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The Morrigan by Hideyoshi The Morrigan by Hideyoshi
In contrary to everyone's assumed opinion, I actually enjoy the process of painting characters more than doing environments although my forté is the latter.

Characters are more challenging and you get to interact more emotionally with the subject matter.
I think mastering the human form is the highest goal of any artist anyway.

Doing environments seems pretty dull to me most of the time, believe it or not.

Anyway, this is some Irish celtic legend, the Morrigan or Phantom Queen. Not to be confused with the videogame character (?).

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Wicketcity Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Sooooo gorgeous!
ekwood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
I like how the image just seems a bit dark at first -- then you notice that she is floating off the ground and the dark level shoots right past gloomy all the way to "The Exorcist."
Morrigan94 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ia loove irish culture and everything and this is very beautiful  Love 
tiredmichiko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so in depth and gives off so many different layers emotions! Dangerous, dark, cold, elegant, and beautiful are just a few of what I feel from this picture. You can definitely tell that this women holds serious power of something dark, old, and for me possible beautiful. After looking her up, I found that she is the Celtic goddess of war, battle, strife, fertility, and one some accounts death and sorcery. She is also depicted as a single goddess or a trio of goddesses and often shown/mentions with crows/ravens. I found all of this represented in you amazing picture, so I say that you did an excellent job!!
Presona-photo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Dream from the sandman comics.
kisotchka Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much ! I was looking for a good representation of the Morrigan and I can't believe so many people choose to draw or paint her with huge showing boobs and naked butt. It's so frustrating ! Anyway, thank you for focusing on the actual goddess and not some wannabe sexy playmate :)
MelodyXIV Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! Love the colors :D
NeoLeo789 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This looks exactly like what the old woman described seeing in The Blair Witch Project. Whether inspired or not, I must say, the "shading" or "brushing" (if I'm speaking correctly) gives a very ghostly animated quality to it that really brings it to life. The color scheme is great too.
AJSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This is a very impressive drawing of the Celtic Goddess of War. The way she interacts with her crow familiars and is floating above the snow is amazing.
Gothmexicanotaku Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is so cool
MrGadzooks Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
This is my favorite Morrigan on DA so far. I've been looking everywhere for a good one.
Noirerora Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
love it!
jordanofkeefe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Artist
my patron goddess, you do her human form justice.
flakoo120 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
I absolutely love this. I love how you interpreted her. Most people make her sexy-looking and devilish, but I feel like you acurately represented her as the creepy, dark, lost soul that she really is. Not even sexy, but hollow, mysterious and haunting with an almost impossible to see haunting beauty...
jordanofkeefe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Artist
the morrigan is actually supposed to be represented as a beautiful,seductive, but serious and stern woman in human form. the goddess of death, war, wisdom and wealth. she is always shown clothed in black feather or naked with blue war paint.
Beloss Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
This is very nice, its the same goddess who stalked Cuchulain right? Crows by themselves are ominous enough, but a goddess of crows? You know something bad is gona happen.
HoldaLilie Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
:omfg: It reminds me so much of myself!!
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Phantom Queen, huh? Better call:


By the way, Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Hideyoshi!
faire-weather Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MacabreDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
She was the celtic goddess of war, death, fate, vengence, and sorcery. She was far kinder than many think she was, she most commonly appeared as a crow or the washer woman.
Waruzimu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Impressive Morrigan
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Waruzimu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
You're welcome :)
BureauBeaucoup Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the finest paintings I've ever seen! It's surreal
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
thehorrer Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's beautiful. Whenever I think of The Morrigan, I believe that this is what will come to mind.
RowanRed81 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Being Celtic Wicca, I freaking LOVE this <3

An interesting note, Morrigan is not only the "Phantom Queen" - she is also a goddess of war, reincarnation, and was the principal matriarch of Celtic polytheism before Danu.
Skradd Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
IncompleteMe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This has a really lovely darkness to it, and the strange hair surrounding and clothing the figure adds to the figure's oddity and monstrosity in a way.
Svartalfr Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
wow thats great .
Hail to the old Battle-Crow
Kill for Morrigan
Maim for Morrigan
Fight for Morrigan
and you will
Slay for Morrigan
Die for Morrigan
Morrigan crone of war
Druid1993 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Listening to the same song when I looked at this.
mommabelle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
This is the best Morrigan I have seen yet. I am reading "The Alchemyst" and "The Magician". Your image fits that description best. LOVE it!
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
glad to hear it :)
Lost-Egg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Lovely moody piece.
phallusdei Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifull vision about the Morrigan
hahahaX3 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
This reminds me of the book "the alchemist"
jecle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student General Artist
there is a goddess of death=)
joaofred Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pure poetry, my friend. :+fav:
love34 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Very cool piece you made
IAMTHESTRANGE Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Oh dear, this is amazing! Beautiful and haunting, I love it!
reydelfenix Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student
Great! This is simply great and beautiful.
xcjxedge Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is sick!
GreenEyedMonster88 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I like this piece very much. First of all, because it looks amazing, obviously, and secondly it's a lot deeper than what I can see from my first impression. Although it is dark, it doesn't really bring about a feeling of despair to me. But that's what I find so interesting about this- it has a sense of comfort and playfulness' despite it's dark nature.
LadyViktoria Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice artwork. I wish I could do similar job on the background

Morrighan, the triple goddess of fate, honourable death in the battle field, and in some roundabouts way, fertility. She is tied to the image of a Maiden, Mother and Crone, who weave the threads of life in Norse mythology, the Norns, who tie into my Viking roots, where ancestors claimed direct descent from the Allfather himself (talk about ego-trippin' pillagers... XD)

Her birds are carrion crows, which helped bring the souls of brave fallen to the otherworld. She really is my favourite Goddess. :)
Kobolt1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Love it...its soooo ravenesque!!!
Sean-Hiruki Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ah lovely. She is my favorite Goddess of the Tuatha.
MuseMortal Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Wow, amazing pic I like it! :)
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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trappiti Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
im in love .... o.o
ScarletGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Very haunting and beautiful! :D
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