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Bird Priest by ursulav Bird Priest by ursulav
The bird priests of Umma-kai spend their lives in the contemplation of feathers, in hopes that someday, they too may learn to fly.

The Zacharian Heresy, which split off some centuries ago, suggested that possibly the structure of the bird's wings was more useful to contemplate, but since the Zacharians mostly died in hang-glider accidents within weeks of the schism, it became a non-issue.

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I liked the color scheme from the last Digger cover so much I wanted to fool around it a bit more, so I did another quick little piece. The bird-masked priest has been lurking in my sketchbook for a year or two, and finally decided to come out.

Prints are available for $10 and $20, plus shipping. Send a note or visit [link] for details.
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:iconalex91jes:
alex91jes Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Amazing..... cool bro.. congratulation
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:iconstudioodin:
StudioOdin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing... pure art! :o
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:iconmaddog10-20:
Maddog10-20 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the tribal/Victorian feel. Excellent color usage.
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:iconburtonfan96:
Burtonfan96 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
likelikelike!!!
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:iconbartirix:
bartirix Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice art :)
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:iconsulfate-free:
Sulfate-free Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
*GASP* can't...stop...FAVING xD
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:iconshadowxmantle:
shadowXmantle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
:O
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:icontataritebisrael:
TatariTebisrael Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Nice concept and illustration. The mask remind me of the Doctor from Assassin Creed.
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
This is so cool!
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:iconsashaarcain:
SashaArcain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
This is really amazing. What the hell is this little bird dude creating tho? maybe a sorta reserection spell?
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:iconrosstopher86:
Rosstopher86 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful. I love the msk to death, the lines and colors are amazing. Great attention to detail in the magic aura. love love love this
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:iconjack07:
jack07 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
a beautiful looking design!
I love the outfit and that coloring...especially with the feather's glow
and I really love that backstory you have there...I wonder, do you have more to it?
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:iconnecrypt:
Necrypt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I really like your style and the mask looks awesome!
Fav!!!
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:iconlogan-pope:
Logan-Pope Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Filmographer
Great work on this :meow:
Keep up the good work
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:icondudemon27:
dudemon27 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Writer
This is so kick ass...
I like the feather alott!!
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:iconholy-descendant:
holy-descendant Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
its beautiful the feather magic is great:)
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:iconbullet-jawz:
BULLET-Jawz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
:D :D :D Plague Doctoresque!!!!
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:iconfreakaru:
Freakaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great use of texture to bring out the simple design. A fav.
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:iconbrangzomovia:
brangzomovia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Another beautiful piece! Powerful in a subtly deep way! I love the way you do color!

:sun: :w00t:
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:iconraulito1992:
raulito1992 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
so cool nice work :XD:
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:iconcmday:
CMDay Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
gave me an idea for a mask i'm gonna make.
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:iconkeepkickin:
keepkickin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite part is most definitely the hands and the glowyness of the feather
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:iconfovj:
fovj Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
You are very creative
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:iconpeichenphilip:
PeichenPhilip Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Nice one!
i love the mask!
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:iconpro-mole:
pro-mole Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something on birdish skullfaces that simply attract me. And your backstories just make me like your art more, so I simply a-love it!

Dumb Zacahrians... of course the wings got [i]nothing[/i] to do with the flying! Do dandelions have wings?!
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:iconfuzzynecromancer:
FuzzyNecromancer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Very wyrd. o.o I like the contrast of dark warm colors with sharp, light cool color. Really draws the eye into focus.
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:iconhalonut1:
Halonut1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
This reminds me alot of the chozo from metriod. very nice work :D
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:iconkagama:
Kagama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
cool character design.i like the maska and the black hands very much.
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:iconkagama:
Kagama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
cool character design.i like the maska and the black hands very much.
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:iconrorovv:
Rorovv Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
very very nice! i sincerely lovv it ;>
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:iconobcideon:
Obcideon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
OMG !
THATS AWESOME!!
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:iconidzit:
Idzit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Artist
I might have to make a costume out of your idea... and when I do... you'll be the first to know!
It's AWESOME!

:flirty:
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:iconidzit:
Idzit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Artist
I might have to make a costume out of your idea... and when I do... you'll be the first to know!
AWESOME!

:flirty:
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:icondecemberpie:
DecemberPie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I love this picture so much, good work. I like his hands a lot. :#1:
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
BAM! You are very talented, & obviously also hard working. much appreciated :)
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:iconredds:
Redds Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you play games? I was wondering cos the face looks an awful lot like one of them Windcallers from Legend of Mana. ^^;

[link]
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:iconpatrx:
patrx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
Interesting concept....a bird being done in while hang-gliding...LOL :D
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:iconwebleywebster:
webleywebster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Nice to see that Loplop didn't retire when Max Ernst died.

ww
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:iconhinso72:
Hinso72 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Oh my god, I love your art! Your style is so unique and...and...It just rules, plain and simple! I love his mask, by the way.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is magnificently eerie. The mask has nabbed most of my attention.
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:iconscottishrose:
ScottishRose Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
*hides* scary
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:icondnaexmosn:
dnaexmosn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God, hilarious. What kind of animal-oid lies behind the mask, though? A hedgehog? Or is that just spiky hair, 'cause it has a tail, and I'm pretty sure that hedgehogs don't.
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:icontestudon:
Testudon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
really cool! :D
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty cool! :)
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:iconreymonkey:
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007   General Artist
I'm seeing lots of other comments on the mask, but what it reminds me of is the mummenschanz performers. Very cool work. Also it looks almost like he's sitting inside of a ribcage, but the rocks also remind me of the volcanic columns rocks sometimes forms.
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:iconaoede:
Aoede Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
I love the blue swirlyness. How did you do that?!
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:iconharukaju:
harukaju Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
I can never decide what is best about your art. Is it the image? the technique? the sense of humour? or is it the fun little story to go with each piece?
as usual, you amaze me and continue to be my absolute favorite deviant.
you rock!
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:iconeustaquio-man:
Eustaquio-Man Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007   Interface Designer
The artwork alone is awesome, but the story behind it adds a lot of value. It makes the whole a lot more creepy.
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:iconnanobear:
Nanobear Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
for some reason this reminds me of "secret of nymph" with the owl elder guy...i love this pick it speaks to me.
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