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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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greek mouse,
Drew47AT Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital 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.
coolest mouse i have ever seen
Looks like a Greek mouse to me.
LordLeonidus 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

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!
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 Sep 9, 2007
The light is... GAH! :+fav:
MoTTa-lol Apr 6, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg really beautiful xD

loved the colors and the concept!

:+fav: for sure
JimField Jun 5, 2006
Really cool character design :heart: :aww: :+fav:
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