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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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BatterymanAAA Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me smile.
BlueDragonDevious 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!)
Very interesting take on it. Its cute in a alien kinda way.
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.
It's surprisingly cute! I love your artwork, too. It looks like something out of a storybook.
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.
Faetouched 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?
Beauty matters on the inside, not on the outside.
dedicatedfollower467 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.
The picture is beautiful and so is the creature. Forget conventional beauty!!
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