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Ursula Vernon

"Lit by Fireflies" by Ursula Vernon

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The idea for this painting hit me last year, when I was driving across the Great Plains at twilight, watching the fireflies turn on and off in the verge. The figure underwent a dozen incarnations--woman, bear, buffalo, coyote, all Significantly Archetypal, but none of which really worked visually. Much to my dismay, the gryphon DID work. The horror. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against gryphons per se, even if their recent Lackey-fueled popularity explosion has made them almost as hackneyed a subject matter as unicorns and dragons, which obviously I will paint with blithe abandon. No, my problem is that gryphons are a threshold creature. People start with a gryphon, and the next thing you know, they've got a were-unileotigradracoplatylycahippocaprigry-fox, as if, unable to bear that someone else's Frankensteinan chimera may have more Charismatic Mammal parts, they have sent Igor to the zoo with a bonesaw and a tube of superglue. I always wonder how these people feel about genetically modified food. 'My tomato has ragweed DNA to prevent aphids. Your character has six seperate genuses and turns two others if you add water or the full moon.' (I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get reamed for this.) Despite all that, I enjoyed painting the gryphon, even if I did wander around the house going 'Bird lips! Bird lips!' Anyway. I do like the fireflies, and now that it's done, if I ever manage to make the buffalo work visually, I can always come back in a month or a year and insert her...


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11 Nov 2008:-) Ria Susan Witteman
i like how he is softly cradling the fireflies. i love the softness of the lines. what program did you use to draw it? is it hard to use?
21 Nov 200845 Arya Rowandale
i kinda dont like it...
26 Jan 200945 Exian
a very, very beautiful picture, very calm and peaceful, the expression and the pricked ears lends one to believe the patient meditation has begun to bestow its reward upon the Chimera.
17 Feb 200945 Dragon Master Howl
i love it. plain and simple
21 Mar 2009:-) Lucy G Bert
The background is very lovely, I like how the fireflies trail back into the woods, but I think that a buffalo or coyote would work best for this. Don’t get me wrong, other commenters, I like gryphons, but this sort *Points to picture* is insanely overdone. The short stubby beak, the fluff, big puppy eyes, tubby body, humanoid expression- I’m sorry, but I don’t like it. If you want to do a gryphon, I think you should make it as tough and fierce as possible, not coat it in downy feathers. Also, it isn’t actually that original if you pick a random bird and a random mammal and glue them together. You need to mix ’em up and make your own beast. And, everyone else, for goodness sakes DON’T make your creature an ultra were-cyber-emo-mix of a billion different animals-thing. Ms. Vernon has an excellent point.

29 May 200945 Mello
i love it is is so cuuute
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5 Oct 201045 Anon.
Nice art, but I’ll propose another theory for the existence of gryphons: they’re modern dragons, in the same way that birds are modern dinosaurs (I’m actually writing a story that’s going to include this premise).
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i adore it will be is really cuuute.
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'Lit by Fireflies':
 • Created by: :-) Ursula Vernon
 • Copyright: ©Ursula Vernon. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Firefly, Griffin, Gryphon, Landscape
 • Categories: Anthropomorphic (Furries), Landscape, Nature, Panoramic, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Computer Program
 • Views: 16144
 • Resolution: 600x470

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