Artist profile: Ursula Vernon – Anthro

Every month, I profile an artist that inspires my own art, in several segments.

“Once you put clothes on it, it becomes an anthropomorphic animal. Or something like that.”

Today I present the Anthro category from Ursula Vernon’s Red Wombat Studio. Of course, Oddities shows off her quirkiness the best, but her anthropomorphic subjects are also excellent examples of Ms. Vernon’s creativity and especially her way of conveying character.

The battle hamster intrepidly wades through the swamp in search of glory.
“Blud Blugsson was willing to admit that he was a little off course.”

Battle Hamster Goes South
What’s so great about this image is that the background is realistic (and very nice), while the subject is portrayed in a human-like manner (or shall I say, a Viking-like manner.) Also, there is the little pink lizard in the bottom-right corner.

Sphinx – seems legit.

This one is a bit of a departure from Ms. Vernon’s usual style – far more feathery and sketchy. But it intrigues me. It’s different from most interpretations of the sphinx I’ve seen (lady head and lady chest, lion body, wings), mostly in the treatment of the face, which is simply a humanized feline face. It – I guess I should be saying She – ends up not looking very much like a lion, though. There are some spots, and the coloring is quite un-lion-like.

Hedgehog looking out at the asparagus forest
“He was indeed alone, and among the asparagus.”

The Asparagus Forest
This little guy is characteristic of Ursula Vernon’s cute-anthro style – especially the shiny black eyes. Check out the atmospheric perspective going on – that must be a vast forest.

St. Egg, reclining in blessedness
One step closer to worshiping eggs…

St. Egg
I love eggs. I love Byzantine-style icons. When the two are put together… KA-BOOM. The textures and colors are awesome, too, and of course the regal purple cloth makes it perfect. St. Egg is only one of many fantastic Lesser-Known Saints.

Stay tuned for next week’s post about the Bestiary!

Other parts in the Ursula Vernon artist profile series



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