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Skipper the parrot

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Who is Skipper?

Skipper is an ara, a large parrot, in imaginative colours. The character was invented by Maria Larsen, who first began drawing sketches of a parrot in perhaps around 2005. In 2008 the first computer drawing of Skipper was shared online and the parrot got his name. In the speech bubble he says "Squawk! Turn the ship around, Skipper! Squawk!" At the same time Skipper got an enemy, the shark. 

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First computer drawing of Skipper. Maria Larsen, 2008

Developing Skipper

Through the years Skipper changed look several times to find the perfect look for the parrot. In 2009 he had darker feathers. 

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2008 and early 2009. Maria Larsen. 

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Skipper was darker and had less contrast in his colours. Late 2009. Maria Larsen. 

When Maria started drawing him in 2018 after an 8 year long break he got his new looks. In 2019 we produced Danish greeting cards with him and his kids. 

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Skipper today. Maria Larsen, 2019

Skipper as young
 

Sometimes Maria has also made younger versions of Skipper. The newest digital drawing is available as a Danish birthday card.

Speech bubble: "Yeah! I've got a feather on my wing!"

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Out of the egg.                    Darker colours.                    Completely green.            Skipper today.

Maria Larsen, 2008               Maria Larsen, 2009              Maria Larsen, 2010            Maria Larsen, 2019

Skipper's family
 

Skipper has run in to girl parrots before but that did not go very well. It is hard to understand Skipper today is a married parrot! Back then girl parrots appeared to be very frightening. Mrs Skipper and the kids were all added in 2018. There are two boys and a girl.

 

Uncle Gull appeared the first time in 2009 and then in 2011. That drawing became part of the first Skipper poster in 2019. He thinks he is a superhero whenever he wears his cape. In reality that is very doubtful. 

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Skipper is laughing at a girl parrot.

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Skipper is scared of a girl parrot.

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The speech bubble says: I don't think I've ever been that close to dogs before!

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Skipper with kids.                                       Mrs Skipper with kids.                     Uncle Gull beat up.                    Uncle Gull with his cape.

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