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The Seventh Bride by ursulav
The Seventh Bride
I wrote another novel. It is dark and weird and has hedgehogs. This is the cover. (It's a fairy tale retelling, so needed to fit thematically with "Toad Words," which was my book prior to this, but they're separate stories, so don't need to be read in any particular order.)

You can find buying options for the e-book at should you be so inclined--Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, all that good stuff.

That is about as much marketing as I can manage in a day, so I'm going to go lay down now.
Land Narwhal by ursulav
Land Narwhal

When the unicorns went into the sea, untold millennia ago* they shed their hooves and took on blubber to become narwhals, and for the most part, they were happy.

But ages passed and ice melted and the seas were no longer as hospitable as they had been. The narwhals heaved themselves up on the beaches and began the long, slow process of reclaiming the land. If you travel to the most remote islands in the long-lost sea, you can find the land-narwhals frolicking in the surf, gallumphing over the dunes, using their horns to heal (and occasionally skewer) passing seabirds. They are still more agile in water than on land, but given enough time, they may reverse the steps that led them to the sea.

And then we’ll have hippocorns, and I just hope everyone will be happy.

*Red bulls may have been involved. The fossil record is silent on this point.

(Someone told me I was a unicorn today, and I replied that I preferred to be called a land-narwhal, and…well…you know how it is.)

Out of the Hat by ursulav
Out of the Hat

I keep pulling rabbits out of this hat.

It was fine at first. People were grateful. Nothing wrong with that.

But I kept pulling them out. And now they’ve gone strange and there’s something wrong with their faces. I don’t like the way they look at me.

But what can I do? People still expect rabbits…


Prints available! I was feeling sort of Arthur Rackham and then it got a bit weird on me.

My Favorite Teacher by ursulav
My Favorite Teacher
Scholastic Reading Club approached me recently for artwork for their "My Favorite Teacher" campaign. I was thrilled to be able to work on this project, partly because Scholastic does such cool stuff, and partly because dragons.

They did ask that I include this paragraph, since the image isn't out in the wild yet:

Created as part of Scholastic Reading Club's year-long celebration of teachers. Teachers change the lives of their students every day. Sometimes a small moment has a huge impact on a child's future. Other times it's the year-long influence in a classroom that can change the course of a student's entire life. Scholastic Reading Club is celebrating favorite teachers this year and will be interviewing students, parents, authors, illustrators, and celebrities about teachers who impacted their lives. If you'd like to share your own memories, you can email them to: judy.newman (at)
Portrait Of The Artist With Her War-Badger by ursulav
Portrait Of The Artist With Her War-Badger
My head-canon states that all Hufflepuff are given a giant war-badger upon graduation to make up for all the crap they put up with in school. This one is named Mister Digglesworth.


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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FridgePoetProject Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member 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:
pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, Ursula, do stop by and say hello sometime.
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Congrats on your Nebula nomination! Woot!
Allysinnia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
It was wonderful meeting you at WindyCon! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art with all of us! :)
HatOfTheGods Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student General Artist
- a childrens book author
- created multiple books
- yet created one of the best memes on the internet
chichirii Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
After all this time  away from a computer im still  in love with your artwork...
lordq42 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014
are you involved with this? (so you don't have to click random stranger's links, its a giant plush version of the biting pear of salamanca aka LolWut pear...)…

Edit: I looked at the original source, the drawing/painting and I see that you have it linked for sale there, so I'm just gonna go hide now. 
PlanetXiN Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Just read the omnibus of Digger, and loved it! Awesome story.
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