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"Do you have a name?” asked Gerta.
“I do,” said the raven.
Gerta waited.
The raven fluffed its beard. “I am the Sound of Mouse Bones Crunching Under the Hooves of God.”
Gerta blinked a few times. “That’s…quite a name.”
“I made it myself,” said the raven, preening. “I stole the very shiniest words and hoarded them all up until they made something worth having. ‘Sound’ and 'God’ were particularly well-guarded. 'Crunching’ I found in a squirrel nest, though."
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The Raven & The Reindeer, T. Kingfisher

My new book is out today! It’s called “The Raven and the Reindeer” and it’s a retelling of the Snow Queen. It’s available on Amazon, Smashwords, and check this page for links to other formats like Kobo, Nook, and iBooks, as they become available.

Thanks to Sylvester71 for the Core Membership gift!

And I hope everybody has a great end of the year. 2016 careens toward us at breakneck pace...
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 www.redwombatstudio.com
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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.)
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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.
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Ursula Vernon
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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 www.ursulavernon.com for direct links.)

Almost all art shown here can be purchased in print form at www.redwombatstudio.com www.redwombatstudio.com/ 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 www.mcruddart.com

Current Residence: North Carolina
Favourite style of art: Digital painting
Favourite cartoon character: Brock Samson
Personal Quote: Have you the brainworms?!
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"Do you have a name?” asked Gerta.
“I do,” said the raven.
Gerta waited.
The raven fluffed its beard. “I am the Sound of Mouse Bones Crunching Under the Hooves of God.”
Gerta blinked a few times. “That’s…quite a name.”
“I made it myself,” said the raven, preening. “I stole the very shiniest words and hoarded them all up until they made something worth having. ‘Sound’ and 'God’ were particularly well-guarded. 'Crunching’ I found in a squirrel nest, though."
— 

The Raven & The Reindeer, T. Kingfisher

My new book is out today! It’s called “The Raven and the Reindeer” and it’s a retelling of the Snow Queen. It’s available on Amazon, Smashwords, and check this page for links to other formats like Kobo, Nook, and iBooks, as they become available.

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Imdraproc Featured By Owner 5 days ago
At long last, I found my way along the Non-Euclidean path that led to your glorious Deviantart page!
My first encounter with your art were your Happy Cthulhu pictures, and I like your art style in general.
I did some 'cute Shoggoth' stuff a while back. Check them out if you like.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there,

I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, productive and prosperous 2016!! ^_^
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lemontea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
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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. :)
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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:
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WaffleMurder Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are freaking awesome la-jawdrop 
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biofilonihilizta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Excelente trabajo! :)
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x-MirthfulMessiah-x Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making an awesome meme xD

Still rlly good art though
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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 :)
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
wonderful art!!!!Heart Heart Heart 
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