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Jacana and Hippos by ursulav
Jacana and Hippos
Another piece in homage to the shin-hanga print style, particularly that of Yoshida Toshi and Yoshida Hiroshi, who traveled the world making prints of various sights they saw in their travels. (Not a bad way to spend a life!) Some of their stuff is so amazing that there are no words.

This is an African Jacana standing on hippos (and yes, I actually saw Jacanas walk around on hippos in Chobe Park. Hippos are apparently very laid back if you're a wading bird and not, say, a boat.)

Photoshop & Painter. Prints available at
Eagle Hug by ursulav
Eagle Hug
Today is a very fine day.

(Yes, my Bald Eagles look like chickens. Incidentally, the real ones sound a lot like chickens. We are sacrificing majesty for cuddles, here.)
Rabbitform after Kawase Hasui by ursulav
Rabbitform after Kawase Hasui
So I spent most of yesterday ogling the work of the master artist Kawase Hasui, who was declared a national treasure for reasons that are really freakin' obvious if you look at his work.

(Seriously, go google him. I'll wait.)

He did beautiful portraits of an urbanizing Japan. I am in awe. Each one looks like the background for a glorious movie, possibly by Studio Ghibli, but seriously, SOMEBODY make movies set on those.

Awe in me tends to lead to homage, and I have nothing more suited to put into such a piece than the odd little spirits that occasionally show up in my work. I still don't quite know where they belong.

This is a view the field in front of the house, which is currently overrun with Queen Anne's Lace, and the spirit is a little more akin to the Chatham Rabbit, which was once famous, than to the desert jackrabbits I usually paint. My local spirits are small and I do not always know what they want, but sometimes I feel them there nonetheless.
Blue Dragon Coffee by ursulav
Blue Dragon Coffee
I can do anything in the world for the next few days, while I wait for edits before I am chained back to the children's book illustration wheel...and apparently what I want to do is advertising posters for fake products. Go figure.

We have prints!
Echo Harbor Poster by ursulav
Echo Harbor Poster

Visit Scenic Echo Harbor! Take part in the quaint local Harvest Festival! Several prominent citizens agree, Echo Harbor is the place to be!

(Echo Harbor is a fictional–and somewhat sinister–town in the Hidden Almanac podcast that I write. The tourism board occasionally advertises on the show. Reverend Mord, who hosts the show, recommends that you do not actually visit.)

I am having way too much fun with these, even if this is more “classic travel poster” than strict Art Deco, because it’s hard to make a wicker man without squiggly bits. You have to get up really close to see the human sacrifices, though!

…There’s a phrase I don’t type every day.

If you’d like to have such a thing in your home, you may be weird, but I will enable that!



Ursula Vernon
United States
Well, let's see. I'm a painter and children's book author, I live in North Carolina, and...uh...just go look at the art. The art will tell you everything you need to know, and a lot of things you probably didn't.

I'm the author/illustrator of the Eisner-nominated webcomic Digger and the children's books "Nurk" and "Dragonbreath" from Harcourt-Brace and Penguin Dial, all of which can be purchased through Amazon (visit for direct links.)

Almost all art shown here can be purchased in print form at or by dropping me a note or an e-mail.

I am not accepting commissions at this time, and will not be for the foreseeable future.

Portrait above by Margo McCafferty-Rudd, 2008

Current Residence: North Carolina
Favourite style of art: Digital painting
Favourite cartoon character: Brock Samson
Personal Quote: Have you the brainworms?!
So hey, I wrote a book! Another one, anyway!

Toad Words Cover by ursulav

It's a collection of fairy-tale retellings I've written over the years, plus an all-new never-before-seen novella called "Boar & Apples." (Think Snow White. With talking truffle pigs instead of dwarves.) As always with my stuff that's not for kids, it's under my pen-name, T. Kingfisher, so that parents do not hastily buy kids a book and not realize that this is a book full of weird and occasionally scary dark things.

You can check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.

Links to places to buy a copy or read a sample

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kazak-koka Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Tomorrow will be released the first book of Dragonbreath here in Bulgaria. :) Just can't wait, already ordered it. :)
asianpuppet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love your art style - and you have devoted much time to your artistic craft - both to pictures and words. I am inspired! :squee:
WaffleMurder Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are freaking awesome la-jawdrop 
biofilonihilizta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Excelente trabajo! :)
x-MirthfulMessiah-x Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making an awesome meme xD

Still rlly good art though
Der-KAIser92 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, You are so creative! I especially love your weird food - collection! La la la la awesome work! I have to add you to my watchlist :)
Juanilla Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
wonderful art!!!!Heart Heart Heart 
sandrabauser Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!!  Your work is fabulous!! Instant fan :sun:
FridgePoetProject Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Ursula!  I've been a fan of your work for such a long time, and it seems I've finally found a good place to say as much.  Very much looking forward to following your creations from this new observation deck (Boldly, Boldly, but Not Too Boldly)!  

Keep up the quirky, uproarious, and deLIGHTful work!
IndustrialComics Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
What the heck?  Your art is great and your descriptions are hilarious.  Great art and great's really pretty selfish on your part. ;)

Seriously, my wife :iconwindraven: was just showing me your work.  I absolutely love it!  I will be watching you (in a totally normal, healthy, non-stalking way)!

Here, take this llama. :llama: It will help you with your gardening.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta go check the rest of your gallery! :gallery:
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