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Bog Unicorn by ursulav Bog Unicorn by ursulav
Common unicorns are not what they're cracked up to be. Leaving aside that they're nasty, foul tempered scavengers, most commonly found lurking around dumps, even leaving aside the smell and the parasites (sure, they look all pretty and sleek, but so do pigeons) and the tendency of the horn to cause itchy rashes, they're nothing you want to pal around with. They're vermin. You can't even eat them. (Well, you can, but you won't do it twice.)

But the bog unicorn is different. It really is pure of heart and noble of intent, altruistic, gentle, good-natured and kind to smaller animals, feeding only on the tenderest waterweeds and being careful not to step on anything. A bog unicorn that accidentally treads on an ant will be wracked with guilt, and if one should happen to munch a careless snail while dining, the poor creature will be disconsolate for days. They will trek miles through squelching and squolorching mud to finded fouled waters and cleanse them with their nifty horn. They will carry nestfuls of baby birds in their mouths during forest fires and reunite them with their parents afterwards, and never once mention any byproducts carelessly deposited on their tongues. They're nice.

And yet, despite these sterling qualities, just try to find a virgin that wants a bog unicorn to lay its head in her in lap. People. I tell ya.

Right, digital, still in a Weird Monster mood. 9 x 12, prints available.
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:iconrostiaper:
rostiaper Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful... *wipes away a tear*
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:iconkaiju-popsicle:
Kaiju-popsicle Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
That's adorable
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:iconpuccalover55:
Puccalover55 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
It's beautiful on the inside and awesome on the outside.
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:iconshinzhon:
Shinzhon Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooh it's so sweeeet, with it's littles eyes **
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:iconbatterymanaaa:
BatterymanAAA Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me smile.
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BlueDragonDevious Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Actually, I would be that virgin who wouldn't mind this creature's head on my lap. It's so ugly it's adorable! (Although it looks kind of big, I don't want to be crushed!)
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:iconpaulinaghost:
paulinaghost Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Very interesting take on it. Its cute in a alien kinda way.
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:iconmoonlight-nekomata:
moonlight-nekomata Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
surprisingly the only thing that I don't think is a form of cute about it is the almost greenish gray coloration, everything else about it just makes me think, "its not traditional cute, but its a type of cute that fits it."
the entire picture is made of awesome.
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:iconsmartcookie33:
SmartCookie33 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
It's surprisingly cute! I love your artwork, too. It looks like something out of a storybook.
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:iconsenthai:
Senthai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
D'aaawwwww. It looks so ugly, and yet so cute. Those tiny little eyes and the sad, kind expression on its face make it adorable in a way.
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:iconfaetouched:
Faetouched Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If someone were to write a fantasy novel, or even just some short snippets of stories, would you mind if they took a cue from some of your creatures such as bog unicorns or garbage dragons?
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:iconwolfenstein2552:
Wolfenstein2552 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Beauty matters on the inside, not on the outside.
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:icondedicatedfollower467:
dedicatedfollower467 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so adorably ugly cute! I love your commentary, too; it makes me want to write a fantasy about bog unicorns.
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:iconlunashewolf:
LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
The picture is beautiful and so is the creature. Forget conventional beauty!!
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:iconthegoodsamaritan:
thegoodsamaritan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Am I the only one who finds it adorable? I am, aren't I?
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:iconholdingbacktears:
HoldingBackTears Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I want one. ;~;
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:iconedgedweapon:
EdgedWeapon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Artist
Cool. That thing is ugly, but dang if it doesn't deserve that virgin.
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:iconstupidfae:
StupidFae Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
It looks like a grandparent
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:iconamayatenjo:
AmayaTenjo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
It's stupid cute.
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:iconsanny239:
Sanny239 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ugly, repulsive, hug worthy, and kissable in one .
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:iconl0lwut12:
l0lwut12 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Absolutely beautiful. The story is also very interesting.
To be honest, I don't think I'd really mind touching one of those things. I think they'd feel very soft.
Can you tell me what Bog Unicorns do around humans?
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DragonsEatCoal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
It looks awesome and i love the story for it :D
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:iconlupus743:
Lupus743 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
This is the cutest ugly animal I've seen.
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:iconfluffygerbil:
FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
His tiny eyes make him so cute and awkward looking, awwww...
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Poor thing
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Titianna Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Its the eyes. That's what is giving away that the Bog Unicorn is tenderhearted. You actually captured the gentleness in it's nature in its eyes. Very VERY well done.

Personally, I think it's cute in all its pearlescent lumpy glory.
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:iconfaraleigh:
Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Writer
I would've totally wanted a bog unicorn to lay its head on my lap.

Though it would have to understand I could've potentially hugged it to death...
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:iconotterlore:
Otterlore Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's cute ^^
It's like a... hippo and a rhino had a baby with one horn XD
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:iconfabulicious12:
Fabulicious12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I'd let him lay on my lap. That unicorn ROCKS <3
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:iconvividgrim:
VividGrim Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's... it's so cute! <3
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:iconlightning-swallow:
Lightning-Swallow Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Also found through TVTropes. All together now...D'awww!
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:icona-quilla:
A-quilla Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Found this through TV Tropes. You hit just the right blend of odd-looking and appealing.
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:icongordonsoleil:
GordonSoleil Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Oh gosh. I just wanna give it a hug and tell it everything'll be okay.
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:icondeidarascryingangel:
DeidarasCryingAngel Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'd let it lay it's head in my lap ^^
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:iconnyar1athotep:
Nyar1athotep Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How adorable is that?
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:icontira-shrantall:
Tira-Shrantall Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear god
it's
it's so ugly it's downright adorable.
I just totally want one oh god. I'm not good enough for one nearly at all but it's just so damn cute.
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:iconregina-luporum:
regina-luporum Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How exceptionally singular! I love your included explanation!
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:iconinvader-kaya:
Invader-Kaya Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I love this! it's so unique! I love your discription in the artist's comments as well, it definatly gives a new perspective on unicorns!
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:iconamayatenjo:
AmayaTenjo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
This is epic. I would gladly accept one of these guys as a visitor :)
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:iconspun-sugar-soap:
Spun-sugar-soap Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
it's really cute, in a squishy way.
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:iconislander-60:
Islander-60 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A cool picture and a cool concept!
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:iconierpier:
ierpier Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh, that's so cute :) Also very talented drawing
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:iconhareguizer:
Hareguizer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I love your bog unicorns, they're one of the highlights of dA!

I've featured it here: [link]

(If you would rather not be featured, let me know and I'll remove it.)
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:iconbonzard:
Bonzard Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Very creative.
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:iconblueninja151:
BlueNinja151 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
:( I want to hug him.
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:iconthedandydragon:
TheDandyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Awwwwww, he's so cute
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:iconcolor-freak1:
color-freak1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so creative.....
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:iconlin-kitty13:
Lin-Kitty13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
It's acctually cute, in an unusual way. i like it.
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:iconjacky1298:
Jacky1298 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Unbeleivable. You have ruined my childish inside voice. HOW COULD YOU!!!
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:iconloganstoppable:
LoganStoppable Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Hehe, nobody really said HOW unicorn should look like. In fact, there can be bambilion of appereances (depending what sort of animal you like), so this is really refreshment :) Amazing art
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