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Boneclaw Mother by ursulav Boneclaw Mother by ursulav
This is the cover for Chapter Seven of my increasingly lengthy webcomic, "Digger." Our wombat heroine had just encountered the elder of a tribe of hyena-like creatures, a hooded figure called Boneclaw Mother, and I liked her enough that I decided to give her the cover illustration.

"Digger" has subscription only archives, but there's several hundred pages free at the moment, plus the current page is always free on Tuesday and Thursday. [link]

Masks are probably the biggest recurring motif in "Digger"--half the characters are veiled or hooded or masked, it shows up in the myths people tell, and even the big stone heads scattered at random through the landscape are based on Balinese Barong masks. Possibly I'm a little obsessed.

Anyway, kind've a Susan Seddon Boulet influence on this one. Prints are available, for $10 and $20 respectively--send a note or visit [link] for details.
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SongCoyote Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Merciful heavens, but I love this character!

I love looking at her, reading her antics, and even roleplaying them from time to time (I've introduced Boneclaw Mother to a couple of different tabletop RPG adventuring parties, and I manage to disturb them with her in a way similar to how she disturbs Digger... and other hyenas, for that matter). I've long wanted a tattoo of her on me somewhere, and this image might just be the right one!

Thank you for the many years of pleasure you've brought me through your stories and art, Ursula <3

Light and laughter,
Hellawulf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
One thing I've always wondered about Boneclaw Mother...was she always blind or was it an unfortunate hunting accident?
Hellawulf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
And for that matter, what was her nomme de plumme when she wasn't Boneclaw ' Mother' ? Was she just ' Boneclaw?'
wyrd66 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I can't express how beautiful Digger is. All I can say is that it made me cry, and I don't cry at anything! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"You're a vile old woman."
GoranXII Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
I've recently discovered the comic, and I like it. It's especially refreshing to find hyenas portrayed in something other than the 'dumb vicious scavenger' role. A beautiful piece, although what else could be expected from such a great author and artist?
Charishawk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I absolutely adore this. I think it might be one of my all-time favorites of your work.
discord16 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I think she was probably one of my favorite characters in Digger.
chaosreverent Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
amazing character, epic comic
heartmade Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
this is so cool! it reminds me of aztec or mayan art (:
RynSerenity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Woo, Boneclaw Mother! She has become a recurring character in one of our D&D games-- although in my DM's version, she's a gnoll. Still made of awesome, though. :D
MegRH Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
lol... the ears and head/hat thing look like the hat i have rofl... :D
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
fantastic colors.
junemonster Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
MischievousPooka Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Beautifully done. Love the detail.
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Huh. Clearly I need to adjust my monitor... when I looked at this the first time, I didn't like it as much because the contrast between the green and the dark red background seemed too abrupt. However, now I'm looking at it on the school computers, and I can see all the lovely shades of purple and blue and orange in the background, as well as the red. That's really cool.

Gotta love Boneclaw Mother... crazy old ladies are the best.
skopofobi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Gotta love the colours in this! Great job! :D
ScottishRose Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
I haven't read any yet, but it kinda reminds me of Redwall.. the pic
xKaseix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
H'oh man this is so cool.

Really, the composition, the lighting, the focus/draw of the viewer's attention to what she's doing with her hands, the colors you chose, the texturing and style of the background--everything. So much love. Honestly, it's lovely things like this that inspire me to keep drawing. Thank you. :heart:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great picture! :)
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Am loving the Digger storyline as well ^_^ It's the only webcomic I read on a regular basis (mainly because I don't want to miss anything and can't afford a subscription:blush:)

Keep up the fantastic work!
Reddragon1291 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007   Photographer
Very well done, looks mystical and dark
frazeocity Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Beautiful work, as always. I love the textures on this, and the green squigglies.

Bone Mother isn't blind, is she? Her hood comes down so low over her face, it seems like it would impede (or completely block) her vision.
AuroranWings Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow, this looks stunning! I love the dark theme of the reds and other dark colours! :D And I must say that mask looks great on her! ;P

The texture in the background looks really neat, too! Great job!
MarvleAtTheMorgue Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007   Traditional Artist
mysterious and very eye pleasing. i love it!
sweet-suzume Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007   Traditional Artist
A very mysterious image. Nice colors!
ChaosFox0 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
As always, I'm stunned. This one is especially charming to me, an' I don't know why. May be adding to my print collection again, soon!
Tattersail Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the colours and her pose!

your comic, Digger, is awesome!
Scrawling-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Student General Artist
I saw this yesterday.. and then i spent the rest of my day off reading 'Digger' ! its incredible! i really love the style of your characters , and the way the story progresses XD (are you planning on putting it to print some time?? :looks all hopeful: :fuzzydemon:)
ursulav Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Way ahead of you! Head on over to [link] and you can order volumes 1 & 2.
Scrawling-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Student General Artist
Really!? Awesome. i know what i want for my birthday :D
Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Wow! I adore the colour scheme. It fits very well, ne.
blumgrl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
I don't know if I'm slow or what, but I finally understand why your name is "Ursulav"! I was reading through some of Digger by the way, it's interesting to see your progress- and I must say, I DO love both your foot notes (on the page and in the comic ) and the amazing wit of Terry Pratchet! You'd probably like the Barimaeus series- it's no comic, but hillarious footnotes are a regular thing.
Anyway, it's interesting to learn both more about you, your hobbies and Digger! I heard about it before but for some reason I never delved into it- it's really cool. For some reason it didn't connect at first that Digger was female (I tend to over generalize that main characters are often male, one of my faults I suppose :P), but now it's as clear as one of those awesome see-through fish.
I've ALWAYS admired your style, you're one of my great influences. Take that however you will, because you're also the person that I look at your art and go: "My stuff sucks- I'll never be that good!" and quit drawing for a week (like any typical teen. Sigh.) The hyena-thing (it's amusing how you are calling them that) Bone Mother looks really awesome here. It all looks very smooth and very... I can't really place it... just interesting, I suppose :D The colours are bright but seem to fit in the with the neutral colour scheme anyway, very cool stuff. I adore the textures.
Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy comment, haha! I look at all your stuff, even if I don't always comment :P
BeauW Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Great underground vibe from the colouring
Fiolet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Very good job :)
Psistar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
ovoingaovo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your comic. I love the Pratchett-like humor and footnotes and the pointless little tidbits of information all over. Really made my day at work a lot brighter, thank you!
synchra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
wow.. i love the colors and lighting in this. o.o

I need to see this comic. :P ::goes to look for now::
rufftoon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
I've just found your webcomic, following the link given with this wonderfully eyecatching illustartion, and it has been a wonderful read so far. Congrats on those many hundreds of pages and a story well told :)
Leen-galeas Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, i totaly love this picture!
keight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Nicely done, Ursula. I really like the way you used the textures in this.
KetsukiNiTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Truly gorgeous.

But masks and hoods can be just so addicting. :D
Razzek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, man, I miss reading Digger. I've got the first book and it's great. I would totally subscribe to the archives if I could read the on-line pages. Curse you, untethered retinas! Well, okay, not the one that's still partially attached; I like that retina. :D
biomek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is kinda dark for you...LOVE IT!!
biomek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is kinda dark for you...LOVE IT!!
SpotWeldhyena Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Oooh.. I like her, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the next installment of Digger!
I will be buying a print.

Would a hyena have eyes on both sides of thier hood (so no other predator can sneak up on them?)
lover-of-the-Drow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
That is really cool! ^-^ I like the mystery behind it and the darkness! I love dark things . .>.> . . LOL!
Asdzaan-Naadaa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
I love this image. The use of color is gorgeous; that red is five kinds of fantastic! Her 'hands'-for lack of a better term-are very well done.
Traveler1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
I've just gotten into Digger for a few weeks now, but there's quite a rift in between the end of the pages that graphicsmash will let me read and where we are now in the story. (I believe the end of what graphicsmash let me get to involved being charged at the bridge... trolls were involved somehow, with their frighteningly dilated eyes. :D )

If it isn't too much to ask, you you recap what happens between then and what's going on now? Who is Bone Ridges? How did it come about that Digger met the tribe itself? What are the latest developments between Digger and the leader of the Veiled? Thanks so much!
Oscelot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
woot! I like it! can't wait till we get net access so we can get another subscription and catch up on Digger.
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