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Mockingbird with Fez by ursulav Mockingbird with Fez by ursulav
There's a mockingbird that sings around here after midnight. I hadn't known they sang at night, but hey, you learn something new every day.

Only the bachelor males sing at night, in an effort to pick up chicks, possibly thinking that if they can keep the female awake, she will eventually snap and scream some mockingbird equivalent of "FINE! I'll mate with you tomorrow, now SHUT UP SO I CAN SLEEP!" (If I was a single female mockingbird, I can't swear this tactic wouldn't work on me--after a coupla sleepless nights, I'll agree to a lot of things if it means I can get some shut-eye.) Once the male gets some nookie, he apparently stops singing at night.

So out back, there is one lonely male mockingbird, singing his heart out, lookin' for love, while love attempts to roost someplace quiet and shoves her primaries in her ears.

I don't mind the singing--I can't hear it from inside--and it's sort of nice to wander out in the dark and hear a bird singing off in the distance. But at the same time, I can't help but root for the little guy to find his feathery princess, sweep her off her talons, and finally be able to stop his midnight serenade.

For her sake, I hope he's a little less dorky than this gentleman.
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A quick and silly piece for the Anthrocon art show, inspired by the local wildlife, with obligatory fez. (Chicks dig fezes. Right? Of course they do! Nothin' says manly like a fez.) I should really do more birds. I love watching birds, but they're tough to paint so that they look cute and cartoonish but still essentially birdish. I think it's the expressions, or lack thereof--the beak and those blank, round eyes makes 'em tough to work with. Still, gettin' there.

Anyway, the original is an 8 x 10 mixed media piece, and will go to the Anthrocon art show. If it doesn't sell there, it will be available on-line afterwards. (If you absolutely positively must have this painting because your brother is a fez wearing ornithologist specializing in mimid behavior, it is available at a significantly higher price prior to Anthrocon, e-mail or send a note for details.)

Prints are available right now for $10 plus shipping! Send a note or visit [link] to order!
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:icondraconkin:
draconkin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
your are really giving gomez a run for his money
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:iconsqueaky-the-duck:
Squeaky-The-Duck Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
He wears a fez now. Fezzes are cool.
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FlamingFoxDragon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Love it, there's certainly plenty of personality and the mouth/beak is done nicely. Also...FEZ!!!
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:iconspirit-crane-tabida:
Spirit-Crane-tabida Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! The fez fits him perfectly
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:iconbombird:
Bombird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I like the colors... AND THE BIRDS!
Nice work indeed.
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twistkick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Student
I have tried to avoid it, but it's inevitable. Your work makes up at least half of my favorites. It just makes me so HAPPY.
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:iconneotiamat99:
NeoTiamat99 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
A bird in a fez. What is not to like?
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:iconreymonkey:
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006   General Artist
You know, it's good to hear that an artist I so admire has the same trouble anthropomorphisizing birds. I like that it's not just me.
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:iconzazma:
Zazma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
This is so cute! :+fav:
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dollyfish Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my gosh that's amazing ^^
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
I think there's a mockingbird nest outside my bedroom window, he must've found his mate. If you ever made children's stories (like your ABC pages), your first should be "The Lonely Mockingbird". ^^! Poor little mockingbird. He's rockin' that fez though. Maybe he and the fez'ed hummingbird should hang out.

~*KA*~
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:iconxl3x:
xL3x Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006
This is amazing! :D I love it.
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:iconalenyaroverkin:
AlenyaRoverkin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
ROFL only you, ursulav, only you.... *wipes laugh-tears away* I think I love your comments and stories as much as I do your pictures!!
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AlenyaRoverkin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
ROFL only you, ursulav, only you.... *wipes laugh-tears away* I think I love your comments and stories as much as I do your pictures!!
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:icontheblackwillow:
theblackwillow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol i love how u mentioned the fez in the title, awesome work!
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha another fun one ;) You seem to be a fan of the fez
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:iconjoelee88:
joelee88 Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
nice draw
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:icondnaexmosn:
dnaexmosn Featured By Owner May 21, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, the explanation makes the picture all the better. But really, you score big just for being able to use that title. I may have to draw something in a fez, just for the title.
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:iconthejackbull:
thejackbull Featured By Owner May 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao: Love it.
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:icondoodlesthegreat:
Doodlesthegreat Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
The beak's not familiar, but I never forget a fez.
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner May 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how punchy this is! I like the lineart on this, that fez, and how the feathers are done.
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wacky-w Featured By Owner May 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer
great work! the wings look almost lifelike. and yes the fez does hav a lil je nes sais crois about it. hehehe :thumbsup:
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:iconsubee:
subee Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
hehe! cute! :giggle:
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:iconlbitka:
LBitka Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
Thats a great piece :laughing:
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:iconmothie:
mothie Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Our mockingbirds (they've moved on now) used to sound like car alarms. You'd hear one go off a few blocks away, and then listen as a chorus of car alarms traveled through the neighborhood.
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WarpedOrbit Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
:lol:
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:iconberserkhare:
berserkhare Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
love the cute mockingbird:aww:
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:iconitsrainingumbrellas:
itsrainingumbrellas Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
woo! for a quick piece you certainly did a great job on the details anyways! - the talons and the feathers are great. and you rock at giving birds expressions. aside from the fez, it's the beak + mouth that really produce that dopey effect.
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:iconlunaiy:
lunaiy Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Heh, you should honestly try writing some humor prose-thingies, you're funneh =3
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:iconbaudelairestitch:
baudelairestitch Featured By Owner May 16, 2006   Photographer
FEZ! Me likes fezes. Huzzah.
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:iconren-chan07:
Ren-chan07 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006   Writer
Hehe... I like it!!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cute, I like the way you painted the wings.

Hope he gets married soon!
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:icontanichan:
TaniChan Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
oh ho that's hot!
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:iconwyldhoney:
wyldhoney Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Mockingbird + fez = Tommy Cooper??
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:iconnicolakel:
Nicolakel Featured By Owner May 16, 2006   Photographer
Hehehe thats brilliant. Your very talented
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:icontsemalon:
tsemalon Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
this bird looks just so silly! GENIAL!! :+fav: for sute, I love it ^^
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lotus-kid Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Oh yeah, fezes are totally hot. (heh, there's a sentence I never thought I'd type..) Good luck to this would-be swain!
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:iconcapndeek373:
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
"Chicks dig fezes. Right? Of course they do!"
Probably not in my case
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:iconaintes:
Aintes Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Hey, I want a fez!
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Jachra Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
That's a splendid tactic, I should give it a shot...complete with fez...
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anya1916 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in the movie 'the king and mockingbird" (such an awesome animated movie !!!!) the mockingbird (which frst occupation is to bother the King *who killed his wife*) sings every night a lullaby to his children, the lyrics are of course against the King. He sings really loudly and horribly ^^

Le roi n’a pas sommeil, (the king is not asleep)
Et c’est bien fait pour lui, (and that is a good thing)
Il ne dort que d’un œil (he sleeps with one eye open)
Et remue dans son lit. (he moves in his bed)

Dormez,dormez, petits oiseaux, (dream, dream, dream little birds)
Petits oiseaux chéris, (sweet little birds)
Petits oiseaux chéris. (sweet little birds)
Papa est là qui veille, (daddy is here watching over)
Papa qui veille au grain. (daddy who looks after you)

Dormez petites merveilles, (dream little wonders)
Il fera beau demain. (the sun will shine tomorrow)
Dormez, dormez, petits oiseaux, (dream dream little birds)
Petits oiseaux chéris... (sweet little birds)

Le roi n’a pas sommeil, (the King is not asleep)
Car il a peur la nuit (because he is afraind during the night)
A cause des perce-oreilles (because of the earwigs)
Et des chauves-souris. (and the bats)

Dormez, dormez, petits oiseaux, (dream dream little birds)
Petits oiseaux chéris... (sweet little birds)
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odangoinblack Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
Oh man. Today was one of the most stressful days I've had in years, and then I saw this and read the description, and I couldn't help but laugh. You helped make my day end on such a bright note. Thank you. :D

That look on the bird's face ...that manly fez. This is fantastic. :D
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner May 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, that's hilarious =) Very nicely drawn, and I'm so digging the explanation behind it.
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kamikazepenguine Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
He looks compleatly amazing. That bird has some personality. If I were a female bird, I would definatly be swooning to his song.
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Fox-the-Kitsune Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
What song is he singing?
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:iconxynk:
Xynk Featured By Owner May 15, 2006   Filmographer
"I'm Henry the Eighth I am, I am. Henry the Eighth I am I am. I got married to the woman next door..."

Second verse same as the first..
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:iconfox-the-kitsune:
Fox-the-Kitsune Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
:lmao: Like the movie 'Ghost'. :rofl: Now that's the version that's stuck in my head.
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Maridius Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
I agree on the expression problem, though you've done great with him! Well the body alone speaks volumes! With animals like birds, with the stiff beak and beady eyes, you probably have to take a bit of license. I probably would have flexed up the beak to get that smarmy grin ;) I like your solution though.

Oh and by way of introductions, I've added you to my watch list if I haven't told you so in comments. Hi!
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SleepyShippo Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
THis dude looks drunk! LOL Whoever does give him some nookie's gonna have to be just as plastered to put up with his off-key warbling! :rofl: :lmao: You're so inventive! I love your unique pieces!
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