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The Wolf Ate Them by ursulav The Wolf Ate Them by ursulav
I don't usually blame my scanner, since there's a lot I can do with Photoshop, but in this case...yeah, blame the scanner. The dark blot in the middle is not nearly so pronounced in real life, since there's a very shiny glaze and some metallic inks rubbed over it, none of which came through on the scanner, but which break up the darks a lot more on the actual physical piece. (In fact, there's a neat effect where the edges of the transparent glaze break glittery green in the right light.) So the composition isn't quite so...borked...in reality.

Feh, sez I.

The text was what was written next to the sketch of the bunny in my sketchbook...I am fairly skeptical of emo epigraphs on paintings, but there was a sense of quiet betrayal to the sketch that worked for me.

Anyway, 6 x 8, ready to hang, original is for sale, don't know if prints of this are a worthwhile endeavor.

ETA: I should clearly just stop trying to judge my own work!
Prints available: [link]
and by request, the original is now up on E-bay at : [link]
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:iconganalef:
Ganalef Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
While I agree with you on epigraphs, the implied story intrigues me.

The other "There are no wolves here" piece was also very nice, though in that case I didn't get as much story from the words.
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:iconrg116:
rg116 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Artist
I just love the background in this piece.
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:icongroenew:
Groenew Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the way you use text - you make me want to give it all up:P
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:iconladyofpearls:
LadyOfPearls Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with all the different greens you used and I think it's neat the way the rabbit seems to almost be looking at the text.
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
What do the words say? The most I can make out are "You, the wolf ate them." Those other words are either gibberish or something else that I can't make out.
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:iconwhispersxdreaming:
WhispersxDreaming Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
It says 'You said the wolf ate them'.
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:iconhaveyougotitinyou:
HaveYouGotItInYou Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
This is awesome. :D
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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I love the bunny!
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:iconaverrose:
averrose Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
that "sense of quiet betrayal" is in the bunny's posture n the colors, so the text woks really well with the empty-ish (?) canvas :)
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:icontwilight-princess133:
bunnyyyyy
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:iconcricket00fur:
cricket00fur Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love you colour choices!
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:iconcarles:
Carles Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
As far as textured or shiny pieces go, I usually rely on a kind of double scan to pull things out. Generally the colored or painted parts require a diffuse frontal lighting to come out well (like from a scanner), while the shiny and textured parts are better highlighted by a localized side-light. So I generally double the scan with a side-lighted photograph, and merge the two images on Photoshop wherever needed. It sure is a lot of work, but generally it works.
Very nice piece here, though, with or without the shiny part.
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:icondeceptaconnotation:
Deceptaconnotation Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
The texture in this is awesome.
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:iconmsdrjeangrey:
MsDrJeanGrey Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
I can't explain to you how much I love this piece! An illustration with sophistication, playfulness and heebie jeebies... <3's it...
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:iconanimefreak120:
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I really like this one.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful concept!
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:icontomitapio:
TomiTapio Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite the scanner being an asshole, this is still adorable and fantastic and awesome. :D <3
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:iconperceived-nobility:
perceived-nobility Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist
I love the textures in these pieces! And the bunnies are so cute. :)
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:iconjustria:
Justria Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The "sense of quiet betrayal" you mentioned is probably what keeps haunting me and forcing me to come back and look at this pic to see what's doing it. As you said, the composition is a little "borked" due to scanning issues, but the little chill I get in my stomach when I look at this is still sufficient to render it a +fave.
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:iconw-p:
w-p Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
rabbit in a maze...:)
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:icondkaa:
dkaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I'm not sure how you could fit "emo" in with the sketch of a bunny... This is too cute! And the words really make you wonder what's going on.

Good work. :)
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:iconaphrael:
aphrael Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
this bunny is wonderful, and I hate scanners >.<
I feel your pain!
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:icond-tavares:
D-Tavares Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I love it! :]
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Shikamarvin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Actually, the dark spot is shaped a bit like a wolf – with the little curlique above the rabbit's head as his nose and the text sort of outlining his chest (or maybe that's just my imagination).

In any case, this is gorgeously unsettling. :)
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:iconakado89:
Akado89 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors you used.
Haha, poor rabbit.
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:iconemmaleedyer:
emmaleedyer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student
these are BEAUTIFUL
don't ever stop
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:iconzoesotet:
ZoeSotet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
I love your textured works. (well all your works really, but I have a special interest in textured works since that's how I work too)
I'll have to try that piping bag trick.

I find it hard to understand how someone can have a fear of rabbits... :wow:
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michelle-ribar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I have an unexplainable fear of rabbits, but I do enjoy this piece.

Not because of the rabbit, but more because of the color and texture of the background. I'm sure the original is stunning, since you seem to think the scanner ate the color on this.

Again, rabbits terrify me. I'm upset that a slew of your recent pieces have been rabbits. lol
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ShadowolfxX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Could you maybe take a photo of it? I had that problem with a few wax pieces that I did. But dark blotch aside, I really think it came out well :)
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BeatingDeadHeroes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I am glad to know that I am not the only one that uses the word "borked." That bunny is colored lovelylike and he sounds absolutely betrayed.
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chichirii Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I understand why you would be jugemental about your work. It must be a bummer working so hard on a piece and once your happy with it, it doesnt comme out the same way. But that being said I still find it very pretty.
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:iconthecheshirekat:
TheCheshireKat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
'tis awesome like this; i can only imagine how awesome it is irl.
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:iconawrah:
awrah Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
There is something terribly expressive and untrustworthy about rabbits. Something about them seems so insincere. They can also seem so forlorn; I think it's the big eyes and the long ears. Or just me projecting my feelings about a short life spent in near constant terror.

I'm sure you have but have you heard the song, "Run Rabbit, Run" by the Hoosiers? This piece has a similar tone to it. I like the simplistic realism you have going here.
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stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I don't know what it is about this one, but the longer I stare at it, the deeper it worms its way into my psyche.
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:iconfoxfeline:
FoxFeline Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
The mood is conveyed very well. Well done!
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:iconflukeoffate:
FlukeOfFate Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the dark spot.
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:iconskapprentice:
SkApprentice Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
awwww i love this.
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:iconfandragon:
Fandragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Love it! It reminds me of "Watership Down", and not just because it involves a rabbit. Something about the dark texture and the unexplained message makes me think of the creepy stories the rabbits would tell each other in the book.
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KarmaAdjuster Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
I was going to say the same thing. I think it also shares a sort of tribal quality to it similar to the depiction of the rabbit history in the movie.
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:iconkarmaadjuster:
KarmaAdjuster Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
here's one of the clips I was reminded of

[link]
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:iconchocolatebunnyears:
chocolatebunnyears Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
the bunny drew me in, but it's the texture that I really like.
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:iconvanshira:
Vanshira Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If the wolf didn't eat them, what really happened to them, or do we not want to know?
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:iconnaught101:
naught101 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I think this would work better if the eye was a bit more angry... At the moment, it looks a little too blank for quiet betrayal.

Pity about the scanner, but think it works quite well anyway, the white on the dark patch draws the eye.

You could try taking a photo?
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eefilness Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Woah! Great stuff.. I really like it! :)
Curious how it looks in real life - making me curious here!
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:iconnitewolfangel:
NiteWolfAngel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I really like how textural it appears even through the scan!
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:iconcallmebutterfingers:
callmebutterfingers Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
This is an epic win of a work.
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:iconsaniika:
saniika Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
This spoke to me after a long while - I like the textures and mixing of colors. The rabbit looks very fragile and tiny in comparison to the BG and it adds pretty much to the text inside the painting.
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imafrakkincylon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I swear you are the texture queen, whether in traditional works or photoshop.

I, too, am interested in the original if it hasn't already been snatched up, but if you could get it to cooperate, a print would do.
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GossamerDarkness Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I would say that this is, indeed, a good feel for an emo caption. I wish the iridescence would cooperate!
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