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The Fox and the Egg by ursulav The Fox and the Egg by ursulav
I've never quite figured out what's up with the blind jesters. (I'm not even sure if they're CALLED the blind jesters.) They seem to be a multi-species bunch, they all wear checkerboard-edged robes that cover their eyes, Quick the donkey may be one (but he's a neophyte if he is) but that's about all I know.

I suspect they're an order akin to mendicant monks, and they find a lot of things amusing. I'm also not entirely sure I want to see under the hoods. I mean, it's probably nothing, they seem like a mostly good-natured bunch but....well...I can't completely rule out that there's something uncomfortable under there.

They wander into Gearworld occasionally, but they aren't from there.

I wonder if they know the Monks of Perdition (or hell, maybe they ARE the Monks of Perdition...that would make a certain kind of sense...)

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8 x 8 mixed media on gessoboard. Over the years I've done a fair number of animals in this sort of costume, and I'm still no closer to figuring out where they're all from.

Original is probably going to AC, but is for sale. Prints available for $10 plus shipping. Send a note or visit [link] for details!
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
So there's a story behind these pictures?
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:icongreysfox:
Greysfox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I always kind of assumed they were the Monks od Perdition, myself....
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:iconsugar-bielbog:
Sugar-Bielbog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Why is it so thoughtfully contemplating this egg?
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:iconsugar-bielbog:
Sugar-Bielbog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Why is it so thoughtfully contemplating this egg?
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:iconcharishawk:
Charishawk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I am a sucker for these checkered-robe critters whenever you post them. I have the print of the donkey and goldfish in my kitchen, and everyone loves it. My friend John Snyder (comic book illustrator) was admiring the rocks last time he was over. :)

...And now I want a print of this one, too. GREAT. Hee.
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:iconboldfox:
boldfox Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Love the Fox looks like he's from discworld or something like that!
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:iconjumanjishishioh193:
JumanjiShishioh193 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
It's Robin Hood! I kid, cool picture.
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:icondanc1ng1nthera1n:
danc1ng1nthera1n Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
the chicken and the egg... now this is a whole other question. :D :clap: I love it
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:iconknap:
Knap Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
:omg: I love the look the hood on the cloak gives the fox. awesom!
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:iconcarnivalchild:
CarnivalChild Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
The purple is the cloak is an awesomtastic touch. ALso, would the ears sticking through the hood make it hard to take on an off easily?
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:iconricey:
ricey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I like how eggs are some kind of holy symbol in your work. Or maybe I've just imagined that...
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:iconhymenomycotina:
Hymenomycotina Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you ever read that story where the mother goose or hen or...some poultry entrusts her only salvaged egg to the neighborhood fox? The horrible bit is he never has a change of heart and gets all maternal at the end, he just eats the egg. Sure, they tried to make it all better by saying "and she had many children," but I hated that damn book.
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Akuma-JouninOtonin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
The Fox is trying to get into it's head..Little does he know it's still in phase of Trying to crack that damnedable outter shell.
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:iconnighthyena:
Nighthyena Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
mmmmmmm eggs. I love his little costume! :D
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:iconbiggerj:
biggerj Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
I've just realized that the blind jesters bear a striking similarity to the Dour Brotherhood. Perhaps one group began by splintering off from the other.
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:iconbiggerj:
biggerj Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
I imagine that the blind jesters keep the truth of what's under their hoods a secret because the ideal state of what's under their hoods is the 'unknown' state. The very act of keeping it a secret results in people getting sensationalistic theories (consciously or subconsciously formed) in their heads, to the extent that whatever the truth may be - even if it's really, really maddeningly horrible - would be massively disappointing compared to the viewer's expectations.

Perhaps it's deliberate - perhaps the hoods are specially engineered to cause the optimum amount of causing-imaginations-to-run-wild-ness. Removing a blind jester's hood might even cause the viewer to die of disappointment.
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:iconlaspook:
LaSpook Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Student Photographer
Brilliant :)
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:icontie-dyed-trickster:
Tie-Dyed-Trickster Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
(thinks over all this) Nifty! Can I join the order of the Blind Jesters, even though I'm human? (hopeful expression)

Trickster

P.S.

Not asking to be drawn - can do that myself. Just wanna know where I can find a sign-up sheet or something...
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:iconkumorinoko:
Kumorinoko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
I love the design of the robe, and the purple highlights in with the blue.
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:iconredxii:
RedXII Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008   Traditional Artist
This is great, as always. I'm an admirer of your works... but seeing the title just made me think of Dylan Moran: "There was a fox cooking eggs... on a speedboat..."
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StephaniePride Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The truth is the blind jesters just get lost easily. Each one of them has a GPS navigation module fixed to the inside of their hood, 'take three steps to the left, curtsy, turn 90'anti clockwise skip forward for 8 seconds, reverse skip for 9 seconds, jump up and down 5 times, you have reached your destination'
They don't realise the directions are being given by a group of pygmy possums who started doing it as a practical joke and turned professional when they realised how much money they were making...
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DruidElf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
:heart:
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:iconsuperdemon-inuyasha:
Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe very cute! nice job on this 8D
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:iconzeithion:
Zeithion Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Haha, very cool!

This is classic. Classic.
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:iconsober-irish-guy:
Sober-Irish-Guy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Writer
The immediate impression I got was: "Holy crap, it's one of those druids from back when Ireland was called Innisfáil! Being a fox for some reason and holding an egg for some more easily-explained reason."

Then again, I am reading a lot of Caiseal Mór's stuff lately (not bad fantasy. Really good if you're interested in Irishness or like a narrator with personality)
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:iconguukan-mangaka:
Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
So cool!
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:iconfrenchfox:
frenchfox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Nice realization , a fantasy fox ! :dance:
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:icongudruna:
gudruna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
I like how's holding the egg and his amused grin
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:iconterrorcookie:
TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
I like the look on his face. Despite his blindness, he seems very sure and confident of himself.
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:iconjen-foxworth:
Jen-Foxworth Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Student General Artist
oh it's so adorable!!
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:iconkittypetro:
kittypetro Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Soo cute
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:iconmomotte2:
Momotte2 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
What a nice fox ! :heart:
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:iconxxdeceptivexx:
xxdeceptivexx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Very nice... I like the way he's so mysterious with that hood pulled so low. Also you've painted him very well; he has so much character.
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:iconeggo21:
eggo21 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Thats cool :)
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:iconzeldalina:
Zeldalina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008   General Artist
Nice! :D
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:iconlanthir44:
Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
For years now I have wanted to make one of those robes, and someday I will.
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:iconlibriangoober:
LibrianGoober Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
I think I know what's under those hoods.

Fox porn.
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:iconburtonizedprincess:
BurtonizedPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
The egg is probably evil.
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:iconsilvertalion:
SilverTalion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
...I want a robe like that.
Very nicely done. I like your technique :D
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:iconkgse:
kgse Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe verry cool
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:icondraze:
draze Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the Disney version of Robin Hood.
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:iconemperorremus:
EmperorRemus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
"Now with this single, magic egg I will rule the world!"

dun dun DUN!
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:iconzethelius:
Zethelius Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
This is one of the awesomest pictures I've ever seen! :D
it screams to be favorited.
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:iconphantaz:
phantaz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Wonderful character. I love your coloring style.
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:iconraybies:
raybies Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
I think the fox's tail looks like it's a big wad of bacon. Goes well with that egg. :)

--Ray
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:iconmsfeistus:
msfeistus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Wherever they're from, this one's fantastic ... I love the little ties on the hat.
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:iconmottled-kitten:
Mottled-Kitten Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
You have blind jesters, and I have mute fools. Maybe we should join up and make a company!
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:iconyddari:
yddari Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
I wouldn't want to look under the hood. Doesn't anybody remember what happened to the guy that peeked under Bobbin's hood in Loom?
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:iconsquirrelborg:
squirrelborg Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, reminds me of the dragon egg thieves in the Spyro the Dragon game. Those guys were such a pain to catch.
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:iconori-chan7:
Ori-chan7 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
hehehe, wow i'd forgotten about those dudes. at least they had very recognizeable sounds so you always knew to look around for one.
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