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Kleptoctopus by MegLyman Kleptoctopus by MegLyman
Originally native to the Pacific Rim, the Kleptoctopus is now a common household pest throughout the world. They originally spread by hitching rides in trunks during sea voyages, but nowadays they just stow away in suitcases, fondling mismatched socks. If things start to go missing around the house, you probably have an infestation. Although elusive and hard to catch, you can easily rid yourself of the problem by leaving out open cans of beer. They can't resist free alcohol, and will be passed out drunk on your floor in the morning.

Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 6x6"
Prints: Available
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half-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
The name and the look hes giving those keys are what got you my fav!
kittybirg Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Ahaha! What a wonderful picture!

He just looks so devious and sneaky.
Larkkke Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
haha! i love the idea :D
Jirohe013 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Oh, man. Totally awesome :3 Especially since you took the time to commit and paint it! So cute.
Devvyn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
That's just so weird. I love it!
invader-hime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Every time I look at this I giggle.
I love the idea of the pending key snatch.
Just brilliant.
S-Harkey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Haha, the title alone won me over on this one. Great work! Love the details!
MegLyman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! My sister came up with the title after I described the idea to her over the phone. She's a word-person, I'm a paint-person. :D
FictionArtwing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I... I think I may have an infestation of these guys in my home... :O_o: Many of my shirts and socks have, indeed, gone missing...
MegLyman Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, that sounds like an infestation, all right. Break out the beer!
AracTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
The picture is beautiful. And the description is hilarious.

A drunk octopus. I would love to see that.
MegLyman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist

I would totally love to see it, too. If only we had a willing experimentation subject...
AurenGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
No wonder I lose stuff so much! hehe very clever. He looks so guilty.
MegLyman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
They're everywhere. ;D
oktopussy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
The malicious look!
MegLyman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:Mr. Burns tentacles:
teamTHRASH Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Hahaha now THIS is funny! What an absolutely refreshing piece! It's such a great concept and you pulled it off so well- the values are amazing and you used the media so well. This is truly a fantastic painting! Love your stuff!
MegLyman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, I appreciate it! I'm glad to know the media works; oils are fairly new to me.

Cute plushies! :D
JaegerHund3 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007   Photographer
:lol: Wonderful, simple way to show the act of theft. They looks so perfect, with their eyes almost seeming to glance around, and those two tentacles slyly propped on the table.

MegLyman Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D They're good at what they do.
MorticiaAdams Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
:lol: I love your humor.
MegLyman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love making people smile & giggle.
FalconFan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007

So THAT'S where my keys are always getting to!!!

This is wonderful! Great work on the octopus itself--beautiful eye, great texturing. I watched a great documentary by a renowned marine biologist that studies cephalopods, and one of the comments he made seems to apply so well to this: "When they look at you with those intense and curious eyes, you can't help but wonder what's going on in that brain!" I guess here, we know: it's about to relieve someone of their keys! lol!

MegLyman Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much again! I used the oil paint to its full capacity to get all the textures.

Sounds like a cool documentary. I want to watch it! Those ceph eyes sure do hide some intelligence. A friend who works in an aquarium told me that their octopus would climb out of her tank, across the aisle to a fish tank, eat all the fish, and return to her tank. They had to set up a camera before they figured out what was happening. :O_o:

So yes... guard your keys and your socks.
jenchuan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
LOL! I love this. LOL! Great story behind this. LOL!
Togemon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Heh I gotta fave this here too :D

And it explains why I'm missing so many socks...
ladylilth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
this is awsome man, i love its eye.
MegLyman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The eye was especially fun to paint.
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