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Young Cu Chulainn by MayYeo Young Cu Chulainn by MayYeo
I know I'm uploading often lately, hope you don't mind.

This was done for the montly theme at Sketch Theme Blog - Warriors -. This is not exactly a sketch but almost everything is allowed.

This is young Cú Chulainn slaying Culainn's dog (hence his name). This was basically an excuse to try the classic style once again =)

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Some steps --> [link]

Painter 7 and X, Photoshop CS4
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:iconhammer-of-war:
Hammer-of-war Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
His face is too feminine. Beautiful picture, but Cuchulain was renowned as manly and brave, even in his youth.
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Tirebay1 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
You make Cu Chalainn look this feminin.You think he is female maybe?
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MayYeo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sorry for answering so late. Well he's just a kid here and kids with long hair can look of either sex, I think.
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Arttt225 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful.Your style reminds me of an old time painting from the 1900's :D
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Spelonker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. His face reminds me of the kind of painting you see in churches. Kind of like St George vs the dragon.
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:iconpyeknu:
Pyeknu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Very, very beautiful. My compliments.
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:iconorochihime:
Orochihime Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The crow in the corner is a nice touch--a little bit of foreshadowing.
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SakuSephi Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Student
Woe, it's great. I heard something about his legend, but I've always wanted to know more O.o
I don't know why, maybe the pose or the face... It remembers me the style of Leonardo da Vinci.. Lol, maybe it's my imaginations
congratulations with this awesome work
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spiderlady Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
It's unique to see classical style around DA. VERY good!
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Baron-Cimetiere Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
This is fantastic ^_^

But didn't he kill the dog with a hurling ball?
Guess that makes for a less epic picture though, lol.
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Antimony-and-Lace Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
yeah he choked it with a sliotar and bashed the hound's head against a wall.
Really nice drawing though (claim use of artistic liscence)and is that an Irish Wolfhound you've used as the dog?
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:iconmayyeo:
MayYeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Oh, I have no idea which weapon he used, I just looked at one drawing from wikipedia and that's all my reference xD Thanks for the comment!
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LastCetra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
There are several versions of the story which range from using the sliotar to strangling it with his bare hands. I don't believe this is wholly innacurate.
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Welx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I featured this beautiful piece of art in my journal! Hope you don't mind. [link]
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teknikal-difikalties Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
lol wow your really good
but when i first saw it i thought it was St Michael the archangel defeating the devil .. though i dont think the devil would be fluffy and white ><

But i absolutly love it! Its so realistic, the face, the hair, the body, the clothes, the bird and the setting .. >< its so good! I also like the colours!

You say it was a dog.. wasnt it a wolf? But its really cute .. even though its dieing.. Not quite as realistic but its still extremly good! Better then ive seen yet!

just one question .. is that a hurley? It looks more like a spear ..

sorry for the long comment! but it just show how much i like it, right? :)
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:iconmayyeo:
MayYeo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Haha, no problem at all, I love long comments ^^ Thanks for taking your time.
K lessee... Yah that's a dog, it was supposed to be a Hound, or so I read in Wikipedia ^^U I'm horrible. I don't know anything about dogs, sorry =/ (that's what it needs to be... hum... more better? xD)
That's supposed to be a spear and... I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I did see the ressemblance with Michael the Archangel pictures after I finished it @_@
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naaga Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
please marry me.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Beautiful! It reminds me of William Bouguereau's work. Very nice.
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Oaklight Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I am a Druid of OBOD and this is the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen on a theme from Celtic mythology. It is absolutely stunning!
Beannacht leat!
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Oaklight Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I am a Druid of OBOD and this is the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen on a theme from Celtic mythology. It is absolutely stunning!
Beannacht leat!
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Noiry Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Me encantan estas obras de aire clásico, es como volver 400 años en el tiempo.
El follaje de los árboles y arbustos, el pelaje del perro y la piel que viste Cu Chulainn, las plumas del pájaro, está todo muy detallado pero sin recargar innecesariamente la imagen.

Y tiene también algo muy moderno pese al clasicismo, creo que es la composición.

Gran trabajo :heart:
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Amazing work...
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julsillustrated Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Me encanta como quedó la mano que esta más abajo...
y las rodillas!
Muy bueno :aww:

solo sufro por la escena :P
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MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
LOL, tambien sientes empatia por los perros mal pintados?
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julsillustrated Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
jajaja, siiii :P

por todos realmente :aww:
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carpenoctem Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks totally iconic. And it's kinda ironic how it looks so much like religious christian art, but depicting a pagan character :).

(Can I have a big poster print for my living room? :D)
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MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Haha yah now I find it ironic.

(Sure thing! I'd feel very honored! Send me a note with your email =) )
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DamonVonBohn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm...Which version of Archangel St. Michael did you use? This is the one I grew up with: [link]
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:iconmayyeo:
MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I totally see the resemblance, I was aware of it while painting it. Too funny this is totally pagan, heh. The real reference is in the description =)
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DamonVonBohn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yeah; how funny!
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HistoryKnightLS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
First of all, I like the d00d's face, so serene, yet one can question what he's really thinking about, so I like that air of mystery that you've put there. And the placement of the bird gives more symbolism to this, and like always, EXCELLENT EXCELLENT job. :clap:


Kinda' reminds me of St. George and the dragon.
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hokuto Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Oh gods he is the handsomest little hero ever. *_* So gorgeous.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
gorgeous, as always.
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:iconxarte:
Xarte Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Very nice, looks like classic paiting! I like it!
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AahzmandiuZ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Classy classic! Very Nice!
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:iconmekare-86:
mekare-86 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
I know that legend! It's one of my favourite Celtic legends! Amazing pic, though, as always, I feel sorry for the beautiful dog! :(
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:iconmayyeo:
MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aw, it's not beautiful, it's badly painted xD Thanks for your comment ^^
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mekare-86 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Badly?! :lol:, you underestimate this work! ;p
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RowanLewgalon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   General Artist
Reminds me of Archangel Michael.
Well, not himself...but the statues. :)
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:iconmayyeo:
MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yah I know what you mean, It kinda has the angel feeling since I took the ref from an angel statue =)
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RowanLewgalon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   General Artist
Aaaah, so maybe that was Michael then :)
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gisaiagami Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
amazing
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onlymistress Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EXELLENT! So much detail and love in it! :fav+:
You're one of my favourite artists!
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MayYeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aw, thanks :blushes:
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onlymistress Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :blush:
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MischaMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is exceptionally done, you actually got the spear historically accurate too, the picture is superb.
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Almeruve Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
That's awesome! I love the tale of Cu Chulainn and this painting is a really nice representation of it ^^
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Jacob-Joseph Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great !
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minak-shpinak Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Great job on character! classic style looks goooorgeus.
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TVPaint Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
I love the colors !
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