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Minor Mage

By ursulav
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Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day.

He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander. His attempts to summon minor imps resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarassing than having your imp leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of brimstone. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage.

Unfortunately, he was all they'd got.


Every now and then I do a painting, and I feel myself sliding into the abyss. This was one of those. Not because it's neccesarily any cuter than anything else I paint, or any more devoid of redeeming social value (well, the armadillo may help. There's a lot of redemption in an armadillo) but it's a big-eyed kid, and it was...so...natural. It flowed. It was disturbingly easy. Somehow, against all reason, a chunk of my brain is absolutely at home painting cute kids. I don't even LIKE kids*. I have all the maternal instincts of a cactus. And yet...there was Oliver.

Anyway! 10 x 15, watercolor, acrylic ink, and colored pencil on illustration board. Original is for sale, send a note, prints are available for $10 plus shipping, again, send a note or visit [link] for ordering info.

*I am terrified of them. Much like grey aliens, which I also fear, I do not know what they want, I am largely unable to communicate with them, and they seem to drip unearthly fluids on every available surface.
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Allyatharii's avatar
His right eye is sort of odd, kinda wrong.. It's malplaced o.O
doodlebugRP's avatar
You're brilliant! In addition to being a fantastic artist, you have the writing talents of a Terry Pratchett, Dave Barry, or Douglas Adams. (If you, or anyone else who reads this message, don't know who all of the above are, you must find out. As soon as possible. They are three of the world's funniest writers.)
I want to meet this Imp as well.
Halonut1's avatar
But the real question is, can he cast magic missle?

Amazing work! very unique style.
MarsW's avatar
THe coloring and his design is so lovely ^^
RokaShotar's avatar
That armadillo is too cute, and that mage is too adorable! I love this picture's simplicity, emotion, and bold hues. Great job!
xCannibalxSheepx's avatar
The armadillo has fat cheeks x3
RachelAngelica's avatar
Hey, my pomeranian's name is Oliver, and he gives me that same look while I'm bathing him. I know it seems like an unbelievable coincidence, but... he, too, is a mage!
shirley-pg's avatar
that is really good
emerald-starflower's avatar

Armadillos totally pwn.

Kids aren't that bad, but kittens are cuter. :D

Oliver looks so sweet and sad... I want to glomp him.... :hug:
Turtlekie's avatar
I don't fear kids, but I sure as heck don't want them running to me for no reason...and yet they do...ugh... As for your work..love...it...I should set up a shrine to it. :D
FratHammer's avatar
He is a cutie. Love the addition of the dillo. Oh and LOVE the staff, very cool idea =)
PigeonCrowz's avatar
Awww, I love it! :)
SeraphimProphets's avatar
Heh, I like that she has an armordillo
Sinsofthesea's avatar
I LOVE this not onlu because your work is amazing as usual.... but because Armadillos are my FAVORITE animal.
silvanoir's avatar
haha, I share your fear of small children
angelofyang's avatar
awwwww.... i like him. he may be a minor mage, a weak wizard, and a summoner in a slump, but he's a good person!

besides, its always the smallest that can sometimes become the greatest ;)

jsf-photography's avatar
looks so small cute and helpless
asyrill's avatar
He's so cute :aww: Lovely coloring job and details, and I love the armadillo too. :D

Great pic 8D
elixkitty's avatar
Aww... such a doe-eyed little student. So adorable.

If it makes you feel any better, Ursula, I'm pretty sure that eventually he'll snap, especially at the wrong time, and unlock some kind of latent ability... and cause a LOT of collateral damage along the way.
Spiegel666's avatar
Poor, sad looking little guy.

I have decided to put a note somewhere on my computer not to look at your work while in class. Fits of giggling are not suitable to research on the Berlin Wall. I.e., I keep getting caught.
Generality's avatar
Kids ARE creepy, aren't they.
Rayfan's avatar
Unfortunately, in spite of its cuteness, I'm going to have to fave this one. Because of his forlorn expression. And the armadillo.
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