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Elder Porcupine by ursulav Elder Porcupine by ursulav
Every morning, Elder Porcupine would set his claws to the back of the petrified pine, the oldest and tallest and deadest tree in the forest, and climb to the very top. There, he would watch the sun rise over the woods, and commune with the ancient spirits of the earth.

Well...that was what he told his grandkids, anyway.

It wasn't exactly untrue, but by the time you were Elder Porcupine's age, you were practically an ancient spirit yourself, and your communing mostly consisted of "Hey, spirits." "Hey, Porcupine." "You good?" "Can't complain." "All right, then." And you really didn't need to get up at dawn for that.

In actual fact, the top of the petrified pine was the only place in the whole damn forest where Elder Mrs. Porcupine would let him smoke.


This painting started out, and it was missing something. Finally I realized that it was the cigarette,* and the rest of it all fell into place--I knew WHY he was on top of the tree, and something of what his story was. I'm not sure why he's such a snappy dresser, but I assume the Elder Mrs. Porcupine is involved in some fashion.

I'm also not sure why the yellow-rumped-warbler is there, but possibly it's planning to bum one off him.

Digital, Painter 7. Prints are available in regular and jumbo for $10 and $20 respectively, plus shipping, send a note or visit [link] for details!

*I'm sure you all know those things give you lung cancer by now, so I'll spare you the speech and assume you're planning on quitting real soon now.
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ashenbach Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Fantastic work! It inspired us over at Makes Me Wanna Write! makes-me-wanna-write.blogspot.… - Enjoy! We fully credited you for the art, of course! :D
MirandaKit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Lovely picture - even better story.
Pink-Doodlr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great painting! I loled at the description :XD:
unveilpure Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
great painting and a sweet, interesting and humorous story behind it.. my only criticism is that you chose to give the elder porcupine a cigarrette, when we all know he really should be puffing on an ancient pipe filled with the strongest weeds and dried mushies in the whole forest, he is communicating with the spirits after all...
saintsolitaire Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
very cool. he's awesome
Sylvester71 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
hi ursulav,i have enjoyed this picture since i first saw it last year. thanks for all the creative artwork!
Kimchi-Kween Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Writer
Beautifully drawn :) I absolutely love it- the porcupine, the stump, the clothing- everything! I love porcupines...5 stars!
etymological Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Where is the print for this on the new site?
evil-t Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Berglindlif Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Sooo fucking cool. i luv your ideas.
AFavorInReturn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great work and concept. :)
ISeeThee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Gosh, this is really beautiful! (I never use the word "gosh", so you know I really mean it) ;)
Pixel-Spotlight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 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
aki-mito Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
HAHA! Porupine Tree.

someone had to say iy
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've got a terrific sense of humour. I look forward to what you produce next.
ACuriousPast Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
I really love your work, especially this piece.
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
wich painter tools did you use and how big was your original document?
Sebbal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
The text makes the drawing even more awesome!
Hugsy25 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
I love this!!! It's just freaking awesome.
to-tu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
:D freewheelin' porcupine...
Redkora Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Love the cig. XD
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
At least a porcupine in anthro... :+fav:
tan-san Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
so wonderful 8D
somniac Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
That was the best story I ever read. I want to read that to my kids someday xD
NeoTiamat99 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
The cigarette is a masterful touch. It turns the work from an animal on a petrified stump to a character I can understand and sympathize well. (I suspect that'll be me in 70-odd years, although with a bubblegum cigar probably...)
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Let the link say it all:
SerendipityByDesign Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Hobbyist
quite the personality with this creature. I like it a lot. you seem to have a very sharp and well crafted style. well done.
RoflWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
Really awesome concept and design. Great detail in both!
thearrgee Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
You missed the patches. Precious moments always have patches. Even animals, which is disturbing because... who would sew a patch onto an animal?
thearrgee Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Whoah. Somehow I put this on the wrong picture! I meant to comment on the "Precious Maggots" picture. How did I manage that?
prismadragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
This is awesome, he really looks like the wise old leader of some porcupine clan. Love the quills!
xybercat Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006   Artisan Crafter
just got my print and everyone in my office loves it
thanks again
JuanMonroe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
I think sometimes he eat some mushrooms too, In a way to feel the nature. This is awesome, love it.
Callu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It's astonishing how smart, clever, and good sens you have or are ! hehe. I love you style and spirit!
darkchapel666 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006

nicely done!!!
cardowl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
That's wonderful!
HONAW Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is neat. I like it a lot
azn1x6flame Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
What an entertaining story with a few twists and turns :]
daniellemasucci Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
funny and beautiful.
MinorTechnicality Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple, the warbler's there to keep him silent company while he enjoys his cigarette!

Lovely detail, I love your work.
Hechicero Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
each person has own story.

when all stories will be drawn? :)
frigga Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
What really gets me, is that he doesn't just smoke... he smokes filtered.
I see no need to justify a yellow-rumped-warbler.
AshtarDragonfire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks so wise, and prickly!:)
galefra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
So wonderful !!
dLeighJewelry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
The only this cuter than the picture is the explanation of why he is up there!
AnnaDraconida Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
Getting that shirt off must be even more interesting than getting it on.
grinningjim Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
pipid Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That's great...
so... undescribable...
feels like seeing a RPG character comes to life...
And I love the little bird :D
Cassandra28 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I hope you don't mind but I featured this piccy in my new journal: [link] :)
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