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At last, the lemonlopes!


This one is smaller than the previous two--the composition didn't want to go long or tall. But that's okay. I'm hoping to do more, of course--if nothing else, the first two sold so fast!--'cos they're just...cool, damnit. And I have no shortage of ideas. I mean, once you get into the mode where you start combining the animal and vegetable kingdoms, it's hard to shut off. You wake in the night, brain afire with hippotatos and burrowing carrots.

Okay, maybe that's just me.

But nevertheless, I shouldn't force 'em, and I've got the hooded donkey's next adventure in the works to keep me occupied for now, so we'll see what happens next.

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Brilliant as usual :D

So far I like the Bighorn Pears best. They are so nicely utterly green and stand out from the image most.

It occurs to me that there is a traditional animal/plant: the Barometz, which is a sheep-bush. But I guess that doesn't count, as its plant part isn't a piece of a plant that's commonly cut off from the rest and processed for human consumption (like the fruit of the lemon, the tuber of the potato, the taproot of the carrot etc.)

Have you read Inventorum Natura, by Una Woodruff? Purporting to be a translation of a voyage of discovery by Pliny, it's got all kinds of xenobiological fantasy paintings, including several plant/animal crosses (e.g. a flamingo that grows out of an iris that hatches from an egg...)

Do you have republishing rights on pieces you've sold? I want an Ursula Vernon Horned Fruit calendar next year.

Oh, yeah, absolutely. I sell the piece, not the rights.

Now you've got MY brain doing it.

...the burrowing carrots like like Naked Mole Rats, only pointy. And bright orange.

Re: Now you've got MY brain doing it.

I was seeing one emerging, like a mole snout, from the surface. And if the carrot sees its shadow, six more weeks of winter!

Re: Now you've got MY brain doing it.

i had an image of the carrot running the other way. as the farmer bends down to pull up the ripe carrot, he just misses the carrots ferny green tail as it burrows deeper in the soft loam.

I'm trying to imagine the lifestyle of lettuce.

So, my darling daughter wandered through my office as I was sitting here, giggling in admiration. She cast a seriously hairy eyeball at the lemonlopes - so, of course, I *had* to show her the mammoth garlic and explain what was going on. She, barely half-awake and with a couple of apple martinis still percolating their way through her blood stream from last night/this morning, thought for a second and came to her conclusion, "They're fruitimals."

Having made her pronouncement, she began to wander off...then paused in the doorway, "...or, animuit."

And, just now, as I write this, a little, vaguely bloodshot eyeball poked around the edge of the doorway and added, "Of course, the really young ones would be frootimals. You know," "like Fraggle Rock?"

Okay. My head is suitably bent. Her job is done here now. You, however, have *LOTS* more to do. :)

BTW, put me on the list for the the '05 calendar (I'm thinking, with all the ideas flying around, you could sustain this for several years, at least!) VVVEG


Picture of lemonlope with caption: DOMINANT FRUIT

--Mocha Moka-Maker

If you squeazed him and added sugar you'd have lemonpede.

Other Fruit Animals!

Pineapple + Armadillo = Pinadillo!
Black Cherry + Rat = Cherat!
Lychee + Porcupine = Lycupine!
Date + Naked Molerat = ... I dunno, but they resemble eachother. (the wrinkly skin of a prepared date would make a great naked molerat merge!)
Pomegranate + Rabbit = Pomebbit

If you're only doing herbivorious fruit creatures (which makes sense because fruits are, well, fruit.) Then the Banana Crocodile (Nannerdile?) and Avacado Bear (Avar?) wouldn't work very well.

And of course a starfish starfruit would be too easy...

Re: Other Fruit Animals!


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