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Hunting Acorns by ursulav Hunting Acorns by ursulav
The hunting acorn is a different breed than the common acorn--fiercer, more cunning, and with far greater stamina. While a common acorn will soon grow tired of the chase, the hunting acorn will tail its target like grim death, until the prey falters or its master calls it back to the glove. Savage, stubborn, and ferociously independant, the spirit of the acorn cannot be broken. Instead the handler must earn the acorn's respect. The task is difficult, and fraught with peril--you can easily lose an eye to the raking stem--but among seasoned acorn handlers, there is no greater reward than the trust and confidence of this noble nut.

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Pencil, 11 x 14 on Bristol. I had the basic idea for this in my sketchbook for ages, but for some reason, today just seemed like the day to let the hunting acorn fly. I think I have a weird obsession with strange falconry/riding animals/seeing-eye things. I am constantly struck by how wonderful and surreal domestication is. Or possibly I just need more sleep. I dunno.

Anyway! Original is for sale, as always, prints available for $10 plus shipping, send a note or visit [link]
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:iconsketcherjak:
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I still love this!  Never loose this masterpiece!  Someday... I will own a Vernon original. 
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:iconukalapi:
ukalapi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
"To be or not to be"
Poetic squirrel ;)
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
...IT'S AN ACORN! IT CAN'T MOVE!!!
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:iconaaronpocock:
aaronpocock Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous drawing!!!
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:icondreamworker72:
dreamworker72 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Cute!
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:iconombrenuit:
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
"Run, acorn, run!" ^^
:+fav:
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:iconpscyhe:
pscyhe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Great textures, fantastic drawing
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:iconinfinityglyder317:
infinityglyder317 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
I LOVE SUIRRELS
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Can I ask how much the original was? I wish I would have seen this before it was sold, because my best friend, Liza, absolutely loves squirrels. How much would a print plus shipping be to the United states? Thanks
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:iconcardowl:
cardowl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
I love your art!
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:icontucuxi:
Tucuxi Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
That's a wonderful drawing! Hehe, tubby squirrel! :poke: *Pokes tummy*
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:iconlucychromosome:
Lucychromosome Featured By Owner May 1, 2006   General Artist
heeh squib .. i have one of these on my porch.. cept he forages for sunflower seeds :)
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:iconart-emis:
art-emis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006   Traditional Artist
the squirrel holding nut with the insensitive looking is a funny combination.Cool :) good job
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:iconlaw72:
law72 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
super cute! I love it, very well done
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:iconrookinherrookery:
RookinherRookery Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
I heard your squib in David Attenborough's voice, no funnin'!
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:iconnerdchick:
nerdchick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
I like the idea of a fierce, cunning acorn.
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:iconbustermaximus:
bustermaximus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005
That gave me a good chuckle.
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:iconberserkhare:
berserkhare Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
:aww:
cute
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:iconsupergirlanna:
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
oh wow... his expression is wow... great work on manipulating the squirrels expression!!!
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:iconpercavius:
Percavius Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... that brain of yours never stops workin' does it, heheh. It's genius I tell you!
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:iconspork666:
spork666 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005
i love this! Ive recently been more interested in this kind of work, but yeah. say hello to your imagination for me.
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:iconnightice:
NightIce Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005
lol. i love this simply because of the initial description.
plus it's a damn good work of art. ^^
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:iconpatgoltz:
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
What a cute idea! And well drawn, too!
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:iconhellomynameis78:
hellomynameis78 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
aww he looks so sad
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:iconstormysky:
StormySky Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
i love it!
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:iconaldagrim:
Aldagrim Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
I love the originality and detail.
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:icontattersail:
Tattersail Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww, that's so cute..and funny...love your pencilwork
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:icontheblackwillow:
theblackwillow Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow thats awesome!
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:iconambergryph:
Ambergryph Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
This looks like something I might come up with, if I could ever get my mind to focus in on any one of the more interesting thoughts that drifts across my mind all the time.

I like it. Hah, vicious acorn..."RUN EVERYBODY THE HUNTING ACORNS HAVE GONE MAD!"
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:iconfinalgamer:
FinalGamer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
Just....so...hilariously original. :+favlove:
Only you could create something this brilliant but ridiculous. :rofl:
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:iconturtle-rn:
turtle-rn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
awesome work. cuuute :)
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:icongraf77:
graf77 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
WOW.
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:iconbluesrat:
Bluesrat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
*applauds* The squirrel looks great! And the hunting acorn is weird, even for you. (That's a compliment.)
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:iconmellow-osity:
mellow-osity Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
This gave me a good chuckle. ^_^
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:iconmedusa171:
medusa171 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea of a ferocious acorn... What do they hunt?
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:iconloralye:
loralye Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Professional General Artist
I think I have a whole tree full of those things. I get pelted every time I leave the house or mow the lawn. Love it.
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:icontokka:
tOkKa Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Professional General Artist
-->> That's bad a55. ..did DA Daily DEV this ?! :arc: ??
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:iconnmf:
nmf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Professional General Artist
man, that is so awesome. i just watched the falcon and the snowman, too :D
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:iconicantthinkofanything:
the squirrel looks so realistic (minus the clothes) compared with the other animals in your recent work who are caricaturized in some way or another but the story and the acorn makes it almost better. :)
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sagebrushh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
aww! sounds so cute! I love the detail and texture on the squirrel, the acorn, and EVERYTHING! I like the value too... lovely lights and darks. simply outstanding and sublime, as usual:)
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:iconle-bel-agneau:
le-bel-agneau Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
i heart squirrels...good job!
Every aspect of the squirrel's body is covered good job!
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:icondunnas:
Dunnas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
Awesome pic, LOVE the description... must... buy... the... print... >_o
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:iconjutul:
jutul Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
Very cool! Great technique!
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:iconredmagesalyre:
Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
He looks like a stuffy aristocratic squirral or maybe that's me. Hunting acorns, that's cute.
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:iconcraiginatin:
CraigInATin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
Something about this that sets it apart....The seriousness of the style, against the hilarity of the subject..... I'm not sure how well this works..... Awesome art though. Awesome.
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:iconletoofthebunnies:
letoofthebunnies Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
LOL! As if the quality of your work wasn't enough to draw people in, the humor does it ever time. Go acorns.
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:iconfuzziekit:
fuzziekit Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this... sooooo adorable. I have always been interested in falconery and this is a new take. Also love the line quality... well done.
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:iconurwhatufeel:
urwhatufeel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005   Writer
He's so kyot... :)
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:iconinsecteye:
insecteye Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005   Digital Artist
Hilarious as always. My, but you have the tastiest imagination!
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:iconmelly-chan:
melly-chan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
awesome as usual ^^
i loved the story ^^
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