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Boneclaw Mother

By ursulav
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This is the cover for Chapter Seven of my increasingly lengthy webcomic, "Digger." Our wombat heroine had just encountered the elder of a tribe of hyena-like creatures, a hooded figure called Boneclaw Mother, and I liked her enough that I decided to give her the cover illustration.

"Digger" has subscription only archives, but there's several hundred pages free at the moment, plus the current page is always free on Tuesday and Thursday. [link]

Masks are probably the biggest recurring motif in "Digger"--half the characters are veiled or hooded or masked, it shows up in the myths people tell, and even the big stone heads scattered at random through the landscape are based on Balinese Barong masks. Possibly I'm a little obsessed.

Anyway, kind've a Susan Seddon Boulet influence on this one. Prints are available, for $10 and $20 respectively--send a note or visit [link] for details.
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SongCoyote's avatar
Merciful heavens, but I love this character!

I love looking at her, reading her antics, and even roleplaying them from time to time (I've introduced Boneclaw Mother to a couple of different tabletop RPG adventuring parties, and I manage to disturb them with her in a way similar to how she disturbs Digger... and other hyenas, for that matter). I've long wanted a tattoo of her on me somewhere, and this image might just be the right one!

Thank you for the many years of pleasure you've brought me through your stories and art, Ursula <3

Light and laughter,
Hellawulf's avatar
One thing I've always wondered about Boneclaw Mother...was she always blind or was it an unfortunate hunting accident?
Hellawulf's avatar
And for that matter, what was her nomme de plumme when she wasn't Boneclaw ' Mother' ? Was she just ' Boneclaw?'
wyrd66's avatar
I can't express how beautiful Digger is. All I can say is that it made me cry, and I don't cry at anything! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
chaoswolf1982's avatar
"You're a vile old woman."
GoranXII's avatar
I've recently discovered the comic, and I like it. It's especially refreshing to find hyenas portrayed in something other than the 'dumb vicious scavenger' role. A beautiful piece, although what else could be expected from such a great author and artist?
Charishawk's avatar
I absolutely adore this. I think it might be one of my all-time favorites of your work.
discord16's avatar
I think she was probably one of my favorite characters in Digger.
chaosreverent's avatar
amazing character, epic comic
heartmade's avatar
this is so cool! it reminds me of aztec or mayan art (:
RynSerenity's avatar
Woo, Boneclaw Mother! She has become a recurring character in one of our D&D games-- although in my DM's version, she's a gnoll. Still made of awesome, though. :D
MegRH's avatar
lol... the ears and head/hat thing look like the hat i have rofl... :D
black-cat16's avatar
fantastic colors.
MischievousPooka's avatar
Beautifully done. Love the detail.
SpaceTurtleStudios's avatar
Huh. Clearly I need to adjust my monitor... when I looked at this the first time, I didn't like it as much because the contrast between the green and the dark red background seemed too abrupt. However, now I'm looking at it on the school computers, and I can see all the lovely shades of purple and blue and orange in the background, as well as the red. That's really cool.

Gotta love Boneclaw Mother... crazy old ladies are the best.
skopofobi's avatar
Gotta love the colours in this! Great job! :D
ScottishRose's avatar
I haven't read any yet, but it kinda reminds me of Redwall.. the pic
kaseylsnow's avatar
H'oh man this is so cool.

Really, the composition, the lighting, the focus/draw of the viewer's attention to what she's doing with her hands, the colors you chose, the texturing and style of the background--everything. So much love. Honestly, it's lovely things like this that inspire me to keep drawing. Thank you. :heart:
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Am loving the Digger storyline as well ^_^ It's the only webcomic I read on a regular basis (mainly because I don't want to miss anything and can't afford a subscription:blush:)

Keep up the fantastic work!
Reddragon1291's avatar
Very well done, looks mystical and dark
frazeocity's avatar
Beautiful work, as always. I love the textures on this, and the green squigglies.

Bone Mother isn't blind, is she? Her hood comes down so low over her face, it seems like it would impede (or completely block) her vision.
AuroranWings's avatar
Wow, this looks stunning! I love the dark theme of the reds and other dark colours! :D And I must say that mask looks great on her! ;P

The texture in the background looks really neat, too! Great job!
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