River Horse

 I’ve always been bemused by the meaning of hippopatomus, which is river horse.  Hippo meaning horse and patomus meaning river. I really don’t see the resemblance. If I were to rename the hippo in greek I’d name him chioropatomus which I think according to the internet (which we can never fully trust) would be greek for river pig (chioros). Either way I’ve always loved drawing hippos. This is a sample from a picture book I’m working on. More to come….


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