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A Wizard of Tea by ursulav A Wizard of Tea by ursulav

Alchemists in the western world tended to spend their time in useless pursuits, tinkering with virgin's milk and mercury, trying to make the philosopher's stone and generally being of no use to anybody.

Alchemists in the east, however, learned early on to turn their powers to trade, and became wildly successful in business. Silk-charmers capable of creating magical dyes were the most highly sought after, but running a close second were the wizards of tea.

Turning lead to gold was for chumps. A tea wizard who could transmute ten bushels of inferior green into ten pounds of the delicate and extraordinarily expensive "Dragon's Eyelashes" blend could build a whole house out of gold--or lead, were she so inclined and didn't plan to spend much time at home.

Eventually, of course, the East India Tea Company figured it out and started recruiting starving young European alchemists and sending them around the Cape. Most of them were only good for keeping tea from rotting on the docks, but a few turned out to have a real flair and a gift for "reading the leaves" and the rest, as they say, is history.


Aggghhhh! Big-eyed cartoony girls! Sparkly magic! Inner teenage girl squealing! I could actually feel myself going to the dark side as I painted...

Still, I regret nothing. Except perhaps that I drank a LOT of tea during the day and a half this painting took. The painting could probably have been done several hours sooner if I hadn't been spending so much time in the bathroom.

Anyway! Prints are available, for $10 and $20, (8.5 x 11 and 13 x 19 respectively) plus shipping. I take Paypal, check and money order. Send me a note, or visit [link] to order!

*Sorry, crass I know, but many people apparently don't actually read down to the bit where it says "You can buy this stuff!"
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Ejderha-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love tea and I love this image. Wonderful!
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
Do they have spell for summoning milk and sugar?  Would love to learn that spell as I love green tea.  With honey!
skipshot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of my wife.
Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TiraArts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this concept too.
Ipoxitye Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! What a cool idea!
ErysRose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
How cool! :heart:
L1ghtningpaw Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tea is wonderful and so is this picture!!:iconheartballoonplz:
Cali-the-cat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute! I love the idea of tea wizards. :heart: That's the sort of wizard I'd be for sure! I love tea! :D Kudos to you for creating this!
Valvado Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I am speechless!!!! This is amazing! beautifully done, with lots of detail :D Congrats!

Fantasy ART gallery:

elleneri Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the little stories that come with most of your paintings.
request-commission Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! I am wondering if I can use this in a video I'm making? The video is going to be about angels, warriors, angel warriors, mages, witches, girls/boys with guns and/or swords and more. So, it's mostly going to be about fantasy stuff. I will make sure you are added to the credits list for your art at the end of the video and that you get a link to the video with your art in it. The songs that will be on the video is:

We Are Who We Are- By: Kesha
Blow Me Away- By: Breaking Benjamin
Naturally- By: Selena Gomez
Bet On It- By: Zac Efron (High School Musical 2)
I'm Alive- By: Celine Dion
Moves Like Jagger- By: Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
Disgusting- By: Kesha

WARNING: There might be 2-3 parts.

So, may I use this piece of art in my video?
DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful, wonderful
eva-tiger-lover Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
magic tea
like it
i want tast it
Mushroom-kat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
she needs to meet the mad hatter ;)
Dragkey01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mean to offend, but this made me think 'wow, the mad hater had a daughter'
Dragkey01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*hatter sorry
West-117 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Very cool, I like the little lore you came up with it.
RedDoktor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Amazing character and idea. I love the style of this :)
lol-jokesbiggestfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
woooooow ooh aah so-s-s-so amazing :iconadmireplz:
Chishio-chan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome painting, if only i had the money... (tear). Anyway wish more people knew the power of tea, love it.
Battlewolf98 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Lovely work!
Irishrover Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I love tea and magic so this amused me to no end, thank you for posting such lovely work.
PerplexedCam Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
A wizard of tea?

That's got to be the most awesome thing to be a wizard from!!!!1
naysayer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic! Combing the magic of tea, and the tea of magic :D
Granted it caused some what of a momentary head turn when I counted her fingers... but this is beautifully composed.
Heercums-N-Oxymoron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I dub thee...Myra

Name just sort of came to me while I was looking

How did you get so good at art? (I know, I know, practice practice practice!)
Ai-to-maho Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I like this. Really nice character!
Zombievegetarian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
that would make a grate book
Mistgod Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SalieriTheFish Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I like the thick, hard-working-person fingers. Reminds me of the Mystics from "The Dark Crystal".
KiraLibraryWork Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010

My name is Stéphanie, and i’m a french student. My studies are about library and with a friend we’re making –for a very important school work wich will be extremely important to finish our studies, this is our final project – some preparations for an event.
In brief, our event will be about the fantasy phenomenon today (in cinema, books, video games etc). And it’ll take place in some Parisian place. We would like to -as part of all the activities of the event- do a little exposition with some fan-arts/original arts we choose of you and of others guys of deviant art.
But this event is prepared in theory and will only exist on paper for the examination. The event won’t really happen. But we have to do as if it was going to happen and obtain the pictures agreements of you and the others to print your art on photo paper, to show it in an exposition with your name and perhaps (if you want) your e-mail under it.
So this is what I came to ask you for : please, would you theorically accept that we freely print some pictures of your work for us, with your name and email (as proof we asked you) for our work ?
If you agree and tell us before Tuesday, we would be very thankful, because it is a very important thing for us. And our examination is soon.
Thank you,

AdmiralAngela Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
Ophelianime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
IT's a great idea[link]
halflingrogue Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Ha, I love the description. I'd like to see more of that story put to use somewhere...

I particularly like the use of teaballs as jewelry! Very nice detail.
darklugia89 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
i love wizards. nice colors and good tea time.
Mr-Howl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
I can't decide whether I like the concept or the execution better. Either way, this is an awesome piece!
agedghost Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009   Artist
i thought this was so great I featured it here:
Wilpan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Aethelmyth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Seems like she's a female gnome of Azeroth, especially for her 4-fingered-hands ;-)
Really like the story above
douglasVieira Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Fiquei com vonatade de tomar cha...
Arty2sheds Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Three sugars and a few drops of milk please ^^
gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. :)
deathbytealeaves Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I love :tea:

nekoheehee Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
as a lover of tea I have to say that is something I wish I could do. epic :+fav:
Cakemage Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Mmm, now that's a power worth having! This is an utterly gorgeous painting in both form and concept.
chibi-monster Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
That looks like some scrumptious tea. :"DD
sw33t4tea Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
I :heart:, :heart:, :heart: this! And :+fav: it too!

If only it were this easy to make a cup of tea some mornings...:giggle:

Kietra-Akine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
This is such an amazing concept.
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