied by the programme, on the other hand it is concerning that the criteria by which one species is allowed to survive may actually be subjective with the mention of romantic notions of childhood, the species’ good looks and above all a good dose of cuteness.


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Nosey Horse ACEO for sale on ebay

ACEO to compliment Nosey Cow ACEO made earlier, now on listed on ebay.ACEO Nosey Horse


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Ducklings, Dogs and Polar Bears ACEO on ebay

Bella the Basset Hound, Duckling  and Polar Bears.  Recent ACEOS with 6 days to go.

Keeping Baby Warm - Polar Bears ACEO

Bella Basset and Duckling

Bella noticed the duckling followed her everywhere she went!


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ACEOs Mischief Mice and Cherries Ebay

One mouse cannot stop collecting cherries!  Mice for sale on ebay at the moment….

Mouse on a Branch Just-One-More-Mouse-cherry-watermarked-web Cherry Mountain, Happy Mouse


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Badgers in Gloucestershire and my ACEO today

Badgers and TB

Badgers have had a lot of bad press recently and if you read the literature online you will find no scientific evidence to support a cull action against Badgers.  It is not known if Badgers are responsible for the rise in TB in cattle, and it is not known whether a cull would have the desired effect of ultimately reducing TB in cattle.

Brian May

The Brian May online petition which can still be signed until September 2013 currently has an impressive  262840 signatures.


I live in Gloucestershire UK where a grant had been given for a pilot cull starting around now by Natural England. This week our local newspaper announced that farmers were pulling out of the cull and so it was no longer viable.

Let us hope that all the hypothetical talk about Badgers being responsible for TB in cattle has not made the public fall out of favour with them at all.

Badgers are elusive, nocturnal and related to the weasel family. They have been a protected species since 1992 not because they are rare but because they have been vulnerable to human persecution for hundreds of years.
I saw several in a friend’s garden one time, tempted in by peanut butter, it was a lovely sight.  Here is my ACEO for today: Happy Badger!
ACEO happy Badger