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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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Windgott Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   Writer
Praise the invincible dwarf!
Yishana8 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Shaman and 'shroom - I like this. (Mushroom fan)
DemonioVira Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
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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baretoedgirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009   Writer
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.
gloamingschild Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
yay. that rocks my shroomy socks off.
luciddreamer666 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Very cool! :D
pCubensiS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
GrendelDemon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
this has to be one of my favorite pics of all time O_o
Maiwa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007   General Artist
Spectacular, splendid art.

thanks for sharing your artof the Divine Soma
prismadragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Wonderful pic! He looks like a little indian chief.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
I like the outfit and the mushroom.
horandaheretic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
omg, it's so cute i practically want to make out with it!
Distortedtoenail Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006   Traditional Artist
Lovin the way you drew the shroom and the background is awesome. Great style you have.
Zaphira Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
love all the orange colours!! :love:
ZoeSotet Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
For me the bottom of the mushroom doesn't appear grounded in the picture for some reason. I'm not sure why. Maybe there's too much light on it or something.
I love the expression on his face. And the little fluffy brace... er, tail-let? on the end of his tail really completes the costume.
sarloz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
very cute love it
oOwanderlustOo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
beautiful coloring, well put together..... I love the theme too.
thetenutso Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005
you never cease to amaze me.
emessis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
Mm, if you've ever watched Xena, there are certain episodes with "northern" Amazons...the shamaness(es...) had very similar outfits. :3
trishna-malhi Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
I think maybe the spark is missing from the mouse's eyes. They look kind of flat - if you can fix the eyes, I think you'll be more satisfied.
francisca-osornio Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
es muy lindo el personaje......muy bonitoĦĦĦĦĦ :clap:
Cassandra28 Featured By Owner May 15, 2005
:wow: This is just the CUTEST thing I have ever seen! :wow:

If I ever have kids I want pictures like this hanging on the bedroom walls!
EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Old stuff
darkart42 Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
She looks... wary. Suspicious. The execution is beautiful.
selphy Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
Let civilization say thank you with soma. Haha, if you've seen the movie Brave New World you know what I'm talking about. This is just so incredibly cute, well done!
dgtal Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
Love the mouse!
I'm an avid mushroom follower.
That Amanita looks yummy.

Great piece, loving ur style.
fuzziekit Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
This one I might drop a line for... I love shaman pictures... did one of a ferret shaman... one of my favorites I have done. I do like your mice a lot. Keep up the good work.
Kodo-chan-Artist Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
I totally know what you mean, about the transfer of sketch to finished peice, All to often do I dislike the finished art even when I loved the sketch.

This picture is so adorable, The mouse looks absolutely squeezable.
eerieflake Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
very good work :)
biblatchy Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
Looks like something from the Redwall books. +fav
LibrianGoober Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Ya know, I think you're right! (Oh, by the way, it looks great!)
CraigInATin Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
This is some piece, something I can't put my finger on, but it's so good anyway. I don't thinks it's a something though, what is an everything.
Awesomealexis1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
ooo what a cutey :glomp:

nice colouring & effects too, it looks very realistic
Drend Featured By Owner May 1, 2005
lovely art as always! ^^
ashenweepingwillow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
i love 'shrooms!!!!!!!!!!!! super cute.
Somasenja Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
OMG :el spaz: FAV.
rancid-meat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
I don't think I have ever told you how much I adore your art. It's so beautiful, I really enjoy the extra effort that goes into making the little stories/descriptions for them it really sets the scence and adds to the peices. < 3
Lilithx13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005   Photographer
He looks very deep in thought. Beautiful work..I love it. :D
rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2005
maybe the mouse is missing a staff
KorpiHunaja Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2005   Writer
this is so powerful on so many levels.
tinmanthegreat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2005
It mightn't be as radiant as you'd like. But I think the plainness (if it's at all possible to call this plan) gives the siberian shaman mouse an immense sense of mystery.
ricey Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
mmm, looks tasty!
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
amazing work as always, love the details on the mushroom!!! great work!
invader-zee Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
This is adorable! I haven't looked at your art in forever; it's still spectacular. Nice.
Rimrose Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
Oh it's wonderful! Of course, your artwork is always wonderful! Beautiful job! :+fav:
dandielionflys Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
This is simply wonderful! It made me smile ^_^
morthonkdgoblinator Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
if i could give a siggestion id say keep a copy of the finished sketch and if you dont like the finished product, then compare the two to see what got lost in translation. its a beautiful picture though. the amanita looks just like the one in my field guide.
Psilovibe Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
This is very nice. I really like it. The mushroom is very good and the mouse and its dressings are wonderfully done.
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