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Tania Herrero Hernández
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation


Hi guys! I'm writting this journal because I received a lot of comments about my Mouse Character Design from my animation short project "The Red Wanderer" looking like Mrs. Brisby from the Secret of Nihm or reminding someone to the movie.

I need to say some things about this, so the comments wont be repeated again and again:

The Red Wanderer project was born from my love of various movies and videogames: Princess Mononoke, Shadow of the Colossus and The Secret of Nihm, as well as my love for the animal world and dark themed stories.

I absolutely agree on the project reminding you to the Secret of Nihm, because it was one of my inspirations speaking about a story about a mouse from a dark-dramatic point of view. My story is absolutely silent, there's only music accompanying the action, which I belive it helps to that ambience I'm looking for.

I have to be sincere now: I don't think any of my characters looks like the one from The Secret of Nihm, and I'm going to explain why I don't like to read comments of people that only write them to say "this looks like...". I feel honoured because Don Bluth is one of my favorite artists of all time, but I spent a lot of time looking for photos and videos on the internet, researching and trying to understand how a mouse or a rat "works": how it looks, how it moves, anathomy... and after that, trying to adapt it to my character, because I want him to be able to stand and walk on his feet. I assure you that Mrs. Brisby or any other character from The Secret of Nihm or any other movie wasn't on my research images and the last of my intentions was to "copy" them.

The last thing I want is to sound rude, but I need to say this because I don't think any professional artist likes to read comments that only say "This looks like..." and that's all. Constructive criticism is something I always appreciate A LOT, so please, if you have something to say don't keep it to yourself!

Sorry if this offended anyone, it truly wasn't my intention.
Secrets expressions by Tanimatic
Secrets expressions
Some expressions I did for Secrets, a character from the comic I'm developing. It actually has a name now: Omertà: The Code of Silence.

Want to know more characters? Visit my gallery folder for this project:…
Luminahi by Tanimatic
Line up of the whole cast of Luminahi (obviously in progress!), a FANTASTIC graphic novel by the talented :iconjwiesner:

I will keep updating this entry as I finish the other characters. If you didn't know Luminahi, I really recommend you to read it. If it's a dark anthro crime story with suspense, characters full of life and a breath-taking storytelling what you're looking for, you won't regret taking a look >…

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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Still missing you, my friend. :c
LuminescentRayne Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015


Hey there! :giggle: You've been given a deviantART Compliment! :heart: :dummy:

Hope you have a wonderful day! :tighthug:
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Missing your art updates, man. Hope you are well! °A°
yansusi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student
I love your style ! *A* Your work is awesome !! <3
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015

because I found Dante's long lost little sibling who has an adorable smile.
Sagittarius09 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
♐️You found a long lost family member!?!😟
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
So today I found this amazing new favorite insect:

It had me believing FOR HOURS that it's a wasp-mantis hybrid of some sort because it's super badass!

Then I learned it's actually a fly. :0 That badass disguise though, holy cow!
Techta Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found your page and I love your work! I've been working on an anthro noir graphic novel for about 4 years, but I don't post anything about it because it's pretty personal and there are people who would be more than happy to steal ideas. But yeah, its funny how many "great minds think alike" with this genre, as there's your work, my work, some other DeviantARTists I've seen here and there, and even the successful series Blacksad. I'm surprised there haven't been more big budget endeavors in this genre as it seems to have formed a niche and has a decent sized audience for it.

I'll definitely follow you to see where this goes! Awesome work! =D
TechGnaw Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
NathanielHarris Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really admire your style, and I think your animal characters are executed in good taste. I really dislike it when people make their animal characters appear too human, but I think You have created a good balance. With the exception of your character Selma, if I were you i would consider giving her a more cat-like design, but nevertheless I love your work.   
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