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Art Print

Will Santino (willsantino)

The Impossible Specimen

by Will Santino

Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.


"The Impossible Specimen is an Ocular Inebriate. It radiates a stupendous Pestilence that, when seen by Ratt or Catt or Man or Grasshopper, infects the Host with a Disease of Absurdity; symptoms include crying and laughing and asking questions to mirrors, sudden song and revelations, synaesthesia, oscillopsia, the belief that Church Bells have Conversations, Etc., Etc. Thus, it is impossible for the Impossible Specimen to be fully seen. In its short residence (1661-1666) beneathe the City of London, five Natural Philosophers, on commission from the Royal Society, attempted to depict the Impossible Specimen. None finished; three died. The image before you was drawn by August Bellweather, the Earl of Umpteenth. It took four days. Before he died, Bellweather recited his memories backwards, painted himself blue, bowed before the Great Glass Tank, painted himself red, danced a tragic Mazurka and produced at odd intervals a kind of Catamount's wail. He died a sweaty purple. Blindfolded Gonfaloniers, whispering platitudes, carried him away and removed the Canvass to Trinity College, where Maximilian Van Duult and Robert Hooke and the Reverend Wilkins studied the picture and, in order to mourn another dead Artist, ate dandelions soaked in Blessed Wine for by now, as you too may be, Everyone was Infected with the Wonderful Plague."
- Rozologue Bagumphious IIV, Head Toad of the Great Black Swamp, translated by Sir Oooleyipsire, premier Translator of the Toads.

Jeannette Stutzman commented on December 19, 2011 9:08pm
Oh, I love this!!! Beautiful job!
Will Santino commented on December 24, 2011 7:38am
Thanks for the love everyone, this piece has somehow gotten so popular! :)
Hugo Barros commented on January 13, 2012 6:10pm
Will Santino commented on January 19, 2012 6:08am
Thanks Hugo!
Marianne LoMonaco commented on February 5, 2012 10:46am
Gorgeous! You are so talented, Will.
Susan Weller commented on February 5, 2012 1:50pm
Will Santino commented on February 5, 2012 2:57pm
Thank you very much Marianne!
Thanks, Susan!
David Somers commented on February 8, 2012 3:45pm
GENO75 commented on February 8, 2012 5:00pm
Lynsie Petig commented on February 9, 2012 11:53am
Great! Love all the colors!
Will Santino commented on February 9, 2012 5:24pm
Thanks alot David, Geno75, & Lynsie, i really appreciate it!
HAD Design commented on February 16, 2012 1:41pm
wow I love it ♥♥♥
Will Santino commented on February 16, 2012 3:56pm
Thanks alot Hanne!
Lisa Argyropoulos commented on February 25, 2012 4:09pm
Fantastic work!
Will Santino commented on February 29, 2012 4:36am
Thanks Lisa!
Balazs Pakozdi commented on March 5, 2012 4:41am
Wow, looks amazing! Excellent details, great colours, creative forms and shapes. Love it!
DesignLawrence commented on March 6, 2012 7:56am
Will Santino commented on March 9, 2012 4:12pm
Thanks alot for your thoughtful comment Balazs! Thanks for the enthusiasm DesignLawrence!
costacoast commented on March 15, 2012 9:01pm
Just ordered the canvas print of it and am loving the way it looks in person even more than I did on the site. Awesome work Will, and its even cooler that you read/respond to all the stuff people contribute on here!
Will Santino commented on March 16, 2012 4:46am
Thanks Costacoast! I'm honored that you purchased a canvas print & overjoyed that you love it. Spread the wonderful plague, my friend!
Clare Corfield Carr commented on April 13, 2012 5:07am
brilliant work!! :-D x
Will Santino commented on April 24, 2012 4:23am
Thanks alot Clare :)
Lydia Coventry commented on May 7, 2012 2:15pm
Amaaaaaaazing :)
Will Santino commented on May 7, 2012 5:01pm
Thanks Lydia!!
Sofia collage commented on May 14, 2012 10:18am
Fantastic work Will!
I am mof commented on May 28, 2012 3:29pm
Just brilliant!
Will Santino commented on June 5, 2012 9:19am
Thanks tons sofia, Dale, and Mof!
Eric Fan commented on June 16, 2012 9:29pm
Wow! This is incredible.
Will Santino commented on June 17, 2012 9:02am
Thanks alot Eric! :)
Paula Belle Flores commented on August 6, 2012 11:58pm
Impressive design! So well done! I've promoted it on my FB Page http://www.facebook.com/iPhoneAvenue. Feel free to take a look! :)
Will Santino commented on August 7, 2012 3:29pm
Thanks alot Belle!
Catspaws commented on August 9, 2012 10:36am
Will Santino commented on August 9, 2012 5:22pm
Thanks Catspaws!
Lion Clown commented on August 10, 2012 7:55pm
fantastic! i love your work!
kyle skor commented on August 17, 2012 12:07am
everything so honest and without guile. lovely, again :)
Angelo Cerantola commented on August 20, 2012 5:51am
Angelo Cerantola commented on August 20, 2012 6:00am
Just realized I'm promotion number 666....doesn't happen every day! lol :-)
Will Santino commented on August 20, 2012 4:15pm
Thanks a whole lot charlesJr! Thanks Kyle skor, that description means alot to me.
Will Santino commented on August 20, 2012 4:16pm
Thanks Angelo! 'tis a unique thing to be that person indeed!
EbiEmporium commented on September 10, 2012 1:37am
Very funky :) Great job! Keep up the fab work~
Will Santino commented on September 19, 2012 11:53am
Cool, Max! Thanks alot, EbiEmporium, i will most definitely keep up the fab work!
Luca Massone commented on October 4, 2012 3:57am
Molto bello!
Will Santino commented on October 4, 2012 7:38pm
Thanks, Luca!
Glashka commented on October 27, 2012 10:21am
Will, this is so amazing!
Will Santino commented on October 29, 2012 8:01am
Thanks alot Glashka!
Rvca commented on November 20, 2012 2:07pm
We Own The Night commented on November 25, 2012 10:12pm
awesome work!
Will Santino commented on November 26, 2012 11:05am
Thanks alot Rvca and We Own The Night!
⊙ Paolo Tonon commented on January 3, 2013 3:56pm
־־־¬ٍ ٍ ِ ٍ ٍ ِ ِ ٍ ٍ ٍ ՙ՚\ٍ(´•`)ٍ/ՙ՚ٍ ٍ ٍ ٍ ِ ِ ٍ ِ ٍ ٍ ٍ ٍ ِ ٍ ⌐־־ help me a giant octopus is eating me! :-) Fantastic illustration.
Will Santino commented on January 4, 2013 7:27am
Thanks Paolo!!
Matt Liston commented on February 14, 2013 10:07am
Great drawing, great concept - I really enjoy your work.
Will Santino commented on February 14, 2013 4:31pm
Thanks a whole Matt!
Rudolf Brancovsky commented on March 23, 2013 6:24am
Will Santino commented on March 24, 2013 8:06pm
Thank you Rudolf!
Jarod Octon commented on March 26, 2013 7:44pm
This is crazy! In the best of ways of course. lol. Great work!
Will Santino commented on March 29, 2013 8:25pm
Thanks Jarod!
rolf commented on April 13, 2013 7:45am
Pom Graphic Design commented on May 13, 2013 1:15pm
Wow this is outstanding!
Will Santino commented on May 21, 2013 7:00pm
Thanks alot Rolf, and thanks Pom Graphic Design!
Suburban Bird Designs commented on July 20, 2013 5:05pm
Sooo cool!!
Monika Strigel commented on July 24, 2013 11:09pm
Gorgeous work!
Will Santino commented on July 27, 2013 2:04pm
Thanks so much Kanika! Thank you Monika!
Arielle Walker commented on August 19, 2013 3:27pm
This is gorgeous! I love the colours and the design is so quirky and cool =)
Will Santino commented on August 24, 2013 4:34pm
Thanks alot Arielle!
Nigel Goh commented on November 11, 2013 7:55pm
Great stuff !
Nigel Goh commented on November 11, 2013 8:22pm
Cool !
Shaun Terhune commented on November 22, 2013 12:30pm
Hey, just discovered your page Will! This stuff is fantastic. Can't wait to subscribe and see more pieces like this! Keep them coming.
Gyossaith commented on December 28, 2013 12:03pm
this is simply amazing! your attention to detail is impressive!
echoes commented on January 12, 2014 4:25pm
Chris Dela Llana commented on January 16, 2014 8:25am
Wow, very good work!
laurascott commented on January 19, 2014 1:54pm
Wow this is amazing!
Tyler Spangler commented on February 13, 2014 7:00pm
Very beautiful
Jauma commented on March 13, 2014 10:31pm
WOA love it *_*
Amy J Smith Photography commented on March 18, 2014 11:46pm
Keep painting the world with art! Great styles! =]
MrCapdevila commented on April 21, 2014 9:30pm
Great octopus
• of two lands • commented on May 13, 2014 6:46am
That's some extra cool stuff !!
Je Suis un Lapin commented on July 3, 2014 1:20pm
Gabrielle Wall commented on August 3, 2014 1:01pm
So unique!
infloence commented on August 15, 2014 12:13pm
Lovely work,nice colours!
milyKnight commented on August 16, 2014 3:33pm
Simply amazing work~! ♥
Victoria Herrera commented on August 31, 2014 9:37am
Unique and splendid work!
Suzz in Colour commented on September 10, 2014 4:17am
Mind blowingly beautiful and so complex!
YAP9 commented on September 29, 2014 4:14am
Wow great!
David Sevilla commented on October 6, 2014 1:56am
beautiful illustrations!
Sam Geller commented on October 15, 2014 2:11pm
this is so cool! love the tripppy design!
Azabella Rose Adamora commented on October 15, 2014 2:23pm
beautiful, whimsical and creative! Love it! You have an awesome mind!
Ivana commented on October 16, 2014 3:51pm
Very nice!
Neil Price commented on October 18, 2014 3:40pm
Fantastic work
Anne McGrath Photography commented on November 13, 2014 10:51pm
Very very cool!
Mari Anrua commented on November 17, 2014 4:20am
So interesting)
MrWhite commented on November 26, 2014 3:47am
Little cthulhu ? :) Looks great thou.
fantasticarts commented on December 1, 2014 12:58pm
digital2real commented on December 5, 2014 12:53am
Promoted and followed with pleasure!
Iskoskikh Sveta commented on December 15, 2014 12:13am
Original technique!
John Holcroft commented on December 15, 2014 1:55am
very nice
Mariana Lisina commented on December 18, 2014 7:58am
Very interesting work!
Annabella Rharbaoui commented on January 18, 2015 3:44pm
Interesting artwork!
aPersonalidea commented on March 2, 2015 9:51am
Interesting! I reckon you might like mine too! http://society6.com/product/wake-up-a...rsonalidea
Mimi Powers commented on March 23, 2015 12:21pm
Really fun creature!
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