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Published: December 13, 2006
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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
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pardos66Hobbyist Writer
all hail freya
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BabsDCHobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! I love the expression on her face! The cats are beautiful and the necklace is priceless! Great job :clap:
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TorkavianArtsProfessional 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.
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fierylionessHobbyist Writer
This is so lovely. :+favlove:
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I love this. Freya is my favorite goddess!
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ehatsumiHobbyist 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! \(^_^)/
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KaedegirlHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love love love your work and your imagination! :D you're very creative!
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Very sensual, very sexy. Love the use of lighting. It looks almost like part of a Medeival Illuminated manuscript. :)
WriterOfBooks's avatar
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.
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rpmsauronProfessional General Artist
wow the linework / colouring scheme combo looks amazing! I wished it was easier to find more artwork in this style :)
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TheDARKWOLFProfessional 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's avatar
wow, this whole picture is so beautiful!! :D
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Love Freya!! She is my favorite Goddess!!!
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Epsilon-Half-DemonStudent Traditional Artist
That is amazing work! i'm so :+fav:ing this!
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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.
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CharkleyStudent 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.
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how i heard it, it was that she got those who died while defending and Odin gets those who died while attacking.
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fritchieProfessional General Artist
Gorgeous. A wonderful interpretation!
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NekrocowStudent General Artist
I want a cat THAT big XD !!!
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