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St. Mantid ACEO by ursulav St. Mantid ACEO by ursulav
St. Mantid, just to get the joke out of the way, did indeed spend a lot of time praying. He was the head of one of the largest order of mantis monks, followers of St. John the Baptist (male mantises often choosing celibacy and strongly identifying with those who have been beheaded, for obvious reasons.) Several miracles were attributed to him, including the Miracle of the Loaves and Aphids and the Reattachment of the Head of Brother Ignatius, who fell victim to carnal sin and later returned to the monastery carrying his severed head in a sack.*

*Brother Ignatius was never quite right after that, but did receive flowers from an unknown admirer every year on his birthday.


This is an ACEO (art card) sized piece, matted to 2.25 x 3.25, with metallic copper halo. Iím also doing a limited run of 7 prints, also matted, hand-painted to also have the metallic copper halo. (I like Luminere fabric paint for thatĖmuch more opaque metallics than you get in straight acrylic.) The first and last of the series will be saved for con art shows, the other five are for sale while supplies last.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
This is so dang cute! XD

On a side note, did you know that the whole "female eats males head" thing was only done by mantisi (mantises? mantisies?) who were in captivity?
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
So the headless brother walked to the Monastery carrying his own head in a sack... am I reading this right?
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shinymogwai Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Can I just find a way to have everything you draw put in my favorites list and just call it a day? Because my god, everything you do is amazing.
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patrx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Love your stories that go with the characters portrayed in your artworks...keep them coming!! Mantids are such interesting insects to watch. Check out some of the most colorful mantids at Blepharopsis' webpage here at DevART.. He has photographed some pretty interesting critters. :D
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toshirodragon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor Brother Ignatius! bahahahahaha
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful card and I love the story!
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Treewoman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Brilliant! I love your Saints...
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belario Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm such an admirer of your work... and the stories of your characters. =)
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Wisteria24 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student
The story behind this guy had me laughing out loud. Nice work!
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chaosia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made my morning, I do so love your descriptions and stories to go with each piece!
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LiHy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The story that goes along with him is, admittedly, pretty darned funny.
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Servitor2152 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Fav'd because I love mantids, and because the story made me chuckle.
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EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I think you might genuinely have cured my life long fear of preying mantises (mantii?). Seriously, I'm not even kidding. :dalove:
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hoppytoad79 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Hee! I love the description of St. Mantid and the story behind Brother Ignatius' return from the dead. *G*
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DerPidder Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
...now I need to do a race of praying mantises for my RPG-gaming group just so I can include this fella. You've done it again. ^^
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PhoenixMerrick Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Just look up Thri-Kreen.
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EclecticEcho Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Ahahaha! Oh gosh, that's funny and cute too!
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Azdaracylius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Mantids are cool
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Go, St. Mantid and Brother I!
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Koomori Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Awesome. Always like mantises.
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eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
:rofl: :worship:
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know which is more awesome: the artwork, or the story about Bro. Ignatius.
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PaulEberhardt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy...
Mantis!

:D
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Nichers Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I love mantises, yay! This story was hilarious. Poor mantis monks. Sure, you get to keep your head, but at what cost! ;)
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Caraphae Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rarely have monks had such incitement to celibacy! Well chosen monastic life, there.

The Loaves and Aphids- sooo, he produced loaves FOR the aphids? Or loaves full of aphids? On which the mantids then gorged?
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FictonArtAuthor Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Wow, very nice.
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Contradictory55 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Writer
=D I love that little story! ><
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GalacticDustBunnies Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your artwork so much, and this one is especially nice L)
The texture on it really caught my eyes.
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Rafferty Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Artist
When you sit and think about, it makes a lot of sense for a mantis to live a long life of celibacy.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, yes. This makes perfectly good sense to me... *gigglesnort*
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tenko72 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
This amuses me greatly.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist
:giggle: I love the stories you attribute to your saints, they're always so hilarious.
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icenectar Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   General Artist
You know I was wondering just the other day when I would see a new piece from you. Nice job!
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Ah, yes.... 7@=e

Which reminds me: I *still* have to finish that frame for Frog Saint...

I had been trying to paint some batrachian angels for it, but they never came out quite right... 7X=Q
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rosutu Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
St. Mantid, may his thousand young forever prosper, was a charlatan. I agree, he was a kind and holy drone, but he is nothing compared to the likes of St. Rana, or Mother Didelphis, who actually changed the world for the better.

Besides, the story of the Loaves and Aphids goes so many different ways, it's most likely just an old legend.
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Tizrak Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Yay, another saint! I love the stories. :)
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jennovazombie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahahaha...this is great! I love the story and the overall look of it, very well balanced!
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sisters of the Order of the Ladybugs, always do love the story of the Miracle of the Loaves and Aphids ....:tears:
:iconladybugplz::iconsaysplz:Such a lovely tale.
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Twisted-Existence Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
"Beheaded for obvious reasons" - that made me giggle.
Amusing story... and nice colours too. :)
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raptoregg64 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I love it! I also love the little stories you attach to them.
Ah, poor Brother Ignatius...
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