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Mockingbird with Fez
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Published: May 15, 2006
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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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Comments (91)
draconkin's avatar
your are really giving gomez a run for his money
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Squeaky-The-Duck's avatar
He wears a fez now. Fezzes are cool.
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FlamingFoxDragon's avatar
Love it, there's certainly plenty of personality and the mouth/beak is done nicely. Also...FEZ!!!
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Spirit-Crane-tabida|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! The fez fits him perfectly
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Bombird's avatar
I like the colors... AND THE BIRDS!
Nice work indeed.
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twistkick's avatar
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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NeoTiamat99's avatar
A bird in a fez. What is not to like?
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Reymonkey| 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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Zazma's avatar
This is so cute! :+fav:
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dollyfish|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my gosh that's amazing ^^
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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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xL3x's avatar
This is amazing! :D I love it.
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AlenyaRoverkin's avatar
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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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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theblackwillow|Hobbyist Photographer
Lol i love how u mentioned the fez in the title, awesome work!
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Kata|Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha another fun one ;) You seem to be a fan of the fez
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joelee88's avatar
nice draw
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dnaexmosn|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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thejackbull|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao: Love it.
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Doodlesthegreat's avatar
The beak's not familiar, but I never forget a fez.
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tenko72|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|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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subee's avatar
hehe! cute! :giggle:
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