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Elder Porcupine

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Published: July 31, 2006
© 2006 - 2020 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's avatar
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's avatar
Lovely picture - even better story.
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Pink-DoodlrStudent Digital Artist
great painting! I loled at the description :XD:
unveilpure's avatar
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...
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saintsolitaireStudent General Artist
very cool. he's awesome
Sylvester71's avatar
hi ursulav,i have enjoyed this picture since i first saw it last year. thanks for all the creative artwork!
Kimchi-Kween's avatar
Beautifully drawn :) I absolutely love it- the porcupine, the stump, the clothing- everything! I love porcupines...5 stars!
etymological's avatar
Where is the print for this on the new site?
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Berglindlif's avatar
Sooo fucking cool. i luv your ideas.
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AFavorInReturn Traditional Artist
Great work and concept. :)
ISeeThee's avatar
Gosh, this is really beautiful! (I never use the word "gosh", so you know I really mean it) ;)
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Pixel-SpotlightProfessional 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's avatar
HAHA! Porupine Tree.

someone had to say iy
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vmulliganHobbyist Digital Artist
You've got a terrific sense of humour. I look forward to what you produce next.
ACuriousPast's avatar
I really love your work, especially this piece.
Kuwaizair's avatar
wich painter tools did you use and how big was your original document?
Sebbal's avatar
The text makes the drawing even more awesome!
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Hugsy25 Traditional Artist
I love this!!! It's just freaking awesome.
to-tu's avatar
:D freewheelin' porcupine...
Redkora's avatar
Love the cig. XD
Ombrenuit's avatar
At least a porcupine in anthro... :+fav:
somniac's avatar
That was the best story I ever read. I want to read that to my kids someday xD
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