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Nala Mheetu Sarafina - Family by DJ88 Nala Mheetu Sarafina - Family by DJ88
NO you may NOT use this image for basing,copying,tracing,altering,RPing, personal character pictures, commercial use, re-uploading, blah blah BLAH ETC.....

Nala and Mheetu having a sibling rivalry moment over who can successfully take down a wildebeest out of the two, Sarafina (their mother, for those not in the "know") just smiles and waits for the show.

This is of-course a "if only" image.
If only Mheetu was in the films, and If only he would have made it to be a fully grown adult.

Also just wanted to compare the three as adults in one image.

I don't really have a theory as to what happened to him, my guess, is that he was either banished or killed during Scar's rule, or he escaped.

That's my design for adult Mheetu btw, it's not official.

I dunno.

I just needed to draw, I was fairly depressed, and i had been wanting to do this kind of image for a few days, so why not eh?

Just struggling a bit lately in RL and with art.

well, yeah, enjoy.


if you have any questions on these characters, or any other lion character mentioned. please go here

and yes i drew these, no i did not steal, stop wasting everyone's time ;)


i think that about covers all the questions i would be getting from this type of picture XD
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The-Wicked-Yveltal Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
How do you draw lions and lionesses so well???  This is amazing; they look just like the characters!  If I didn't know better, I'd think this was actually from one of the movies.  :D  I'm very impressed!
Danishay Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I can NEVER tell Nala and Sarafina apart.
NukaLover1989 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Family resemblance GALORE!!! They all look very similar. Although Nala is older, her and Mheetu look as they could easily be twins. Great artwork! :)
Isabellesusan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
sharptalon300 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This looks too much like the real thing! Why do u say it's your own when it looks just like the movie's animation? Btw this is a complement
KingScar229 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Really cool!
Flufflypuppies12 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Art is just DIVINE!

GamerGirl8240 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can never tell Nala from Sarafina... how do you guys know who is who??!!??!
DJ88 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are subtle design/color differences in the characters. if you compared images of them back to back, you can see them ;)
Ziragal028 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Hey um... Do you hand draw these on the DA Muro?
Mistress-Honey Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is so adorable and I love your design for Mheetu. May I ask what program you use? Like photoshop, sai, ect.
I'm trying to improve the quality of my own drawings and manga studio can only do so much. Thanks :)
Ziragal028 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I love how you make these pictures look like from the films, DJ88!!!!
Ziragal028 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Love it! If only Ni was there then it would be the whole family!
KovuAndZira2001 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
hey can u draw me a pixel base so i can make u something? thanks
KovuAndZira2001 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
good! i love it! i think he could be a bit darker.
Amazing-pictures Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Awesome dude! (Or dudet...)
DarkNightlitMoons Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool! :D
Avatardpegasister Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!
Moonsound Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I thought Scar killed Mheetu before he reached adult age.
softkittypaw11 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow cool profile Picture! is it Feathertail?
Moonsound Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it's feathertail.
softkittypaw11 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, cool...
ClaireBear26 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you have a your own design of Nala and mheetu's dad Dj? :)
Jasme22 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Perfect *___*
LilacMouse Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! They all look so TLK-ish! I wish Disney would hire you to make more TLK stuff
Jolin-chan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Woah amazing! You can draw this Style really good! :D I totally thought it was a original Drawing from the Disney-studios ^^
coolman196 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sarafina, Mheetu, & Nala look good as a family, without Scar/Taka.
NalaTheLionessCub Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
nala has a dad called tia there is a pic of him just type in nala's dad and it will come up
he is nala's colour with a brown mane and a green background
try it P.S i do not know how to put on the link
DJ88 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In all actuality Nala has no official father. According to the films, comic, books, etc. What you think is cannon, is more than likely fan-made.
Unless you provide me with a link showing me where you have gotten this information (and I think I would have known about Nala having an official father by now), neither of us will know.

Honestly this has been a long debated topic for years and years. I have never heard of this character until now, and you ought to figure out "facts vs fan-creations" before leaving such a comment. People have talked circles around this topic.
And seeing as there is no official confirmed character to be her father, you can believe what you wish, you could even make one up on your own. Which a lot of people have been doing for a very long time.
NalaTheLionessCub Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
yeah she does there is a pic now piss off
LilacMouse Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quit being rude to the artist and enjoy the pic. She worked hard on it so piss off yourself.
DJ88 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, you do not need to be so rude here. Seeing as I wasn't rude.

Here's  a wiki page for this issue. you should read it. it has everything in it that I want to say. And more.

So, again, according to the creators of TLK, the movies, even the books and comics that followed. There is no official character or design of a lion that is meant to be Nala's father. This Tia character that you are talking about, is probably a fan-made character. There are a lot of fan-artists out there that have dabbled with, and or created their own version(s) of Nala's father.

Here's an idea, why don't you link me to the picture you saw of this alleged "father" of Nala's.
1. So I can see what you're talking about.

2. So we can see if it is a fan-made character or not.

I even looked for the picture you were talking about and I did not find it.

And again, you can believe whatever you want to believe. Sure. Everyone is entitled to that.
But you really ought to not argue your own personal beliefs with facts.
dogpu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
You put lots of security on this image...
Kiara249 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mheetu looks amazing here, Sad he wasn't in the movies, I guess he would've looked just like that really...
:iconfavoriteplz: Gotta add this to my favorites :3
potatoe12 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Wow! This is absolutely amazing! You should really be an animator or lion designer for Disney if they come up with a 3rd Lion King! <3
DarkwolfTala Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Omg. Mheetu looks pretty hot for a lion
FerrillManson Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there like, 2 of nala or 2 of sarafina in this pic?
DJ88 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adult Nala is putting her paw on Mheetu, and Srafina is just standing there.
erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I love this version of Mheetu(: I could just imagine if they kept Mheetu in TLK. Would have been cool to see the older version of him.:P But it would have changed things like Scar's rule. Mheetu could have got rid of Scar himself, I'm sure he wouldn't have stood there while his mother Sarafina and Sister Nala and pride suffered. Could have been another reason as to why he was cut out.
KateWolfAlpha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
HungryScorpion Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Sarafina looks like she's giving the same look Nala gave Simba during "Can you feel he love tonight", sexy...
RulerOfLions Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is amazing! I love the way you made Sarafina look kinda olde, and I love your design for Mheets.
Rainfr0st Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Love it! Putting on my favs!
CrocodileRawk Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I love how you sort of widescreen the picture with to dark blocks on the bottom and on the top.

I guess you draw these by hand and then scan their into your computer and line them in Illustrator?
Do you use photoshop for the coloring.
It looks fantastic. Could very well be from a movie.
Ravenhearst201 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Hehe, I can make up a mini dialogue for them. Mheetu tells Nala some news that's gone around the kingdom and all and her reaction is like:

Nala: Shut up *playfull shoves Mheetu*

Mheetu: We're not kidding *and chuckles*

Sarafina's just smirking at the little conversation they're both having.
WingedWolvesForever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
is it just me or is Mheetu hot in this picture?
Extremevision Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
rivalry in the pride, i love the face expressions.
xXKillerLionXx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
BoraTLKfan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Artist
i love the pic, but if mheetu wasnt in the films, how do you know that he would have never made it to be and adult?? just a thought.
Xxfrankie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
its safe to say your version of mheetu is perfect lmfao, I love your work, amazing job
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