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Otso are finnish woodland spirits that usually take the form of bears. Sometimes they are thought to be the souls of people who were lost in the woods. Usually you'd avoid saying the word "otso" and refer to them sneakily as "you friend" or "uncle" so as not to attract their attention. While not necessarily malevolent, they might not be super-nice, and I'm sure they'd be really scary to meet!
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insane-rev-milta Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like it very much - this style is so classically, it could be also be a woodcut or from an very old book - fantastically!
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Wow, what an incredible illustration :iconcryingbearplz:
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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light-serpent Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome drawing, I love that style!
And I also love finnish mythology :D
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love mythology from everywhere! :)
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light-serpent Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Me too, but especially nordic one :)
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FluffehMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
gorgeous [: what a good idea.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
sort of reminds me of a type of Native American boogie man, that even saying their name would make them stronger.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
not an uncommon theme with magical critters...
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
... this is all very educational. :)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent, maybe it can be a textbook someday. :-p
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Go for it! :)
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TheGypsyByrd Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at that detail! That must have taken you a while. It looks great! As always , i love the story that goes along with it. Ive never heard of some of these myth's and they are so awesome! The leaves as his ears is just adorable. It would be scary to meet Uncle in the woods, but I do think it would be awesome to see one walk by unnoticed. :D
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think i'd want to see one at all... I think the ambivalent magical critters are spookier than the "bad" ones!
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TheGypsyByrd Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i can see that
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TheMachineFactory Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I really like the forest theme going on here, it ties in really nicely to the story about the forest spirit. It's quite amazing the way you made the bear form out of the leaves and woven twigs, it must have taken a lot of patience. I love it. :)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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