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pencils + watercolors
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This week’s Art Order challenge [link] was to come up with an unfamiliar familiar. If you’re a D&D player you’ll know that most familiars are rats, snakes, cats, ravens, bats, weasels… with the occasional imp, or dire badger thrown in. Familiars must be, according to D&D rules, a common animal that the sorcerer or wizard bonds with (though there are allowances made in special situations for magical creatures to become familiars). Research done, I started wondering what sort of familiar I would want.

As always, inspiration is often right under our noses.

In my backyard I have a birdfeeder that, until recently, was suspended from our drake elm by a tv cable. (We’re geeks here, such things were handy). Below it was a plastic pedestal bird bath. We have several dozen birds that live in the many, many trees around our house, as well as several daredevil squirrels. Recently we discovered that there was also a couple of raccoons.

One morning I woke up to discover that the birdfeeder had somehow fallen in the middle of the night, spilling seed, nuts and dried fruit everywhere. Well, there should have been dried fruit and nuts, but most of it was gone and only the seed was left. I refilled it and rehung it. Two days later, same thing. Feeder on ground, nuts and fruits gone, still plenty of seed left. Hmmmm. Again, I refilled it and rehung it. The next morning there was some evidence that something had been hauling on the cables trying to pull up the feeder. Weird. So I fixed it again. Two days later, however, I woke up to find not only the feeder on the ground but something had snapped the bird bath pedestal, which was pretty flimsy, true, but shouldn’t have broken like that.

I brought the feeder into the house, left out some fruit and nuts, and then sat up late to wait. Around midnight our little thief showed himself.

Raccoons are surprisingly noisy. He slipped through the yard, then down to the patio. He sat up and looked for the feeder, but I’d brought it in. Disappointed, he set to work on the fruit and nuts and the bugs and earthworm under the dead leaves.

The next morning I did some research on raccoons. They climb well, high up in trees. Their eyesight is pretty poor, but their hearing and sense of smell is phenomenal. They can remember the solutions to puzzles up to three years later and have some minimal counting ability. We’ve upped our cable suspension on the bird feeder to a chain with a closed hook system. Near as we can tell, he was using the bird bath to jump up onto the feeder and swing on it till it fell.

Why aren’t raccoons an option for a familiar already? Certainly they’re at least as clever as a cat or weasel, if not more so, and they can be as big and vicious as a badger. So Slippy here is my submission for the Unfamiliar Familiar challenge. He gives his sorcerer bonuses to listen checks, intelligence, and in addition he can pick simple locks and solve simple puzzles. There is the problem, however, of him sometimes getting into packs looking for food…

Wonder if WotC might consider giving him a bonus “Rabid” attack at higher levels?
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Strange creature form slavic legends.
Hope you like it :)
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i have discovered a new shading method...it gives amazing results! but anyway..I've had this raven head sitting in my sketch book for ages...finally came back to it and am making him a witchdoctor. his hands look so unproportionate because the page is tilted..Covered in gold and jewels...his spinning voodoo coin brings in unexpected people, controling their thoughts or desires. Can be used to be rid of phobias or fear itself. A dangerous tool and a risky endevor, for once hypnotized the raven can control your very thoughts.
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Done for an upcoming show/event.
I didn't know what I was drawing. Suddenly this rabbit with a coat started taking shape. Now that I'm looking at it, I think of Peter Rabbit.
Acrylics, charcoal and graphite pencil on brown paper
4x6 inches
not available


S. Fitts, 2010
My work is NOT to be copied, borrowed, distributed, manipulated or used in any way without my expressed written consent. If you have questions please note me.
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This abomination is brought to you by girlie hormones, Lewis Carrol, and the letter Q.

Roughly 7x7 in. acrylic painting with some colored pencil.

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Beat Boy



I saw this and fell in love with it, so deeply that I needed to make my own version. I hope she doesn't mind.
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The full title is "Nurdle and Stumpy Find a Door to the OutThere". Faery tales and faery folklore have lots of tales about doorways into the faery realm but not much is said about doors back out. So I wondered what the reaction might be if two little nature sprites unexpectedly found a door OUT of the enchanted woods...

Original is about 7x9 inches, painted in W&N watercolours on 140lb paper
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Our first assignment in Illustration II this semester was to illustrate a single word, and to do it in a way so that it wasn't blatant nor achingly subtle. The word crocodiles kept cycling through my head- not as the word to illustrate, but as the subject matter- and so I chose "awkward" as my word and came up with the idea of a crocodile businessman bring home a wildebeest friend from work only to find his wife preparing exactly that for dinner.

Heh. Awkward.

-C
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