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The Fisher by ursulav The Fisher by ursulav
"Come with me," the man said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

"What possible good is that to me?" the fisher asked.

"The flesh of men
is not so sweet
as fresh-caught trout.

And fish may jerk and gasp and die upon the line--
but they do not whine.

You'll get no complaint from herring, mackerel, saradine--
but hook a man and he'll complain
on every slight he's ever suffered,
from the cradle to the grave.

You'll beg to throw him back.

It would be a better trick, entire,
to make men out of fishers."


Um. Yes. My apologies for descent into the wretched realms of free verse, but there was a distinct cadence in my head, and you suffer my doggerel as a result. Mea culpa! This is the price I pay for wringing My Little Dinosaurs out of my brain--it gets to do stuff like this, and it doesn't explain them to me at all. It's a follow-up to the Owl Saint, I guess. [link] They seem to be from the Plane? Chunk of grey matter? Religion?

Somebody's going to ask what creature this is supposed to be--fishing cat, Pomerian, Persian, fox, maybe a really poor rendering of that large weasel called a fisher--and the answer is, it isn't. It's nothing in specific. It's not an anthro animal in the conventional sense, it's just another thing from my head trying to look wrong the right way.

If you locate a meaning, I hope you brought enough to share with the whole class.

Anyway, digital, Painter 7 and Wacom prints available for $10 for small, and another LE run of 25 on the jumbos, for $45 plus shipping. Send a note, or visit [link] for details.
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ashenbach Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Excellent image and poetry! They both inspired me to write a little poetry of my own, I hope you enjoy! makes-me-wanna-write.blogspot.… - I fully credited you for the art, of course!
hummbuzz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I have featured this image. [link] :sun:
MisterAlways Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I love everything about this one. From the delicious details on the stone (metal?), to the sinister look in its eyes while it looks at those fish ("Oh yeah, you're gonna get your shit eaten, buddy, best protect ya neck!"), to its dainty little hands, to how old and rotten that "fishing pole" looks, to the illusion of it having only two limbs (I can see that it's got legs of a fashion, but the ommision of feet makes something deliciously creepy take place)...and to how it seems to be wearing some kind of cowl over a human-like face (just me? Anyone else seeing it? No? Aww...).

Love it. Love it to bits.
Fuiron Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
That's no animal. But, I wouldn't call it human. I'd say that just as there is a distance between the beasts and us, there is distance between us and God. Whatever this creature is, it occupties that distance...
Or not. Maybe somebody just flushed their chinhilla one day, and it grew into a fish-eating sewer monster, eventualy escaping into another dimension where its talents are appreciated.

I LOVE how natural your supernatural/weird stuff looks!
DeadlyLampshley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
These figures remind me of the story of Pocahontas...
not the cutesie Disney version, but something darker...
perhaps if it was handed over to Tim Burton, or something.
I LOVE THIS. :tighthug:
orlandosolomon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
great work
DavidCurser Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
he look very very cool, a bit evil though. xD
is he a cat-ape?
dudemon27 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Writer
I like its eyes and hands alott.
Its really awesome.
magicloop2009 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
wicked awesome
Overstone Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is Fantastic
johnlenon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
oh my god! I love your works!!!:D
Lavender-Reign Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
This is an amazing piece, love the expression.
shai-nefer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love all the ditails!!!!!!!!!
loess Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
fantastic color and composition.
Glass-no-E Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
your universe is so richful i just feel so pitiful looking at your work !!!!
TheBlackwood Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Call them what you will, but those free verse spats were beautiful, by cracky.
rissbutts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Student Digital Artist
I love this has so much life in it :0
cardowl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
That's so good!
Dracokiro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
WOW.... I love this one.

SO much life... SO much character...
I love it just love it!!! [link]
richardj Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
There's something quite disturbing about this pic but it's a lovely painting nonetheless!:)
Arzuza Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
hey what do you use for colors?'s great
Arzuza Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
Great gresat great great works....i love it!
AshtarDragonfire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good. Your artwork always seem to have a story behind them.
Herisheft Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ow! i don't know what that creature is but it looks like someting atake out of Dark Crystal ^^
HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
i have no meaning to share, but that is patently awesome and vaguely creepy.

also, your free verse reminds me of something you'd find on a Magic: The Gathering card. which is a compliment, in my book.
mixiechild Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
I'm in love with this for so many reasons.
Sola84 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
I absolutely love this piece, the colours really go well with each other and the creature does seem to have some magical element ot him. Pose is lovely <3
LostSiren Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006   Photographer
Heehee..gotta love that expression. lol
EveShifter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
awww... its a cute little fuzzball. Another awesome piece. I always enjoy your use of texture. ^__^
pinktiger Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006   Writer
Yep - I like this one lots! :D
lamusicalady Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
it is obviously the feared not-quite-so-cuddly-as-a-rabid-bear* fishing squirrel. Whilst photographic evidence of this squirrel is hard to find, slightly deranged painters of even slightlier deranged paintings have been the sole recipients of it's famed "whack you upside the head with the inspiration stick" attacks. any effort to deviate from said inspiration results in strange dreams of cheese and paintings that turn out as "cyoot" and "eek!" worthy as the stick itself, largely known to be the death of many a "glomping" fangirl**.

*rabid bears are, of course, insanley cute. maybe even "cyoot", though smoky's druggie lil bro smokay wouldn't agree.

**fanboys are usually killed by the aforementioned rabid bears, in an effort to capture them to win the affections of the glomping fangirls.
EyeDE Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
I love these, Great work! Very interesting, keep drawing you in to look deeper into them.

WimpleToad Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
I really like his sinister expression!

HobbsEnd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
You can give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. You can teach a man to fish he'll eat for alife time. If you can teach any other mammal, it'll bust out in free verse! Beautifulw ork as always!
WarpedOrbit Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
But...I love your doggerel. It's...almost as good as catterel. I think. Can't be sure, as cats keep their secrets, unlike dogs who babble them about in long chains of rambling verbiage. Woof! =P
skjon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
Avalik Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
Oooo I like this piece. The background is all... ancient looking and like, looks like it has tradition to it. The animal-thinger, whatever you want to call it, fits the background too.

It confuses me why you put the fish hanging on a thread of nothing though xD good nonetheless.
jerseybrat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
No ideas on meaning, but it's an amazing piece of art. :D
itsrainingumbrellas Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
great composition. it apparently also has the power to suspend fish mid air?
flinx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
its actually the EVOL stealer of fish souls...see, what whenever you get that odd random smell of olde fish driftin in the air...its the fishsoulstealer drifting past...
BAMillustration Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
Too much creep and truth combined, there. :heart:
sgoheen06 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually I love your little free verse there. I'm Christian, and I still love it! :P It's just so gosh darned true!!!
tsemalon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
that pose! :heart:
hagen-pachs Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
i like your style...
and i like the expression on its face... :+faV:
Pots-of-Joy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Just fabulous! And again I love the writing that goes with the picture - oh to have the talent to write words with art! I bow to you!

Pots of Joy
Sunny Cyprus
ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
really liked the the painting, the browns you've been using and the texture/patterns, his eyes are scary :D
vi2section Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
what a nasty looking fellow. i love him. the textures are wooonderful and i love how greasy the fur looks.
CraigInATin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
So good. One of my favourite so far.....

Keep up this kinda art I love it!
nishanoire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
I really like the poem. :giggle:
nFalPaz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
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