Past The Town Of Strange

An archive of Ursulav arts, quotes, fan flailings, and other things she may leave lying about.
Warning: Contains Wombats



March 18th — Feast Day of St. Egg, who preached among the weasels.I love saint icons. They fall somewhere between da Vinci and velvet Elvises, and there’s usually no way to predict where. They are glorious, or gloriously tacky, or both. My Catholicism would be hard pressed to get any further lapsed—I suppose I haven’t been excommunicated yet, but not for lack of trying—and yet I am still amused and bemused by the saints, by turns. They’re one of the great redeeming qualities of the religion. There is a humanity to them. The saints have been there. They understand what it’s like. There is a closeness and sympathy to saints largely lacking in the vague omnipotence of gods. I admire that. - Ursula Vernon


A friend thought they were demonic—horns and hooves and all—but I was quite convinced they were trolls. They just look goat-like. Trolls have a longstanding animosity for goats—“Who’s that trip-trapping across my bridge!?”—and this led me to think that perhaps trolls are related to goats, since it seems a lot more plausible to me that your relatives would make you insane than some random hooved mammal, however ecologically destructive it might be. What if trolls evolved from goats? Or—no—better yet—what if goats evolved from trolls? Or were domesticated from trolls by human shepherds? And the trolls despise their domesticated cousins as a disgrace to the once-proud troll race, (much as I assume wolves would despise Chihuahuas if they ever gave them much thought) and eat them at every opportunity.When they’re not drinking martinis, of course. - Ursula Vernon

A pen and ink piece of the Little Creature (whose stories can be read at [link] ) I got an Edward Gorey collection for Christmas, and it shows. - Ursula Vernon

A pen and ink piece of the Little Creature (whose stories can be read at [link] ) 

I got an Edward Gorey collection for Christmas, and it shows. - Ursula Vernon

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Another day, another ACEO…this one used the teacup from “A Wizard of Tea,” since I had a misprint laying around the studio, and decided to cut it up and play around with it. The background was torn paper towels painted random colors and rubbed with metallic fabric paint, then collaged all together.There’s a sort of 3-d effect with the teacup, because it was cut out of illustration board backing (and believe me, that was a stone bitch to do…the X-acto knife and I had words…)ACEOs are “Artist Card Edition & Originals” and are a vast array of styles, medium, etc—but they’re all 2.5 x 3.5 which is a charmingly wee little size to work.  - Ursula Vernon

Another day, another ACEO…this one used the teacup from “A Wizard of Tea,” since I had a misprint laying around the studio, and decided to cut it up and play around with it. The background was torn paper towels painted random colors and rubbed with metallic fabric paint, then collaged all together.

There’s a sort of 3-d effect with the teacup, because it was cut out of illustration board backing (and believe me, that was a stone bitch to do…the X-acto knife and I had words…)

ACEOs are “Artist Card Edition & Originals” and are a vast array of styles, medium, etc—but they’re all 2.5 x 3.5 which is a charmingly wee little size to work.  - Ursula Vernon

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Why do I do things in blue? Why? I know my scanner can’t handle it, and I go…and…do…it…anyway.With silver leaf, just to really twist the reproduction knife. I feel like I should bring in an expert witness to say “No, really, it does look better in person.” - Ursula Vernon


The very first Red Wombat logo. Possibly the only logo I’ve ever done that I really LIKE. - Ursula Vernon

And then Bossy realized that something wasn’t quite right. - Ursula Vernon

I haven’t got a clue what it is, but I think it’s actually what I was trying to do. And I kind of want to do more of them. (My attempt to describe it to a friend of mine came out as “It’s a kind of…jackalope fetus saint thing with baby hands.” She looked at me for a minute and then said “Well, you’re not boring.”) The plant in its hand is a native of my area, Carolina lupine, also known as “Aaron’s Rod.” This fact has no bearing or significance on anything. - Ursula Vernon

Inevitably, the pink lizard had to meet the dodo-fish. Will they discover common ground, or will the next scene be a battle to the pastel death? Can the lizard learn to snorkel? Is the dodo-fish evolved enough to glomph on land? Can pink and blue ever cross that vast divide and meet as friends?Tune in next time for Ursula’s “Weird Watercolor Theatre”…. - Ursula Vernon

The white-headed buffalo weaver frog, perching on dendrobium orchids. - Ursula Vernon


You can keep your wolves and eagles and all those Charismatic Vertebrate totems—Slug is MY co-pilot! - Ursula Vernon