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The Tea Merchant by Red-Clover The Tea Merchant by Red-Clover
I've had a scribble of this character in my sketchbook for a long time and finally got around to painting him. Pretty sure I was looking at Bridge-Troll's book around that time, so many thanks to him for the inspiration. If you haven't seen his work, go check it out - it's amazing:

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This character is the Tea Merchant - he's a wanderer, kind of like a minstrel. Only instead of songs, he peddles tea. For a small fee, he'll pour you a cup of the blend of your choice.

I tried to paint a little quicker than usual on this one. Trying to keep the paint thinner all over, although this didn't work out too well on the bird character himself.

Watercolor sky, acrylic everything else on watercolor paper
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gibwalker Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Wow nice! Very clear characterisation. Love the pic
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DJFlat Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
An awesome pic and story behind the characters it.... time for me to put the kettle on
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Averant Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I very much enjoyed this. A wonderful story for a fascinating piece. +Fave.
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LordAzkera Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
An amazing piece of art and an amazing character you've made there too!
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myoo89 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! Its like childern's story book! I LOVE IT!!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful artwork
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DoctorLlama Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
I'm gonna be honest. I've created a roleplaying character inspired completely by this painting. Hope you don't mind.
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Red-Clover Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional
Ha ha - That's too cool! No, I don't mind. It's only when someone's making profit off it that it's a problem. Yeah, I guess he'd be a good character to have in your party... Thanks for telling me - I'm glad you like him that much! :XD:
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tehuti Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I would definitely buy tea from that venerable-looking fellow. :)
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nerys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
This is so unearthly. I adore it! :D
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