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Molt by ursulav

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I’ve had these feathers as long as I remember
down and flights and coverts
great glossy primaries
like old friends.

covered a lot of miles
had some fine old times
my feathers and me.

But now they’ve gotten old
shafts cracked, barbs gone ragged

Time to molt, grow new ones
if I ever want to fly again.


As always, let me just apologize profusely for inflicting my poetry on any living being. God, I'm so very, very sorry. Still, there y'are.

Graphite on bristol, 14 x 17, pose after vintage erotic postcard. Original sadly destroyed in a move, but prints are available at Red Wombat Studio: [link]
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264753qetwrdsa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you may not know me, you may not care,but i also love art and poetry, i gives me peace and clears my mind from this sad reality, i liked your poem,i read it over and over again, but most of all i hated to see the end, you have got talent, you r unique so let it shine and be proud of your personality

your picture is good to,i am hoping to see more like this from you(:
PhotographyLights Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ditto ;D
Jestercap13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you are very talented, this is wonderfully realistic. well as realistic as a bird headed woman can be haha. but yes, very wonderful work.
AineOtter Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
How do I go about ordering a print of this? 'Cause I really, really want one. I'd ask after the original, but it's bound to be well out of my price range (sigh, one of these days). The link that goes to Metal and Magic turns up gibberish.
Day-Dreamer07 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Very realistic for surreal. :nod:

nice work, truly beautiful. :)
Ankhorite Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Don't run down that poem.

It's perfect.
BlackBird-melbourne Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
the poetry suits the image well,though:)...and it's a very emotive piece:heart:
Zhukov Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Like the realistic body on her. Not something one sees in pictures all that often.

And, err... to be honest, I think I prefer your prose to your poetry.
Glowing-Jesus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
The Raven is a creature of the void, a bringer of magic, the unknown and the growing conscience. A messenger of the mind and the world that surrounds it; what is it that this Raven brings to you?
lilia-levantera Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
calonarang Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting...very cool.

The poetry isn't bad at all either (dont beat yourself up! <3)
ys-eye Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
I love tis piece... and your poem makes a perfect accompaniment :nod:
Idzit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Artist
Beautifully done
GodisanAmerican Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
I really like this concept, it's uplifting. I also like how the body is positioned amidst the feathers-- your poem accompanies the mood perfectly!
Juno-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing, it reminds of a small series of books I read, by Tamora Pierce, a certain culture in her books believed that they once came from yeah..that be ma lil rant right there....yayness ^^; its beautifully drawn, keep it up! :+favlove:
Nelaghh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
I love all of your art! very difficult to choose just one, but if i did, this would be it. and i have a thing for crows.
sarinei16 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Student Photographer
this is amazing! i love it! i also like the little poem that goes with it. It's art with a message and that(to me) is the best type). I alos agree with ovoingaovo, she isn't a super model like what many other artists use.
VisualDreaming Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Digital Artist
That's... wow. Just... wow. o.o

(Rofl, I think I'm stalking your art now. xD)
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the concept here!
Scarlett1313 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
I just love the features and the details!
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007   General Artist
I have a friend that did a sculpture of a sparrow-headed woman, this reminds me of it.
Sinsofthesea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Wow! I love it. Im speachless!
aeryael Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007   Digital Artist
I have a thing for people with animal's head. The raven's somewhat expressive haha, like you can see he's thinking of something deep and profound... (I know I'm referring to the raven as if it's a different part of the lady's body o_O)
Yes, it reminds me of egyptian gods, which is one of the reasons why I like people with animal's head. And I like your poetry and think it fits very well with the drawing!
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
i like the body, very nice shape, and the detailing is great
Wind-and-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Take it from a poet, ursula, through the poem you do justice to the picture, through the picture you do justice to the poem. It is well executed.
artofdawn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, very creative. Love it.
m-ajinah Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
nice and original.. i like it..
TNHawke Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
I don't usually fave nudes, but that is REALLY cool. And nicely done.
wyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
That's certainly a bird of a different feather!


It is one I have to think on for awhile. I'll be back.
Motox-Ottsel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
the form is fantastic! so realistic!
PigeonCrowz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
Wonderful. I too, like how the body of the woman isn't magazine-like and fake looking, but real and warm.
FoolishlyEvil Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow very nice. I love this piece and the poem!
noheckwe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
i might sound picky, but i think this would look better if the body were shaded darker to give it more definition.
great concept though!
i especially like the hands.
SiSero Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
this ... is AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!
what a unique idea!! all of your work is something else!! great job... i had to fave :giggle:
the-burning-claw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Beautiful. And yes, please, inflict me, inflict me! Your poetry is pretty.
Spectrolite Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
I like how the poem fits in with the image. Very nicely done.
msfeistus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Writer
This is beautiful. I ... honestly, if I had a steady income right now, I'd want to buy the original, because of where I am right now, personally. I don't think I've ever come across a piece on DA that I've connected with this much, before.

Budget being what it is, though (nonexistant), I'm going to have to content myself with adding this to my favorites until a print comes within my range again.

I'd say more, but I think the piece tends to say it all, instead.
AuroranWings Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Heh, I like it! I think it goes well with the picture. :) The colouring on the head looks particularly good! Very nice.
straystray Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Is this a garuda?
NaraTaree Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Writer
I just got this idea... it reminds me of an egyptian god.
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I love both poem and image!
Kuraianubis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
your poetry is wonderful...for a second I thought it was from a song or something ..great art too
Shariko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Dragonis-Tay-Tay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Awww but I really like your poetry. The picture by the way is wonderful :)
tangledupinbrown Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
this is so beautiful... and like everyone else, i really do think the poem shapes the piece. the body is rendered beautifully. gorgeous pose.
LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very lovely piece. The body is beautiful and the poem to go with it just makes the feeling of it soar, so to speak.
aimsleydale Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Maatkare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG It's fantastic!

(although considering my love of Ravens, I may be biased.)
Vanessanon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Professional Writer
i agree wit hymenomycotina. the poem tells the story of the picture. You draw this manually? It's perfect, coz it's such a 'normal' human body with a 'normal' eagle head. Very life-like & realistic. like it muchly. thx4sharin ;p
Jabberwocky4343 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
her boobs look like mine. instant love.
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