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Packrat by ursulav Packrat by ursulav
Having finally finished a dreadfully long professional gig, which was keeping me from doing anything large or in depth, I had to unwind. So I hammered out this little scrounger, one of the many hooded critters of obvious Christiansen influence that I seem to keep painting. He's a packrat. I can identify with this, being one myself. I can imagine how it happened--first it was just the one bag, and he kept cramming it full of stuff, but he resisted buying another bag, because once you go to two, you can never fit all your earthly possessions in one bag again. Now he doesn't even know how many he's got, and things keep getting jammed in between the ropes. He should really go through and get rid of the useless crap and the ugly crap, but you know how it is, you might need it someday. Like big cardboard boxes. Every time you move, it takes so long to find a cardboard box that'll hold the TV that you twitch at the notion of throwing it out, so you wedge it in the hall closet, and deprive yourself of much needed storage space and wind up using the vacuum cleaner as a hat rack.

What was I talking about again? Anyway, fun piece. Built it up in layers--first the big bags, then the smaller stuff and ropes, then I just started adding random items like the slug and bottle and the obligatory goldfish, testimony to the coverage power of acrylic.

Anyway, acrylic, 14 x 18 on clayboard. Original's for sale, prints available, visit [link] or send a note if I haven't updated yet.
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Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
He looks like that mask salesman from Zelda
AndrewLKolodziej Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
This speaks to me in a way that I can not fully express in words, maybe its because I am a bit of a pack rat myself.
Chapawee13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not only is it a great art, but I can identify with it. Lmao! :XD:
ghola8 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My wife would say this is me.
DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is TRUE ART
DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Wonderful!!!
Selenmariene Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The title of this artwork :" All of mine I carry with myself"
Glowyrm13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
amazing detail, and color, I love your work.
Pana-sonic3D Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Viva la Packrat. ^w^
The attention to detail, both in the art and the subjects found in it, is well-appreciated.
emcityturtle Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
This reminds me of the packrat lady in Labyrinth... the one in the junk piles trying to load Sarah up with stuff
PaperPagan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I've loved this drawing for so long! I had it in my files for ages and could never find where I found it from and now that I know it0s your work, i can thank you - this is to me a very personal drawing - I have had situations in life when this is exactly who I was :)
Giga-olives-o-DOOM Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
reminda me of that garbage lady from the labrynth..... sweet
Aioliki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Hah amazing and definitely how I would describe my mom :P
Heaven-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
How incredibly beautiful! I could only imagine it took quite some time and detail...
EllenEinkauf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
oh boy... haha that is quite a load!
starrynightxxi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured this in my journal, if you have any concerns, let me know :D

ForGoodLuck Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
I love how you threw in a little pear towards the top.
pCubensiS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Writer
Hi there :D Just a quick note to let you know you've been featured in my journal [link] :blowkiss:
Pvyrus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Dang the longer I stare at it, the more I notice! Didn't even see the goldfish at first until reading your description, lol. Beautifully done :) Definite fav!
Phoenix-Vampyrum Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, that looks like me! Talent is at work here.
Shewolffe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, great work!
He reminds me of myself heading to a festival!
starrystar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
ay yi, I love the voodoo doll!!
Mimn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
...really amazing work...I love the idea :heart:
Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
LOL I love it. I have all that stuff in my purse.
larkascending Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Student General Artist
Hi, I'd love to know who you mean by Christiansen?

ursulav Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
James Christiansen, a contemporary fantastical painter.
che4u Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Might you be willing to make this into a print? My husband would LOVE this! (Being that we have rats ... as pets of course). ;) Great work!
ursulav Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
Prints are absolutely available, just through me rather than DA. They're $10 for the 8.5 x 11 or $20 for the 13 x 19, plus shipping. I take paypal, check, or money order--send a note if you're interested, and we can set that up!
che4u Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks, sounds good! His birthday's a while away but I will keep this in mind for it... good rat art is hard to find. :) Thanks again!
MobriDomble Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This work was purchased for me as a gift and I still absolutely adore it! We found a magnificent frame and it's up in one of my favorite parts of the house (it fits right in; it's a happily odd place to live).

Can't thank you enough for creating it! It's fantastic. :love:
ursulav Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
Wonderful! Glad you're enjoying it!
prismadragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
This is wonderful and gives a new meaning to the phrase "pack rat," which my mom likes to call me.
shadowcat20x Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really truly love this picture. I'm going to buy it when I have moolah. I love you ursulav! :+fav:
whammigobambam Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did he win that goldfish at the carnival?!

He's my favorite packrat EVER
MacKotek Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
Really, really good piece...
Made me wonder, how does a beast of burden look like? A good theme for another...
lightbird Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All those things we can't live without... :)
divinedebris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Brilliantly done. You have amazing skill with acrylics. This is such an adorable piece as well. I have two rats and they'll stash anything they can get their little hands on. If strapping it to their backs wouldn't slow them down, I bet they'd try it out. :heart:
ChickenWings Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
Ahahah, It makes me smile.
GoatMilk Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
two questions:
how thick is this clayboard stuff? I mean, Masonite or closer to illustration board weight?
and do yuo work in thin layers and build with darks? (its hard to tell, you have such an interesting style...)

I just love how well you capture different textures, wood, stone- fur you've got it all down...
with 247 comments I dont know how much else I could say without repeating others >.>
ursulav Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
It's treated masonite, so it's all at least a quarter inch thick or so, no flex. a certain extent, I guess? The stone gets built up in layers. Some of the bags are right out of the tube, though, fairly thick--it varies a lot. Not sure what you mean by "build with darks" I'm afraid.
GoatMilk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
(Build with darks)

I mean, I generally use thin layers of lighter colors and build value from darker versions of these using them a bit thicker with each additional layer and was wondering if you did the same X3 (sorry for the bad wording on the last comment)
ursulav Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Occasionally, but not so much. Mostly I paint a midtone, and work up and down from there, I think. Although not always.
Korini-chan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Simply beatuiful; I dare not elaborate on the finer points, for fear of some sort of brain meltdown.
Ashte Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005
I L O V E this guy :favlove:
jaspenelle Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Is this done with water colour or gauche... or something else?
ursulav Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
This one was done with acrylic on clayboard.
VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
XDXDXD I know how that is...*currently has flattened and not-so-flattened cardboard boxes and plastic bags scattered all over her room...among all the other things...;p*

XDXDXD Love the "obligatory goldfish"
destineypaintz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005
This is really amazing. I love this whimsicle character nestled deep in colorful detail. What a talent you are. :shocked:
xXminceXx Featured By Owner May 20, 2005   Artisan Crafter
He's gonna need a God-like chiropractor.
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