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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?!
Well, as some of you may recall, way back last year I was fooling around with making a game on the StoryNexus engine, put out by Failbetter Games. (They do Fallen London.)

They announced a few months ago that they're not going to be developing for it any longer, because they're very busy and there's no money in it. And I am entirely sympathetic to this, and understand their reasoning. But--the downside--I probably won't be pursuing this game any longer because once the maker stops supporting it, stuff gets tricky.

But y'know, I put a crapload of work into the world and I love it very much and I would like people to be able to see it.

Act One is playable. It is occasionally buggy--they broke some of the art options--and there are quests that don't wrap up and the Act ends on, not so much a cliff-hanger but with a whole lot of stuff unresolved. And parts of it are dull and grindy and parts of it are probably not at all intuitive and I did not do the best job of design. The art is 99% stock because, as I said, they kinda borked some of the art options, and though I did a few new pieces, I couldn't begin to illustrate all 400+ cards, and even if I had, they wouldn't work right now.

So I am not recommending this as a great gameplay experience, because it's not all that great.

But it is a first effort, and y'know, despite all those caveats, I'm kinda proud of what I managed to accomplish in terms of worldbuilding. I love these guys very much, I love Quippet and Crazy Wool and the Tangerine Rabbit and the Silver Rat and all the rest.

I'd like to someday follow their story. It might be as a book or it might be as a comic or I might just set up a "Random World Website With Stories And Art And Poetry Written By Stuffed Sheep," or I might even find another way to do a game like this.

But if you want to play it, here it is. (Please note: If you find bugs, I can't do much about them anymore, and sometimes art shows up labelled as "Placeholder Image" which, again, that's a new one and kinda them. So tech support is not gonna be great for this However, if you get actually STUCK--as in it's broken, not as in "I don't know what to do next!" then use the support e-mail and I will try to get you unstuck!)

(If you hate games that require some grinding, you will not enjoy this. It's okay, they're not for everybody, no reflection on you! It's cool!)

It can be reached here: Cryptic Stitching

It requires a Failbetter Games account. If you would like to give them money for more turns, that's between them and you--I do get a small cut, but not much, and honestly, I'd prefer you just played it and had fun. At standard browser rates, it'll take a few days or weeks--the actions refresh at the rate of about one every twenty minutes, so it's one of those games that you do a little bit in your browser when you're taking a break from whatever it is you do normally, not one you power straight through.

And you can hopefully spend a little time in the world and maybe see a little of what I was trying to do, even if events have conspired against it.

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BuntschwarzSue Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your art...
CatONineTales Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought "Nine Goblins" and just love it :) Sure made me wary of what poop I will use in the garden!
Sentinentcodex Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ooooo, I love your art. Can I add you to my watch?
PinkBunnie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
you are a truly imaginative and talented artist, and you have been an inspiration to me for years. i always laugh when i look at/read your work. you have a great sense of humor, and create beautiful and memorable images. congrats and good luck on all that you do
OtherworldyFauna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You are a wonderful, smart, creative person who makes beautiful and original art and I hope you have a nice day.

Carry on :)
DuchessAnnMarie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I was talking about DragonBreath by the way.
DuchessAnnMarie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Thank you so much for your books. I love them. I'm reading the ninth one at the moment. Last summer when I worked at a library I knew their exact location and every morning I would go to see if the book I needed next was back in stock and then I would go in the back to see if already on hold for me if it wasn't.  I wish you never ever to get writers block : ) Your awesome!
itypeslow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You should update the copy write year on the hidden almanac.
Da-Vinch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
finding your page is like stumbling into that magic realm you know is out there but you can't find it when looking for it. You just have to wait till bam, hey, look what I found, rock girl. I love reading your stuff and look forward to reading your story when I get it somehow. 
Thanks Ursula for existing and being found. My time portal will be set for your world often.....Love Clap Nod Heart 
endless-spirit Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Who da man? by thrumyeye 
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