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In Norse mythology, Freya is a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful of the goddesses. She is the patron goddess of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality and was called upon in matters of love.

Her attributes are the precious necklace of the Brisings, which she obtained by sleeping with four dwarfs, a cloak (or skin) of bird feathers, which allows its wearer to change into a falcon, and a chariot pulled by two cats. All these things were gifts from various lovers, who included her brother, Frey. She divides the slain warriors with Odin: one half goes to her palace, while the other half goes to Valhalla. Women also go to her hall.

This is the fifth of a six piece portfolio for Independent Study in Digital Drawing, with piece examining a uniquely feminine trait as represented by a goddess. Freya represents sexuality.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Illustrator 10.0.3 and my Precioussssss
Image ME!!! 2006
Textures from [link]
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KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
pardos66 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
all hail freya
BabsDC Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! I love the expression on her face! The cats are beautiful and the necklace is priceless! Great job :clap:
TorkavianArts Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Writer
I really like this piece. the only critique I have is that she is a little too thin. We Norse women are robust beefy gals. She's beautiful, without being too overly sexualized. Nicely done.
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wonderfully Done!!!
fierylioness Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so lovely. :+favlove:
fknbrsrkr Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I love this. Freya is my favorite goddess!
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Yet another new one.
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
ehatsumi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice art! I would like to ask for permission if it's okay to have your art be part of my list on my site? I am looking forward to feature some great gods and goddesses on my site. You can check out my site here, at the bottom. Of course I'll put a credit that this is your own art. :)
Hope you'll agree! \(^_^)/
Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love love love your work and your imagination! :D you're very creative!
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Very sensual, very sexy. Love the use of lighting. It looks almost like part of a Medeival Illuminated manuscript. :)
WriterOfBooks Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Awesome! Hahahaha!

Except I was a bit thrown off because the Norse mythology book that I have depicted her with tigers, not huge cats...

But hey, it's mythology for a reason. Still awesome.
rpmsauron Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow the linework / colouring scheme combo looks amazing! I wished it was easier to find more artwork in this style :)
TheDARKWOLF Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
2006 and no one has commented on this pic?

I must say you have done an excellent job protraying Freya in all her might! Your knowledge of the Goddess is right on, hail to you!

Aria-Davie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
wow, this whole picture is so beautiful!! :D
catgirlhawaii Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Love Freya!! She is my favorite Goddess!!!
Epsilon-Half-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That is amazing work! i'm so :+fav:ing this!
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
This is an excellent picture of both a goddess and a woman.

I like the way this avoids the extremes of coy and puerile. This shows a powerful, mature woman as a goddess, unusual these days when most images of goddesses are porno-pixies, Victorian waifs, or clumsy political statements.
Charkley Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
She and her brother were given to the Aesir as hostages during the first war between the gods and Vanir. Both of them were always depicted as "bright and fair" along with Baldr and Loki. Because that phrase was not used often except in these cases (and the fact that Freyr was called the prince of elves) and that, in Freyr and Freyia case, their magic was part of their being and not their possessions, it is believed that Tolkien used them as the source for his elves.
Elves = Freyr/ Baldr
Galadrial/ elven queens = Freyia
Melkor = Loki

... I love norse mythology too, and I'm impressed with your picture. Love the cats.
psilorder Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
how i heard it, it was that she got those who died while defending and Odin gets those who died while attacking.
fritchie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous. A wonderful interpretation!
Nekrocow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Student General Artist
I want a cat THAT big XD !!!
riverotter7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done. She also cries tears of amber for her lost love Oter or Otter depending. (and her hip is fine) This is my favourite because not only of my Norske blood but I tend towards Norse Paganism.
ThingsAMaskCantHide Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
interesting design for Brissengamen.
Blackmoongoddessia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008   Photographer
Goddess of sexual and love ?
YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this pic! Her colar and her cat are my favorites.
freyaliscious Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
i love this.. one of the best ive seen of freya ... :heart:
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
The cat looks a little funny, but Freya looks great!
Ulfsark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's so beautiful....

Freya... the Vanir...
queen of love and fertility...

i love it!

see you!
Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always found Norse mythology to be more interesting than Greek myself.
Tomodachi-Cruz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
¡WOW!, she's one of my favorites norse goddesses! (my favorite is Skadi, he he), great desing, so lovely and sexy, this one goes to my favorites.
Papa-John Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't see enough Norse Art.. this is very beautiful.
Marius-Creb Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, excellent work. Freya has always been my favourite Norse figure, and probably my favourite goddess of all.
plt25 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I basically come to worship at your gallery. I hate it when I want to favorite every other picture...just too much mindless adoration. Anyway, I think your gallery is INCREDIBLE. I'm not worthy...I'm not worthy...( leaves room while groveling.)
Saeter Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Love norse mythology, my favorite god is Loki who during the edda (norse poem) accused Freya and Frey of being incestuous. As he was insulting all the gods when they were all invited to a party minus Loki. The Aesir (group name of norse gods) incest is considered taboo. Frey and Freya are brother & sister yet they are married to each other.
Great pic I don't see many of the goddesses depicted enough.
Belenen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thrillingly lush, wow. *fans self*
swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
how cool
Paulitta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
love this... Loki was always my favourite, though
CherrySunKitten Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
I LOVE her pose! It's got so much sass. :D And her outfit's a really cool design too. :heart:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Excelent work!
Not more than afew days ago I was thinking "I need more gods or godesses from the Norse pentheon in my empty life" and does this ever deliver!
Excelent job!


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MiaGawron Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
yea, aphrodite is so overrated XD
CrazySwedishGirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I love her cats!! :D
Oh, yes, the norse mythology was full of incest and unrealistic pairings. ^^;
fhqwhgus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Amazing! She looks just so bold and enticing!
LadyZelda Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006   Traditional Artist
I want a giant cat!!!

She's my favourite so far! :D
ArtisticSchmidt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Damn that's a big pussy!
natelyon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
All great but this is my favourite one :D
gudruna Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
amazing i love it
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
. . .are you gonna kill me if I look at those cats and think of this pic? ;) [link]

Don't get me wrong, I love the pic--The lexture on the furs and the soft glow on the torches really gives it a feeling of texture. :) Excellent work! Very well done!
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