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Air Mouse

By ursulav
Okay, okay, another elemental mouse. With gingko leaf. I miss those trees...But this still doesn't constitute a commitment to a series! I promise nothing! Nothing! ARRRGHH!


This was kind of tough. Not in actual painting, which was the standard watercolor/colored pencil/acrylic ink, but getting the colors to hang together.... I originally had planned to do something very like the fire mouse, but I immediately ran into snags--the sort of gritty, textured earth with dark shadows look in the background just didn't work for the light and airy element of air. So I had to start over and go really light, sort of cloudy. And unfortunately that ran into another snag--I wanted to use yellow, but yellow wash background, yellow cloth, tan mouse, gold metal was starting to look very washed out, and lacked the crispness that I'm sort of psychotic about. Even purple shadows didn't quite pull it out. So I wound up inking bits here and there in a medium brown, and that helped quite a lot, and before I quite knew it, I'd gone and inked most of it, and between the heavily stylized smoke and the harder outlines, it had turned Art Nouveau on me. Back in the day, I used to do a LOT of Art Nouveau styled digital work, but I've never really tried it with real media'm scared. (FEAR! FEAR! Geometry SCARY!) But I do love Art Nouveau dearly, so I figured hey, what the hell, added the curly twisty bit down on the left, and called it good.

Having broken even that teeny little wall, I find myself itching to do more Art Nouveau (or at least the less frightning elements--those elaborate frames would probably overwhelm me, alas) in real media. As usual, my crazed muse outpaces my schedule...

Anyway! Mixed media, 9 x 12 on hotpress watercolor block. Original is for sale, prints are available, drop a note or visit [link] for details!
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pdevinney's avatar
what  fantastic concept and wonderful talent, excellent work. great piece. 
nanden's avatar
very nice drawing :3
todobug's avatar
so beautiful , I like it !
Taren14's avatar
Water *Mouse waterbending*
Earth *Mouse earthbending*
Fire *Mouse firebending*
Air *This mouse airbending*

Long ago, the four mouse nations lived in harmony. THen, everything changed when the fire mice attacked. Only the Mouseatar, mousey master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and a mouse and her brother discovered the new Mouseatar, an airmouse named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe, Aang can save the world... *Avatar: The Last Airbender theme plays*
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mira3's avatar
Absolutely fav :)
Heilmittel's avatar
Very pretty. I love the whisp of smoke.
Aoringo's avatar
Oh!!! If only more people drew such cute mice-es... \(^o^)/
Pixel-Spotlight's avatar
:wave: Hi there! :wave:
This piece has been featured in an anthro news article, found here: [link]
Thank you for the fantastic art - please keep it up! :D
Schunki's avatar
Inspiring! like it! ;)
Tigermond's avatar
that's an awesome drawing, I don't know why you got that less pageviews D8
Citronart's avatar
aww! really cute! and great composition ^^
Raineach's avatar
mmm. I am enamored with your work. This little one embodies my mouse totem well. Thank you.
Ombrenuit's avatar
As the others elements mise, I love it! Another :+fav:!
RokaShotar's avatar
My favorite of the elemental mice, this picture has a great lofty and lazy feel to it.
Zoku-chan's avatar
Awww... loving this, have you done more? *Goes to look at others* oh and *favAH*
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Earning-My-Wings's avatar
Fantastic. I really don't know if there is anything I can criticise here! I just adore his expression though - he kinda looks like he's been smoking something!
Sablewynd's avatar
This one is my favorite. He looks very pleased with himself, much like the wind is since it blows whenever it wants to.
Unclassified's avatar
It's so elegant! ^^
fivesix's avatar
aaaw, this is so cute!!!! n all of ur other mouse creations r great too!!!

~mazzy~ :jawdrop: :petting:
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