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Air Mouse by ursulav 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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nanden Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice drawing :3
todobug Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
so beautiful , I like it !
Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
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*
LisaPlokker Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Pic won't load :(
ECVcm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Writer
FuzzyBuzzy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Featured here [link] :boogie::hug::sun:
mira3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Absolutely fav :)
Heilmittel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Very pretty. I love the whisp of smoke.
Aoringo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh!!! If only more people drew such cute mice-es... \(^o^)/
Pixel-Spotlight Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
: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 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspiring! like it! ;)
Tigermond Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
that's an awesome drawing, I don't know why you got that less pageviews D8
Citronart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
aww! really cute! and great composition ^^
Raineach Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm. I am enamored with your work. This little one embodies my mouse totem well. Thank you.
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
As the others elements mise, I love it! Another :+fav:!
RokaShotar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
My favorite of the elemental mice, this picture has a great lofty and lazy feel to it.
Mediskaline Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
Zoku-chan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
Awww... loving this, have you done more? *Goes to look at others* oh and *favAH*
Marylouue Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Earning-My-Wings Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
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 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is my favorite. He looks very pleased with himself, much like the wind is since it blows whenever it wants to.
Unclassified Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
It's so elegant! ^^
fivesix Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005   Traditional Artist
aaaw, this is so cute!!!! n all of ur other mouse creations r great too!!!

~mazzy~ :jawdrop: :petting:
blueseas Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2005
I think I like this mouse best.
half-dark Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2005
He looks doped up, man! XD
i love the detail and anatomey on this
dgtal Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
I just have to say that the idea of making the mouse so mystical is great! One hell of an idea, it's fullfilling, lovely. Thank you. :mosaic:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005   General Artist
well i remember when i used to watch you back on elfwood
so i might as well continue watching you here, seeing as you're continuing to put out just the grooviest things

i remember back when you were painting frogs :frog:
kudos on your advancements!
Kermon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
You're an amazing artist :) I have no idea what Art Nouveau is as I've not studied art, but I do like this :p Most of my photos are unintentionally kinda washed out and grey because of the lack of daylight in winter, and my lack of getting up in time for it :XD:
patrx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005
Nice design, Ursula! Love the style, too. Guess I like the nouveau - art deco period art, too. I like looking through the Dover Publications catalogs and their reproductions and clip art. :D
m0rpheus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2005  Professional Artist
Love the expression on his face.. so solemn......
Dorian16 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
Awesome stuff!!!:judge:
sesquipedalian Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
Even though the colors aren't *light*, per se, the warm golds make me think of incense and insense smoke, which makes me think, "air".

So I think you did fine.
evanjensen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Do ginko fronds mean airy, or is that just a random insertion? O.o I adore the colors on this guy.
dead-but-smiling Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005
won't fav this one, not to spoil you, LOL :D
this is amazing :)
alienfirst Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutelu aodrable. I really love the coloring!
chibikazz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005   Writer
Very nice. :+fav:
DarkStri Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
All you mice are so awesome!!!!! And cute!!! :#1: :judge:
sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
very awsome... cool looking mouse... and i really like the texture of the background... very nicely done :D
Hipochan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
very exotic ;)
Pumidlo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IT'S GREAT! Your mice are really outstanding and sweeeeeeeeeeet! :) Great work!!!!!!!!
Endelva Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
I adore those selemental mice series!
cuarenta-y-ocho Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
i just loooove his expression *.*
gingko leafs are the best!
pocky-lani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
This is awesome :+fav:
mojaam Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
Ah nice, a rat chillin like a villin :D.
nessaneko Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005   Digital Artist
Wow, that's cool. I know how you feel with the Art Nouveau - I blithely decided to produce an entire portfolio with Art Nouveau and particularly Mucha influences... realising that I had to include an artist piece to show reference, I skipped into reproducing a Mucha print, in watercolour, about twenty centimetres high.
Man, that was a long nine hours of brush and linework.
Lovely work, as always!
cooliosis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
i've just decided, I'm going to fave all your elemental mouses. ^__^ good job!
chaded Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
you are awesome!
at my seondary school we had a gingko biloba tree, isnt it also known as maiden hair tree? it was so pretty, i'm glad to see this little mouse likes it too =D
keep up the good work!
Me-the-Charmer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
I like how this mose is in such a diffreent pose to the fire mouse. The swirly bits are really cool too.
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
rich muncher with style...
tasiallama Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
I think this might be my favorite one of the elemental mice... :) I just love the shape of it's face, and the expression it has. I really like the little ridges in it's ear, too. ^_^ Art nouveau is one of my favorite styles, and I think you did a great job tying it in here.
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