This piece was commissioned by www.deviantart.com/kaprosuchus… and I tried to draw something that would pull at the strings of his Norwegian heart.
Thank you for the commission Sverre!
A proper viking, and richly well-equipped to boot! About to serve up a feast for the ravens. Marvellous artwork as ever, rich with the fruit of historical studies in ornaments and equipment details. It is always a great inspiration and encouragement just to view your art. Gorgeous palette as well. You have a happy client no doubt.
Please don't abandon us on DA completly. I gave Eclipse the benefit of the doubt, and concluded that new Deviantart is one big letdown, certainly not balanced by any potentially good smaller features out there. Stupid decisions were made, damn layout. Still, it is on the whole not as completely a bad and attention-span-shrinking-infantilizing-idiotic "phone cancer" downgrade/setup as some other sites and software I've seen the last 10 years, so I'll stick with Deviantart and hope they don't butcher it further (might be worth launching ship on Artstation in parallell, though). I want office-like good overview and archive modes that are good for being in control of your work, and am constantly disappointed by the persistent dumbing down and making worse of perfectly good programs and sites the last decade. Damnit.
Random trivia time. In Scandinavia we have a joke flora where Swedes and Norwegians use the exact same silly jokes about each other, the point being that the brother people on the other side of the Scandian mountain range (fjällen) are blissfully stupid. Heritage of the dissolution of the personal union (1814-1905) between Sweden and Norway. Swedish jokes about Finns portray them as excessively rugged and masculine, while Finnish jokes about Swedes have us as being effeminate sissies. Video of Finn scaring away bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7_pVrIshxA&feature=youtu.be
Danes come off as sloppy drunkards, but there aren't much of joke flora about them, even though I personally always have made fun of our inherited arch-enemies Denmark and Russia. Denmark and Sweden sport a world record in numbers of wars fought between two countries, to the point we never even bothered to name many of the wars. A couple of obscure Anatolian Bronze Age kingdoms were the other contenders for the top place if I remember correctly.
Yeah, I guess I will have to stick around here in DA like it or not. Great to hear another rare person I can relate about the dumbing down of everything after the 2000s.
Very funny stories about the Swedes and Norwegians hahahah . I guess every country in the world has a similar one to tell.
Thank you for stopping by!
Amon Amarth, eh? A member of my extended family is the wife of a member of that band. Bearded and jolly fellow, met him once or twice at family get-togethers.
He played a very minor role in a rather lacklustre fantasy-esque viking movie (sporting dark riders from the Carpathians, with some kind of skull headgear, a dishonoured Norwegian hird member and a Christian warrior monk), where his character quickly died in the beginning.
Small world. :)
By Durin's beard! That is indeed a monumental coincidence! If you ever see him again, please show him some of my artwork. It would be a dream project to do some artwork to a band I love so much like them.
Unbelivable really. Thanks for telling the tale.