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Ilmarinen's Bride of Gold



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My entry for the FolkFools charity artbook! FolkFools is a collective art book born to raise funds to protect the endangered Sea Turtles of Lampedusa. The theme of the volume is "Myths and Legends of the World" and each artist chose a country and a story to portray.
I chose Finland and the myth I decided to represent was "Ilmarinen's Bride of Gold". It's part of the Kalevala, a 19th-century work of epic poetry, and this part tells the story of how Ilmarinen, after the loss of his first wife, attempts to craft a new one from gold and silver. But his new and precious woman is cold and hard, and she can't give him the love he's looking for.

You can read more about this myth here:…

I must admit I wasn't sure about submitting this piece here. I finished this back in August and there are some things I don't like anymore: Ilmarinen's face in particular, but I'm not happy with how his entire figure came out. But I still love how I drew his wife and since I'm really proud to have been part of this initiative, I didn't want my contribution to remain silent.

The artbook was sold during the convention Lucca Comics&Games (Italy's biggest convention) and it went sold out after 3 days! It was a huge success! I even got to draw sketches inside the artbooks during the con, for the first time ever in my life! XD

Thanks for watching! <3
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KaliannShevlin's avatar
I like this picture. Its very well done.