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Soma by ursulav Soma by ursulav
I saw these really neat Siberian shaman costumes, and wanted to paint something wearing one, and then of course, the fly agaric mushroom had to be involved, since the drug soma is supposedly used by Siberian shamans, and derives from it. (And because someone always asks, the antlers are from stag beetles.) Everybody always paints the Plains Indians costumes, because they're neat lookin', but other cultures had neat outfits too!

All that said, I still like the idea, but I just wasn't all that pleased with the execution. The paint went where I wanted it to, it did what I asked, but the sketch, even as a simple posed character study, had a great deal more vitality. This is missing whatever essential spark was in the sketch that made me want to paint it. And I can never figure out quite what I'm missing--sometimes it's the one line that changes the whole thing, ya know?

This sort of thing frustrates me, but I figured I'd put it up here anyway, since someone may wish to give the mousie a home. It's mixed media on illo board, 8.75 x 13.5. The original, therefore, is for sale, prints are available, drop a line.
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:iconyishana8:
Shaman and 'shroom - I like this. (Mushroom fan)
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:icondemoniovira:
I adore your paintings, they are really amazing! And I have a question for you: I have this picture on my right side, but it has no background now. Could you possibly reccomend me something about it? It would be great!
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:iconbaretoedgirl:
Actually, no one knows what soma was exactly, although it is thought it might have been a hallucenogenic mushroom. Hindu gods and brahmans were said to consume it, and the Hindu god of plants is called Soma, but due to climate change in those ancient times, the plant died out long ago.
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:icongloamingschild:
yay. that rocks my shroomy socks off.
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:icongrendeldemon:
this has to be one of my favorite pics of all time O_o
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:iconmaiwa:
Maiwa Jan 19, 2007   General Artist
Spectacular, splendid art.

thanks for sharing your artof the Divine Soma
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:iconprismadragonfly:
Wonderful pic! He looks like a little indian chief.
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