Skulls (painting of) Show more
Also called Weland and Volund, this figure turns up across the Germanic cultures. Wayland is a master smith, credited with making many of the magic weapons of myth. He escaped imprisonment on a pair of magic wings, and made goblets from the skulls of his captor’s sons. #art #mastoart #creativetoots #commission https://mastodon.art/media/Wd9x7KaCAoN_T73sn88
Not quite a god, Mundilfari is a powerful (and possibly metaphorical) figure in Norse myth. His name means “the one who moves according to particular times.” He is the father of Sunna/Sol and Mani, the sun goddess and moon god. He may also be responsible for the cyclical nature of time. #art #creativetoots #comission #mastoart
Snakes (drawn/painted) Show more
Sirona, Salus, Hygeia: a trio of healing goddesses
This summer I painted two commissions of Greek and Roman goddesses of healing. They join the painting of Sirona, a related Gallic deity, which I finished in December 2016.
A historical commission for a change: Alexander the Great. There’s a certain amount of artistic license taken here. My client preferred the blond-and-blue-eyed version of the medieval romances, and this is nowhere in particular, despite the ziggurat. #mastoart #creativetoots #art #commission https://mastodon.art/media/tIcFtHFTcsi4ShJWfNM
Looks like I have an art backlog going to . . . June or so. I don't wanna start out 2018 feeling more behind than I've gotta, so today is posting day! Pretty pictures soon.
So, Inktober was great while it lasted, but it mixes pretty poorly with my compulsion to over-detail. This is why I'm doing a modified version of the Huevember challenge this month. Instead of dailies, I'm painting one piece for each week, with all 7 hues.
This is Dagr, the servant of the Norse goddess Sunna, who was given a shining horse and tasked with pulling the chariot of the sun around the earth every 24 hours. (Sunna also drives a solar chariot, because Norse mythology isn't very consistent, and the ancient world only had so many metaphors.)
Apart from his status as Sunna's attendant, we don't know a lot about Dagr. The Poetic Edda mentions him as the son of the god Delling and either Nott (night) or Jord. His horse's name is Skinfaxi.
Dagr was painted in Manga Studio 5/Clip Studio Paint, and the background patterns are modified from some extant tablet weaving patterns.
This piece was commissioned for publication, but you can still get prints through my Etsy shop here: (https://www.etsy.com/listing/569958127/dagr-norse-god-of-dawn-85x11-open)
Here's some midnight #speedpainting pics. I'm really very slow (20-40 hours on most pieces) and would like to be able to loosen up a bit. Little #dragon is a start. https://mastodon.art/media/-qprLMclGZDkQX5lYmU https://mastodon.art/media/5boO1i3G-cB8cVZU674 https://mastodon.art/media/V9mbudOd1Sa2glEPm94 https://mastodon.art/media/EhXLTDsXh9RcWylCFIw
If you care to check out prints, they are here: https://tinyurl.com/y78gzeyv or there's a longer post about this piece here: https://tmblr.co/ZQ5_zw2OlldjX https://mastodon.art/media/yuZFZWItsc-K1rNsXD0
Snakehead mermaid, clean drawing phase!
I'm using this piece to make myself learn #Krita a bit better, as MS5 does not like to run under WINE properly and I find all the open source art programs pretty difficult. (Probably in part because I'm very blend-tool-dependent and picky about my inking presets - I blame having a traditional background.)
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