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August 30, 2007
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RatSong by zersen RatSong by zersen
illustration to Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
: ] third one! : ] my first series : D
other 2:
Tangaloor Firefoot on Sea
Creation of the sun

It is much paler in reality. Bright colors and strong contrast are what Photoshop magic do ; ]
Some more technicalities and my work in progress: [link]

I wish I had an English version of „Tailchaser's Song” to give you some quotations from the song/lyric I tried to illustrate. But I don’t have one + I don’t know if the author would approve so I recommend the book (which is for children of all ages ; ] and all cat lovers : ] )

This is what I’ve got for showing my illustration [link] < proud and happy>
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NervousTuna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Snagrat got no rat! After all these years, I still remember that line... at least, I hope that's the right line... Once again, what a lovely illustration! Bordering it with such flowers puts it into the atmosphere of 'folk tale', I think. Probably because of the brown vines and wild-looking flora. And way to go, instilling such attitude into a little rat, and such dismay into a cat!
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Here via the link from The Illustrated Word. This is marvelous!
Toadfoal Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Does the have an English translated version? It sounds really good, but I only speak English. X3
zersen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Artist
Tailchaser's song is written by American author and it is in English :XD:

the song itself goes like this(I know it thanks to :iconav-marten: kindnes):

Snagrat was a cat who liked his rats
An' he liked 'em sweet, an' he liked 'em fat
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, liked his rats.

Snagrat, ye know, would a-hunting go
In the summery sun and the winter snow
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, hunting go.

One day he spied by the riverside
A Squeaker plump, rat-mother's pride
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat he spied.

At the rat he jumped, with a leap and bump
To take the beast in its hiding clump
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leap and bump.

But beneath his claws no rat he saw
And he gaped a gape from dangling jaw
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, no rat saw

Then he heard a squeak, and a rat did speak
But he could not find it however did seek
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat did speak.

Said the voice: 'Dear cat, I'm the spirit-rat
And I will haunt you and hunt you flat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, haunt you flat.

Snagrat's head spun at the spirit's dun
And up he leaped and away he run
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leaped and run.

No more Snagrat is a mousing cat
Now he feeds on beetles and bark and sprat
And... here and there a low-flying bat
But he has no taste for a mouse or rat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack
Hey-crack, derry-crack, eats no rats!
Toadfoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Oh! In that case I think I shall find it much easier.
zersen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Artist
:D It's a wonderful book. You'll have grate time reading it :]
AlianLeLoss Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
I adore Tad's works))) I love this books. They are Great indeed
Cosmocrea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Well done :)
Mustesielu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Another gorgeous painting! You have truly stunning gallery ^^
zersen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you very much :bow: :D
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