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Boreal Yams by ursulav Boreal Yams by ursulav
In the cold waters of the Arctic, the largest member of the sea tuber family is the great tusked yam. Weighing up to two tons, the yams of the north are ungainly on land but sleek and graceful in the water. Both male and female yams have tusks, which they use to root around the sea floor, and very rarely, in combat between large males. The yams travel in large family groups, and while a polar pear may occasionally snag a very young or old and rotten yam, the adult yam has no natural predators. They can often be found sunning themselves on rocky outcroppings in summer, or rooting on the shifting icefloes in winter.

Acrylic, 16 x 20. I promised you more Weird Fruit! (Okay, it's a Weird Vegetable. Close enough...) While I painted this mostly to tackle painting the ocean in acrylic, which I'd never really tried before, I think the color contrast came out well. The downside, as I realized early on, was that a yam on a rock looks a bit like...well...Something Else on a rock. I obsessed about this for a bit, until I realized that a walrus flopped on a rock, as much as I love them, is also kind of a brown tapered lump, and there was no getting away from the resemblance unless I made Boreal Artichokes or something. The original is for sale, and whether the buyer tells guests that it's a painting of Boreal Yams, or of...Boreal...something Not My Problem. Prints available! Drop a note, visit [link] if I've updated for prices and whatnot.
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greivous1214 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How about an ottercado, a cross between an otter and an avocado?
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017
I love.
funsizedOtaku Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
MG02 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Love the description xD
theIcecolo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Filmographer
*looks up yams on DA*
I am not dissapointed
RoyalDuchessMajesty Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I yam amazed at your skill. :)
chucktree Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant tell you how much I love this painting. <3 like i really love this. is this piece sold yet?
Dendroabates Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I think these weird animals are your best works; they're well done and inspired !
darvula Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome.
SwampLogger15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
LMAO! XD These are just adorable! I love them! ^.^
MonstersandMayhem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Polar Pears. LOL.
atomiccatz Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Yuck....yams. I do love Yamrus!:heart::love:
GarnethRiparian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Wha.... That is... How do you even think of something like this???
YuanHamasaki Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
A very creative way to show a weird vegetable. I love walruses and I love yams! What could be better than mixing them together? I just hope there aren't any polar pears around!
youvegotmaille Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
In Opry Mills mall in Nashville there lives a carousel with some out of the ordinary animals (dolphins, swans and whatnot), among which is an otter, whose stomach you can ride (that's right, its belly, not its back, which seems slightly weird to me). However, as it whirls around to obligatory organ music, you can't really tell it's an otter until you get right up on it. It looks more like...

"Mommy, I want to ride the potato!"
BrownieParadox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a creative idea!! I love yams!!
PikaRox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
I love your wierd fruit (/vegetables) :D
MinorTechnicality Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love yams! So tasty. :D

...... polar pear... :giggle:
Ski-Machine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student
Woo! I love Yamz!
icestar523 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
HaHa fuuhuhuuuunyeeeee
EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i have a newfound love of yams.
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist

You should do a drawing of a polar pear! =D
Myfairkatie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
They're so cute.
ExplosionAnomaly Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008   Photographer
This is the best in the world.
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
They are so cute! :+fav:
TheWaffleFox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
My favorite out of your wierd fruits and vegitables. Though the Wildibeets almost stole my heart with thier name, these yams are the best.
fyrenwater Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
interestingly, yams make really good walruses. XD
Aislea Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007   Writer
Strangly I am reminded of a tribe of monkeys and how they learned that dipping yams in to the ocean made them taste better.
pinktoasteroven Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
I love it. :) I think you did a great job, and they do look like yams. :+fav:
Reputed Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
...I like alot of your art without even realizing it's you. XD
harukaju Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
why is it that everytime I search an animal, the first picture I say 'OOH! Awesome!' is always yours! LOL I kid you not! It has happened on atleast 4 different occasions! Obviously, you rock! And so do these sea tubers. I bet you have awesome dreams because you always make such awesome pictures come to life.
blonde-and-proud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
yams rock!!!
smiling-grouch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Because of this picture, the site of dozens of college student sunning themselves on the lawn of the library has forever been tainted. Now, all I see is a field of yams.

That makes me smile. Every single time. :)
Goopygoo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Alright! You rock hard in this form! Go yams!
cgandys Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006   Writer
I want one so bad! I had a dream once with two tiny walruses (smallruses ;) ) one siver, one gold, swimming in my fishtank. So cute!
Neminder Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
AWWWW They´re cute! :love:
Kurtman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
They look like walrus-carrots to me.
shinyhappygoth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2005
So would a group of them like this be a rootery?
xXminceXx Featured By Owner May 20, 2005   Artisan Crafter
This is ingenious. *chiggle*
kitton Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally love it! What a cool, crazy Idea! sea yams! Anyway, I adore the rock and water textures. The water is so gorgeous and blue! Lovely and creative imagery!
MinorTechnicality Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually.. ::tilts head to the side:: that one sunning itself on the front reminds me of a carrot.. but I never would hve thought of the something else if you didn't say anything. -_-;

Cute, though.. :D
Whitewings05 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005   Photographer
wow this is soo cool and cute Yams!! hehe:+fav::+fav::+fav:
astrojaxx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
i love the concept, and the pic. have a fav :)
katya-h Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004  Professional General Artist
man, this was funny enough in the thumbnail, but then i saw you added TUSKS.... oh god. :rofl:
NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2004
Your art in and of itself is stunning, but it's the hilarious captions that you add that make it so funny!

*giggles* Yams....
Nicnivin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004   Traditional Artist
i want one!
Nicnivin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004   Traditional Artist
i want one!
thundercake Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone in the entire universe should see this before they die.

Otherwise, their life is not complete.

thank you.
rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2004
its amazing how much a yam looks like a walrus
but no know predators? what about the great white banana or something or rather
JSpengs Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
Polar Pear? Oh brother... :roll:

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