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Potato Priest vs. the Egg by ursulav Potato Priest vs. the Egg by ursulav
It was waiting for him, quivering, in the badlands at dawn.

He feared it--feared that unspeakable yolk, that glistening white--but he had learned to conquer the fear. He was a monk. He had recited the seven mantras and performed the eighteen meditations, and he was as ready as one could hope to be.

He searched his heart and found only the emptiness of enlightenment, and so he faced it boldly, this lightly fried horror, this sunny-side-up invader from beyond the stars.

Soon, one of them would have breakfast.

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....uh, yeah. Another technical experiment, plain and simple. This time, I used illustration board, did my acrylic and colored pencil technique over it, then sealed it with three layers of fluid matte medium and applied oil over that. (Three layers was probably overkill, but I'm paranoid--if you apply oil to illo board without sealing it, the oil will eat the board and in ten years, you have a sloggy dissolving mess.)

It came out, but I'd need to do more experiments to see whether it's worth the time over the long run. I do like how the monk's robe came out, though. The oils don't scan well--the color is not so blue and not so light in the original, but the light reflects differently off the two surfaces, so I suspect I'll need to go to photography for any serious oil paintings.

Anyway! Original 10 x 15 is for sale, prints available, send a note or visit [link]
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:iconkingpin2007:
Kingpin2007 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For some odd reason, it's broken for me :/
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:iconblank-mange:
Blank-mange Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
What a Gem.
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:iconxanthicmoonlight:
xanthicmoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   Interface Designer
What did the egg in the monastary say?
Out of the frying pan, into the friar!

I just had to say that.
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:iconoceanfae:
OceanFae Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
I seriously did not know that about the oil paints. Thanks for informing me!
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:icondavincila:
DaVincila Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Love the priest series!
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MaureenOlder Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you dont mind but you are featured in my journal [link] :hug:
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:iconkesiaq:
Kesiaq Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
real and... unreal :)
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:iconfarcry77:
farcry77 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This work is featured in the new article " Everyday things 2 - EGG" :nod:
[link]
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:iconfloors:
FloorS Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I like your style, and the little stories make them perfect, nicely done :)



Soon, one of them would have breakfast.
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:iconwes-james:
Wes-James Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it's obvious who will win. . .the Potato Priest. ('Cause he's an Egg Friar!)

Heh, great work!
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:iconfairymanwench:
fairymanwench Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
I love it!
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:iconicarus-fish:
Icarus-Fish Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Hobbyist
What mantras do potatoes say?
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:iconjwiesner:
JWiesner Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
I don't really get it but it's kinda funny. :XD:
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:iconmaxplastic:
MaxPlastic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
How excellent is this... ?
Instant DevWatch
You are fantastic
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:iconrokashotar:
RokaShotar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Amazing! The textures are wonderful, the warm but dark tones are extremely expressive, and the characters are to die for. Your creative little stories are brightening up my day.
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:iconreasonably-crazy:
Reasonably-Crazy Featured By Owner May 26, 2007   Photographer
You are SO odd.

I think I love you.
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:icondartlacrios:
DartLacrios Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
I think i'm going to have to start watching you, You have a fantastic bit of language and personality.
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ahaha, it's hilarious :D !
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007   Digital Artist
...has anyone ever said you're weird?
That's a good thing by the way.
Your art makes me happy, haha!
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:iconmrdectol:
mrdectol Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
How ethnic! How beautiful!
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:icongromyko:
gromyko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
i love the simplicity of this...well done
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:icondrac0nis:
Drac0nis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol lol, man you art is funny and well crafted
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:iconmetodo:
metodo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
Wow, this is awesome.
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:iconaaronoutmysox:
aaronoutmysox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006
Are you illustrating books for a living? Because you should be, and if your not I'm going to punch you until you do.
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:icondagrimreaperess:
DaGrimReaperess Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
awww.
its an egg. thats awsome.
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:iconiocuss:
Iocuss Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
ah,I like the colours and theme.Wonderful,BUT Iīm hungry,very very hungry now and this deviation isnīt helping me at all!Oh potato....egg.....
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:iconelusive-psycho:
Elusive-Psycho Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm not sure why...but this image snagged me.
I like it. Good work. ^_^
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:iconfirelung06:
Firelung06 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Hash browns and an egg. Yummy. ^^
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:icontnhawke:
TNHawke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
ROFL!

oddly... I'm rooting for the egg... because it doesn't have a visible mouth. I want to see it win.

... you speak of soggy disolving messes as though you have first hand experience with this...
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:iconzwil:
zwil Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
mucho cool
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:iconmysia:
mysia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
You seem to like to make fun of religious things. :nod: I really really like that egg and you have so many eggs in your religious paintings, why is that?? :O :D I like this painting, it's very calming. :nod: :D :D
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:iconseigneurbacon:
seigneurbacon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! go priest go! you can make it!
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:icontamiveldura:
tamiveldura Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the texture of the robe, very nice! :D
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:iconvoidxxx:
voidxxx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006
wow love it
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:iconam-i-good:
am-i-good Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
.....its....simply GREAT!....I envy you....
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:iconentropiccycles:
entropiCCycles Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
This is just awesome. Makes me think that I need to eat breakfast more often. ^^;
:+fav: Well done.
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:iconmellifluousity:
mellifluousity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
Classic! Its nice to see you going back to the old school with your light hearted yet surreal fantasy art. Reminds me of that classic "Toadback Road", I still love that one. Nice work, think I'll give it a fave for old times sake!
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:iconspookehness:
spookehness Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
So cute & funny >.<
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:iconsgoheen06:
sgoheen06 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I can never decide which I like more, your art, or your stories!!!! Did I ever mention I save your pics with the background stories for each of them? Just so I have them? My 3 year old LOVES when I go through and read your little stories for him :)
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TaintedGrey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconpyroglyph:
pyroglyph Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
On the surface the potato priest appears to have the upper hand. Since he, you know, has hands. But eggs are sneaky, slimy little critters. I think I'll put my money on the egg this time.

The robe texture, by the way, is Absolutely Fabulous. :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Good stuff! :laughing:
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:iconcerulean452:
Cerulean452 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
Wow, his robe looks so real! Nice job on the fabric-look. :D
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:icondragondoodle:
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm loving the Potato Priests . . .they always make my day ^_^
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:icondracornasus:
Dracornasus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
He's so cuddly cute!!! I love the swirly on his head! :D
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:iconskjon:
skjon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
wonderful
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:iconshiramonderer:
shiramonderer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
hee hee hee hee
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:iconspearhawk:
SpearHawk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
Weirdness as usual. Mmm...egg.
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:iconosyris:
osyris Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
And Potato Priest for the win. :)
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:iconfreakaru:
Freakaru Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
excellence in design and a cute story to boot!
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