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The Earl of Oregano by ursulav The Earl of Oregano by ursulav
The badger earls of Oregano live in a dry sunny climate, densely planted with the herb from which they take their name. The sixth Earl of Oregano, ruler of the walled town known as Oreganum, successfully stood off the Mongol hordes for over three months, until the Mongols got bored and went looking for easier prey. (Being nomadic horsemen does not make one terribly good at long sieges.) As it is nearly impossible to dig out a badger that doesn't want to come out of its den, Oreganum never fell into the hands of either enemy or ostensibly friendly forces. (Attempts to use the town as a friendly base of operations were met with polite refusal and later boiling oil.)

Many of the most beloved cultivars of oregano still emerge from this region, often from striped and surly gardeners.

One of a series of spice labels I've been fooling around with. Digital, Painter 7, prints available (and maybe someday stickers for use as labels!) at Red Wombat Studio: [link]
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tigerkitten030 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
LOV DIS
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jonothesequal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I don't know what to say about this...It's just so good
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Looks like something the late Brian Jacques would write, this looking like a Badger Lord ready to take off his "kiss the cook" apron kick some @$$ after gardening with a bunch of hares. Except for the flying lizard, that told me it wasn't Redwall.
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was totally sure this was Redwall related!

Looks awesome!
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:iconspazfroggie:
spazfroggie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks so disgruntled, it's awesome. (Also, totally agree on the Redwall flashbacks. :) )
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:iconusasi:
Usasi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is groovy, and I love that it is a spice label. I would label my spices with that. :)
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:iconmajadalgaard:
MajaDalgaard Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I love the color palette and the lovely texture feel. And your excellent back story of course :)
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:iconhunterbahamut:
hunterbahamut Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
This is very cool, I really like how it looks. Awesome details here and the tones really give it a great look.
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:iconflaria5:
flaria5 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
pretty surly-looking for someone who deals in "oregano"


if you know what i mean
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:iconabraxas-within:
Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"How many boards could the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hordes got bored?" -Calvin and Hobbes :)
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HurricaneKomm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I love all of your work, so much. I just wanted to make that blanket statement.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous illustration, but just fyi, the Mongol hordes were actually very good at overcoming sieges. They adapted on the go to all sorts of new conditions and new lands, so three months would have been nothing! They were smart enough to collect the best and brightest--and the engineers!--when they smashed a city so that they'd have someone to build them fancy weapons to defeat the next city. Some of the earliest stories of biological warfare come from tales of the Mongols catapulting the heads of plague victims over the walls of a besieged city (although the effect was probably more psychological than anything). The moar you know! *star*
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NoctumSolaris Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do adore the backstories for your art, they're right up my street. Also, I do like how you rendered the fur on his head.

Is that a dragon fly?
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Glitterkitten33590 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooh, Olive dis. ^^ whenever i see a badger wearing clothes i always think of the Redwall books.
...not that i ahem... see badgers wearing clothes wandering the street... no. :XD:
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smonda Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would LOVE to have a sticker of him! It would look nice on my sketchbook :3c (I usually put identifiers on my sketchbooks)
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SauerkrautHead Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loveeee the botanical spin on this, and the story is cute!
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yamagata9982 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
More of that, please!
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:iconkiprotich:
kiprotich Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic
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:iconserinanth:
Serinanth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Somethin special about oregano. Mine is growing like a weed =D
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:icontreewoman:
Treewoman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Oh, I just love your Animals of Something. Brilliant.
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:iconthecheshirekat:
TheCheshireKat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that is just so damn charming!
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
That crow totally makes me happy :D
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:iconkuroneko-blkcat:
kuroneko-blkcat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student
cute and cool at the same time XD
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:iconpauleberhardt:
PaulEberhardt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just great! It's the most creative way of making spice labels I've ever seen.
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sutek911 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Looooove it!
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:iconseridon:
Seridon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Gotta love badgers! =D
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:iconrainbowshroom:
RainbowShroom Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this, the idea is very clever.
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brotherwolven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like it. It makes my hungry.
Now i must go cook something.
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:iconjakit:
Jakit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
this is awesome, and a really cool idea ^_^ nice one
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Ghanie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
So many cute things in this picture! :)
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whitneybroadaway Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You could give Redwall a run for it's money!
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Ghanie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I agree!
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morganaxash Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
How is this digital? Gah, your skills! D=
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Valhallia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I love the whimsy of this....I am particular fond of the little flying critter! :heart:
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InquisitiveLabRat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Love it! The story is great!
"Attempts to use the town as a friendly base of operations were met with polite refusal and later boiling oil"
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toshirodragon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Surly and determined indeed!
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:iconhrhtomas:
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
He who controls the spice, etc.
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:iconwimpletoad:
WimpleToad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I love how tough looking he is and all the little critters in the drawing. :) Nice color choice too.
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KSilvershade Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Awesome!
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:iconniekitty:
niekitty Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
i love this! and not just because its one of my favorite spices!
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:iconashigaru:
ashigaru Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful! Love the rather happy raven perched upon his shoulder, too!
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Koomori Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Stickers would be awesome!

I'd like to know about his dapper friend with the bowler there.
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:iconsirpixis:
SirPixis Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
A spice label with that much backstory? This is why you're awesome, Ursula.
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ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Digital Artist
lovely work, i want a print so I can put it on my little oregano jar :D
both characters are so nicely done and I like the mood ^__^
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MakaniValur Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love this! <3
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NightingaleShadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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:iconnichers:
Nichers Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Mmmm, oregano...

Beautiful drawing! And I love the story that goes with it!
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faespirit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
He's so fantastically surly. I also love all the critters along the sides.
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Not to mention their spirited resistance against the Emperor of Icecream, who had conquered the neighboring principality of Pistachio.... 7@=Q
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Ebony14 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
The Earls of Oregano suffered from occasional raids by the Dachshundritter, who would lay siege to their castles from time to time, proving to be much more adept at confronting badgers on their own territory. Sadly, inbreeding among the Dachshundritter led them to hereditary back troubles, often complicated by obesity and bowlegs, which meant that extended sieges and raids were rare.
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