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Roman Mouse by ursulav Roman Mouse by ursulav
Clayboard is this stuff that I love--a hardboard covered with this weird clay, Ampersand puts it out, makes a very unusual painting surface that isn't quite like gesso or anything else. I am hooked on it utterly. Mostly, I prefer the clayboard smooth, but they also put out this textured clayboard stuff for watercolor, which I wanted to try, so I picked up a little 8 x 10 piece and doodled up this little Roman legionnaire mouse on the sea shore. It was interesting stuff. I don't like it quite as much as the smooth--the texture gets in the way of some of the fine detail--but it does take the watercolor much better and can do much smoother gradients because of it. I'm not sure if I'm quite ready to throw over watercolor paper in favor of it, but I liked it enough that I may pick up another piece or two for when I get the urge to do more elaborate watercolors--the fact that it won't buckle at all, by itself, makes me terribly happy. I'm used to watercolor paper buckling like a soggy bronco, curving into non-Euclidean, death-defying Mobius strips, writhing around under the brush, and generally being a serious pain in the ass. There are lots of ways around this, but they all required a lot of advance planning--you have to soak the stuff in the bathtub and then staple it down to foam core or concrete or whatever. I am not capable of that kind of advance planning. I get an idea and I wanna do it NOW NOWNOWNOWNOOOOOW and this is no condition in which to be cavorting around the bathroom with a staple gun.

Ahem. Anyway! Original 8 x 10 watercolor/ink for sale, prints available, visit [link] for details, or just send me a note, since it takes me a little while to update.
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loboproto Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
greek mouse,
Drew47AT Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty cool! This is pretty nice. Now, I don't mean to bash you or anything; but if I had drawn that picture, I would have done maybe a rat or stoat or something of the sort. I'm saying that because I am a Redwall fan; seriously! But all the same, nice job.
ShortyMunky Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
coolest mouse i have ever seen
PhilosopherGuardian Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Looks like a Greek mouse to me.
LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
ooo ooo ooo I want to dress up my rat like that now, and pit her against a cat - my rat is 90 cm and has vicious teeth it wud win lol =D

gamerdude873 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Excellent picture. I like it.

I hate to be the only guy to have a negative comment but i have to say that mouse looks more greek than roman, unless its a painting of a Roman Hoplite before the era of Camillius. Sorry to a nerd, but my historical impulses must be appeased [link]

It doesn't really matter anyways. Good job especially on the background: it ain't easy to get a nice flow like that without harsh lines!
georgshadow Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
This is beautifully done! I love the look of the clayboard; I might even go get some myself to experiment with it. Plus, it's just really cute!
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
The light is... GAH! :+fav:
MoTTa-lol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg really beautiful xD

loved the colors and the concept!

:+fav: for sure
JimField Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
Really cool character design :heart: :aww: :+fav:
itFaraday Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
oh my is that cute!!! :D
Jachra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Watchin' out for a battle hamster raid, he is.
karkarodon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
It's a lovely piece. Great colors. I like the roman soldier/mouse combination. Would that make the Gauls cats? Carthage a bunch of rats?


Good fun! Great picture.
Moose-Playing-Guitar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
aww that cape is just so cute. he looks like he needs a hug
evanjensen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Design's Greek, though... I like the lake/field thing he's standing in, though. ;) Very nicely colored. Great depth achieved and all that. Though I wonder... a fleur-de-lis in Rome?
Ahrihliir Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
Meh. I hear you about the watercolor paper thing. It's quite irritating. A soggy bronco, eh? That's a new one. Beautiful painting, though. I wish I had half your talent with watercolors.
dcs745 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004
I have a little more time to go through your gallery and pick out some more favourites... *grins* Must fave this! I love the colours and I adore the concept. It's exquisite... but then all your art is!
deloulark Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh he's so very cute, but very serious which of course he must be to be a good soldier. I'm currently reading a book about Cleopatra and the Romans so this is right up my alley!
angelaiko Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
Man. Ya gotta fave this one just for the comment section! LOL! :D
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004   Digital Artist
Amen to the need to do the pic NOW!!!! I can sooo identify with that. I like the pic.. althogh I'm not sure the romans used the fleur de lis symbol, but it's all pretty good.
manuelka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, little cute legionaire. I love it :D
starr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
Very cool character.
flyingpenguin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
The background around him is just a little too light for how dark he is. It looks a bit like he was edited onto there. Of course, it's awesome anyway, but it should probably be just a bit darker around his feet and the water under his tail.
Choobidoo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
Too cute! And the gradients are, indeed, very nice!
antrent Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
hey, i've got something half finished that was almost exactly the same thing, although, i called it 'Carpe Brieum - Cheese the Day'
mike-the-vile Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
I'm very glad you've made this - because it would be a shame to miss such a sight! I love this Roman mouse, the shines on the armor look great. :D
shattered-lives02 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
sweet. it really is awesome and i am amazed at how you can do all of this with just a paintbrush and water and paper of various sorts
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
Cute. Julius Cheesar?
cool4dude Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
I did soething like this with a penguin once....Except I have no talent and it looked like an 8 year old drew it...Anyhow this is on the otherhand very well done and quite an enjoyable picture.
alyssafew Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004   Digital Artist
Aiiieee, how cute. *steals shamelessly*
Tatalia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Wow, great job again! Lovely colors too! :heart:
Gwydion22 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Student General Artist
Very nice art again. I love the contrast between the sky and the water.
klawzie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate being nit-picky - particularly over a beautiful piece.... And if someone's already said this, I'm sorry for not reading all... 67 previous comments.. But...
>_> Where's his other ear? (Of course, he's a Centurion-mouse, so maybe he lost it in a battle...)
ursulav Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Errr...maybe that's what he's gazing wistfully after? (I have no idea.)
adimus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004
*laughs madly*


Sorry. :)
horai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
I'm sorry but he's just so damned cute. :)
kaorishima Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
i love rats.... *_*
keiko32 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
I like it a lot. Very well colored. As always.:clap:
meltman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
awww he so cute!

If i saw that kinda mouse in my house i'd be excited!
patrx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Nice work, Ursula!! Looks great! :D
dawen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Really excellent :)
look Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
The color is so beautiful, and the mouse is simply cute!!!
ChibiHeartDragon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Hmmm. Wow. Roman mouse. Reminds me of Redwall. x3
Gymnart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you included such detailed info on your media choices. I never heard of clayboard before. Doesn't it crumble after a few years? It's hard for me to imagine it not doing so.
ursulav Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Nah, it's not a solid hunk of clay, just a thin layer spread onto a piece of masonite. I imagine it'd hold up better than canvas or paper, really...
Gymnart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds interesting. I'll have to remember to try it out sometime, Thanx!
statico Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
I'm Roman :D cool work :aww:
falcona Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Professional Photographer
Et-Mouse is good :)
DragonLily4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
how cute!
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