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The Stag at the Pool by bumble-boo The Stag at the Pool by bumble-boo
More from the Aesop's Fables series. :) Watercolour and gouache.


"A Stag overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size and variety of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such slender and weak feet. While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion appeared at the pool and crouched to spring upon him. The Stag immediately took to flight, and exerting his utmost speed, as long as the plain was smooth and open kept himself easily at a safe distance from the Lion. But entering a wood he became entangled by his horns, and the Lion quickly came up to him and caught him. When too late, he thus reproached himself: "Woe is me! How I have deceived myself! These feet which would have saved me I despised, and I gloried in these antlers which have proved my destruction."

What is most truly valuable is often underrated."

-Aesop
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p-o-c-k-e-t Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so beautiful ; o ;
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you! :)
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teacup-elbows Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hadn't heard that fable before; I like your interpretation of it. I like your style, it's quite distinct. The color scheme is simple yet bold.
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you very much! :) I really like this fable, I hadn't heard of it before either, though! :)
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
really love the circular motion in this, as well as the little details of the fur :giggle:
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Ooh I know this story! Beautifully illustrated :)
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist
<3
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Petite-Soleil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
cool! and a super good message to boot. have you ever read Stardust by Neil Gaiman? its go this particular rhyme in it about a unicorn and a lion fighting over a crown (or something). just that might be cool to see
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