Mobius the MerGoat

A Goat for MerMay

Mobius the Goat, or rather MerGoat, swims in to be a part of MerMay in the latest drawing from Steve’s Sketchbook.

Mobius the Goat, or rather MerGoat, swims in to be a part of MerMay in the latest drawing from Steve’s Sketchbook.

I bet you have never thought of the possibility of a mergoat before, have you? I have not either, actually. That is, until I was thinking of something to draw for MerMay, which I mentioned in the previous Steve’s Sketchbook post.

I had not drawn anything with Mobius the Goat in a few weeks, and I wanted to do something else for MerMay. So I had the thought to put them both together into one thing. After all, there are mermaids and mermen. Why not mergoats, too? Can goats actually swim? I have no idea.

I thought about drawing Mobius without his shirt, showing off some well-toned abs. But then I thought it would be funnier if he were wearing his normal shirt instead. Maybe it is not funny to you, but it is funny to me. And I threw in a snorkel just for good measure, too.


One of the fun things about drawing is that you can draw just about anything you can imagine. You are not limited by what is in front of you, as you are with photography.

The challenge for me is that I do not imagine all that much any more. I have apparently shut down much of my imagination over the years as I have gotten older. I spend too much time thinking about practical things.

So I am going to try to think of more things. To come up with ideas. The more humorous, the better, most of the time. Some things I can draw and maybe even share here.

After all, some of the best things in the world have happened because someone started with, “What if…?”

Bible Verse

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21

About the Artwork

More and more for these art pieces, I am finding that I eventually just have to stop and be finished with it. If I keep looking at it, I will keep finding something to change about it. Looking at this one now, I can see several areas of improvement. But perhaps I am looking at it more critically than most people will.

As you can probably tell, I still don’t have one well-defined style. For the recent Mermaid Tiki, I did not use a dark outline. But for Mobius here, I did use a dark outline. I felt that it goes with his cartoon character style better to have that outline. And for me, a hard outline is a more natural way to draw. But I like the outline-free look of the Mermaid Tiki, too. So I keep changing things up. I hope you don’t mind.

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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.