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The Taxman by ursulav The Taxman by ursulav
So I went into my CPA t'other day to get my taxes done, and it was UGLY.

And by ugly I mean that despite quite a lot of prepayment, the taxman would like three thousand dollars.* Right now. Yes. (The government really does not like freelancers. The real horror? I prepaid a LOT quarterly to try to avoid this. Owie.)

So I limped back home, nursing my tender bits, and set forth to paint. He's a sort of steampunk version of the Plague Doctor woodcuts, and he has his pet ferret because I affectionately call my CPA my tax weasel.

So here's the deal. The Taxman is going to be a limited edition jumbo print, but I don't know how big an edition yet. S'up to you guys. For $25 plus shipping, you can order one now--send me a note right here on DA or e-mail me at ursulav (at) metalandmagic.com to order. I'll take orders right up until April 15th, and however many got ordered, that'll be the size of the edition, plus two (I'll keep the first and last for a pair of upcoming shows that need filling.) It may be an edition of two if nobody likes the piece, it may be an edition of fifty if a lot of people do--we'll find out! Come April 15th, the edition closes, I'll do the print run, sign and number them, and send 'em out, and that'll be the last they'll be available unless you A) hit one of those two shows or B) somebody decides to part with theirs.

The prints will be 13 x 19, signed and numbered. I'll take paypal, check or money order, and we'll see if I can't offset a little of the anguish from that tax bill, eh?





*And I didn't even get a courtesy reacharound...
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:iconjwa2277:
JWA2277 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me more about this charter! I have a Story about a faceless man, I call "The Taxman" ( I am making no clams or statement about your work) can we get together and compare notes?
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:iconbomberhead67:
Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
The Grim Reaper's side job.
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:icongokumartin:
GokuMartin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
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:iconspookykook:
SpookyKook Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Oh gods, anything even vaguely Plague Doctor related sets my heart aflutter. Gorgeous.
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:iconnicaris12:
Nicaris12 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
do you just like black plauge doctor's masks? you seem to use them a lot
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Discordanian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I got this limited edition recently framed and when I picked it up another customer was admiring it. He asked me for details on it and I gave them to him. I should take a picture of it because it looks GREAT.
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Turtlebeast Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Death and taxes all in one.
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:iconmisteralways:
MisterAlways Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
If you don't pay up, does he beat you with that stick?
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I wouldn't want to see him at my door one night.

"You're late on your mortgage..."
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:iconviciousbits:
ViciousBits Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
I think of the ferrets of Hell, as seen in Something Positive... :p
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:iconmisseuretoile:
MisseurEtoile Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Don't ask him what it's for ;).
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:iconbeatleboy62:
Beatleboy62 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
If you don't want to pay some more.
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:icontvissoc:
tvissoc Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I hung my copy up this year for motivation to get as "creative" as possible when I did my taxes this year.
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shadowfoxmalau Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
wow this is funny really Id created an avi in gaiaonline like a few days ago and this looks exactly as it XP i love this Taxs sucks XD
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:iconalgomprado:
algomprado Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! the taxman... I hate that bastard... hehehe
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:iconcolin-b:
Colin-B Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Looks great! Scary taxes...
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:iconliquidnerve:
LiquidNerve Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
I feel your pain. excellent piece!
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:icongerganaaa:
gerganaaa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
uhh isn't this a venice doctor in the renaisance?it's amazing:)
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dudemon27 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Writer
This is so kick ass.
I like his mask and goggles. Or what ever those things are.
:)
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ShallowBlue Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Love it! :D
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Keshir Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
'tis amazing =) I like the rounded shape to the characters and their contrast to the sharp, jagged angles of the background. The visible brushstrokes in the hilights are a nice touch ;)
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:iconoyog:
oyog Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe...

Ferret.
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Jachra Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
I was about to say, he does look a lot like a Black Plague physician.
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:iconombrenuit:
Ombrenuit Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
I love the ferret glasses... :+fav:
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:iconlyanyne:
lyanyne Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
An extraordinanry piece-- great and very original execution, humor, and macabre pain. :headache: I hope that the print sales went well for you! :fingerscrossed:
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Brandonisrad Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Wow I love this!

The story behind it makes it even better haha Great work! :D
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:iconvampireprodigy:
VampireProdigy Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
I thought Dark Crystal when I first saw it. O.o
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Do I detect the glow of hell-fire flames in the background...?
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:iconkaoine:
Kaoine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Love the ferret... of course a dude bent on collecting as much as possible would have a ferret to find all the spare change under your couch and desk.
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Ekonk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh snap! Plague doctor! Sort of. :D

I love the coloring and the idea. And the fact that the furret has got goggles too.
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chrismakesmusic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
should five percent appear to small, be thankful i don't take it all!
if you drive a car i'll tax the street
if you try to sit, sit i'll tax your seat
if you get too cold, cold i'll tax the heat
if you take a walk, walk i'll tax your feet.
Love the painting. It's really creepy but fitting. I love the background fire's texture that you used. Keep up the good work.
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Natural20 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh goodness! A plague doctor! I must send this to my friend... she went as one for Halloween.
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Aregulardude Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
huh, it reminds me of the masks doctors wore in Europe while the Black Plauge was going around...
Taxes symbolize death, i guess?
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OneWeeb Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Arg! One day too late! Oh well. I LOVE it. I hope you sold lots. My sister is a freelance graphic designer and she has the same issues. Why does the gov't hate artists?!
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:iconmacdoninri:
MacDoninri Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
cool design
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philho Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive taxman, and indeed I immediately thought of pest doctors...
The weasel reminds me of dæmons (I just started to read P. Pullman's trilogy)...
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, looks like a plague doctor!
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animorph4ever Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008   Photographer
i love this! the ferret is so cute and the picture overall is very dramatic.
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:iconmeredithdillman:
MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I must have missed this. The government really does hate us.
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:iconzalmaki:
Zalmaki Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
That's... disturbing. Somehow more disturbing than I'd have expected. Even the ferret with goggles makes me shiver.

I love it!
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:iconfinalgamer:
FinalGamer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Interesting.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks awesome! very nice 8D
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:iconliolli:
liolli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
evil taxmen.......
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:iconmygreymatter:
mygreymatter Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
It sucks that people who try to live out their ingenuity are penalized.

This is fantastic.
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:iconsahasa:
Sahasa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
he scares me! hehe just kidding, great work!!
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
From "Revised Poetry for Modern times" by me:

Ring around (your) rosy (Slapped cheek)
Pocket full of (posing buracrats)
(Asses)
(Asses)
(May) they all fall down!

The following helps find ways to spit in their eye:
[link]
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:iconliolli:
liolli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
*standing ovation*
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:icontransmissio:
transmissio Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Wow. Now, I like this! It's sort-of Gilliam-esque, what with the gears and the paperwork.. Just to my taste. :D
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lateralsnowflake Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Re: Reacharound.

I know -- least he could've done is buy you a drink first, amirite?
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JessiLoo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant :D
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