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Watch Tuber by ursulav Watch Tuber by ursulav
While the house tubers that provide many of the dwellings in this part of the world are relatively straightforward to grow and excavate, the tall watch-tower tubers are much more troublesome to grow. Granted any good patch of dirt and an uninterrupted decade, a house tuber is reasonably easy to cultivate (although the huge mansion tubers are notoriously difficult, and the secret of their vast size jealously guarded by the growers.) Watch tubers, however, require both a special variant of the house tuber strain, and very particular soil, dry on top, but with access to deep groundwater. The plant will send down long taproots until it reaches the groundwater, then bulging into the familiar shape deep in the earth. Excavation is exceedingly difficult because of this depth, particularly since great care must be taken not to damage the taproots, which, once cured and dried, form the tough base of the tower. The enormous outlay of manpower to uproot the tuber leads to the equally enormous pricetags.

Once uprooted, the interior is hollowed out by skilled artisans, windows, floors, and fixtures placed, all of which must be done upside down. The finished tuber is taken to the final location and flipped up on its stem, then anchored into place. While they appear to defy gravity, the immense taproots are as strong as steel, but flexible enough to withstand powerful storms, and the tough rind of the tuber holds against wind, weather, fire, and lots of angry people with arrows. The large wing-like wooden fans serve as semaphores, transmitting simple messages, whether an "all clear!" or "invasion incoming!" While watch tuber duty is often boring or lonely, it's no physical hardship, as the interiors are warm, well-fitted, and surprisingly light and air for what is, in essence, a giant vertical potato.
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I have been obsessed with buildings made out of tubers lately. What can I say? And in my efforts to overcome my loathing of the airbrush, I may have gone a little overboard on the pastels. Okay, a lot overboard. Okay, I feel unclean! But the cheesy fantasy misty mountains and this monsterous rough lumpy thing seemed to go well together, anyway.

Digital, painter 7, intuos tablet. Two sizes of prints available, for $10 and $20 plus shipping, drop a note or visit [link] for details!
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:iconglaucusatlanticus:
GlaucusAtlanticus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
I have a bizarre and irrational temptation to try to paint the interior of this thing.
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:iconmacmortigan:
macmortigan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011   General Artist
very good!
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:iconjourney-fox:
Journey-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so, how are you holding up? BECAUSE IM A WATCH TOWER.
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:iconramsyne:
Ramsyne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
When I see the expression in your art, I also see a hint of my favorite artist Salvador Dali. You are an amazing artist. Keep up the good work. You're a great inspiration.
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:icongarnethriparian:
GarnethRiparian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
I wanna live in a giant vertical potato!
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:icondreamseeker82:
dreamseeker82 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to love there...
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:iconwooskadoo:
WooSkadoo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Reminds me of the Baba Jaga fairy tale :V
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:icongamehengraphics:
gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool.
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:iconminortechnicality:
MinorTechnicality Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Though I'm not sure I'd be too fond of the trip up to the door. :fear:
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:iconanimefreak120:
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Sweet.

I kinda want to live in one. xD
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:icongirlsmiled:
girlsmiled Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008   Photographer
i love your work.its hard not to favorite everything in your gallery!
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:iconkallus:
Kallus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Brilliant, this is magic :D
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:iconfireinhole8:
fireinhole8 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008   Photographer
ooooooh that's nifty! i want one, heh
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:iconchajiko:
Chajiko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The whimsey quite overwhelms me. How astonishingly charming!
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:iconcamartin:
CAMartin Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
fabulous! the color, the concept... I love this.
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:iconchuckwhelon:
ChuckWhelon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
I want to live in a vegetable!
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:icontouch-not-this-cat:
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
This could trancend fantasy; it reminds me of bio-teck concepts in certain
sci-fi Stories I have read.
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:iconcardowl:
cardowl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
Weird and wonderful!
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:iconnarodrith:
Narodrith Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006
What a crazy thing, :)

It's time for me to get inspired... See you!
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:iconoverstone:
Overstone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
this illustration is amazing .... great concept and colouring :clap:
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:iconc7ris:
C7riS Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
Very nice.. I feel that the hut itself (the walls) might lack some contrast.. but other than that pretty sweet, good job!
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:iconsjf9687:
sjf9687 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
I love this!
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:iconbuildingclimber:
buildingclimber Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
the gradations of tones , the atmospheric qualities and the quiet whimsy , taken together they provide a delghtful repast ..cudos :+fav: ::salute:
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:iconlimegreensquid:
LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if tubers are an established thing, or if they are just something you invented, either way, i love this image.
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:iconpinktiger:
pinktiger Featured By Owner May 1, 2006   Writer
Jeez, excellant digitizing - great work! :D
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:iconrealityendshere:
Realityendshere Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
It's so COOL! I can't help it! :laughing: :airborne:
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:icondensity-tmr:
density-tmr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
WEll painted and well designed too.
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:iconvipanchi:
VIPANCHI Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006
:star:
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:iconrelativelybest:
RelativelyBest Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006
Let me get this straight: they live in giant potatoes?
That's brilliant! :o
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:iconjc2thew:
Jc2theW Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Uhhh I love it I love it!! Question. Is there room for one more? :heart:
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:iconexplodystuff:
ExplodyStuff Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it! I like it a lot. It gets five borg :altermind: :altermind: :altermind: :altermind: :altermind:
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:icondigitalwiz:
digitalwiz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
So cool I wish I had such imagination
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:iconarwenita:
arwenita Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
this is just awesome... i love the dept of the work... and the palette is beautiful
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:iconsupergirlanna:
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
your concepts are always sooo imaginative!
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:iconstrider57:
Strider57 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
Anyone who can come up with that bizarre of an idea (not the mention the pear-angel) is bloody brilliant! I love it! :D
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:iconh4ppygirl:
h4ppygirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
lovely picture and lovely story! i want to live in a tuber like that now... :-P
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:iconazathoth-the-second:
azathoth-the-second Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
All-seeing or all-seen?
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:iconbeccca:
beccca Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
Wow amazing! Fantastic choice of colors!! You are so talented :clap:
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:iconnwjones:
nwjones Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
Love your work!
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:iconflyingpenguin:
flyingpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
Direct relation to Howl's Moving Castle somehow. I love this, especially the boney support. Yesss.
Curtiss
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:iconnazmeischter:
nazmeischter Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005
thats so weirdly pretty, only the lumpy parts are slightly off-putting, the rest is great. lov the laight and spacious feel of it, that potato looks cozy lol
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:iconmoonfaling:
Moonfaling Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005   Photographer
truly fantastic
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:iconlucanis:
Lucanis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005
brillaint well done!
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:icondjmikulec:
djMikulec Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2005
Nice job!

:thumbsup:

:+fav:

I got an organic housing bug last year and this was my feeble first attempt: [link]

I'd like to try something along the lines of Watch Tuber tho ... I think it would look fantastic rendered in 3D.
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:iconartdragon:
ArtDragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005  Student
I am stunned by the concept and quality of this.
What more can I say...? Hail to the gigantics potatoes!
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:iconline-of-birds:
Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love watching you!!!
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:iconlostsiren:
LostSiren Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005   Photographer
Way cool..I want to live there... :) +Fav
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:iconangelstar:
angelstar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
When I first saw this my eyes nearly bulged outta my head!
I like it! :D
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:iconleaubellon:
Leaubellon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
*must love this*
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:iconpiercedspirit:
piercedspirit Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
:clap:
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