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Glepnir by Nashoba-Hostina Glepnir by Nashoba-Hostina

So… I’ve had a hard time.

 

When I started this piece, it was simply about breaking the bonds that hold me back and hold me down.

 

Between then and now, someone tried to trap me with the most horrible, malicious lie I’ve ever had the misfortune of hearing. It was a thinly veiled threat and a betrayal in a way that I have never experienced before.  It caused terror in a way I had never experienced and forced me to prepare to defend myself in a way I’d never thought I’d have to. It also gave me a unique look at my friends and relationships, because I found that some who I expected to run stood by me, and others who I trusted with everything opted out.

 

I find myself rather reminded of the story of Fenrir, bound by those he trusted, but will herald the end of the world once he breaks free.


(I love reading comments :3)

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:iconwille450:
Wille450 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
B-b-b-but aren't Fenrir's chains supposed to be super thin?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Yep. But I could only draw them so small and still keep them easily identifiable as chains.
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:iconwille450:
Wille450 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
(you could always make them imaginary)
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somerandomplayer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018
The scary thing with friends is how one never knows for sure who they are until they're needed. Don't be the one who added on the chains. Be the friend who will supply the bolt cutters.

The poor werewolf here with the many chains, the stronger ones probably came from the ones trusted with poor, those who made the greater betrayal. Those are the hardest to break and move on from. Looks like there has been substantial progress with the werewolf without too much lasting damage in the fur, but I can see shadows of where they used to be. Maybe if I help out with the last chains the snarl will ease and only part of the world will end.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Amen to that.
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:iconcortni--whitney:
Cortni--Whitney Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
so awesome. I love all the detail you put into your art. 
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconjester-tlf:
jester-tlf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist
*hugs!*
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you!
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BJBluewolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
As its art, best to start there.  One of the reasons I enjoy your stylistic approach is that you do not make an animal head on a human body covered in fur with some creative license around the legs.  In most cases there is more of a melding of the two forms, however in this one I see either coloration or stylistic changes which appear to have a touch more confusion in the torso area, maybe a nudge more towards human then usual but not quite refined (could be evolution of your forms, could be you had other crap on your mind).  The forpaws proportion also just seems slightly off, but in comparison to the hind, I cant say it is... may be the position or clenched nature.  Otherwise, your textures and facial, legs, tail, etc.. again on point as usual.

Content wise, what is confusing me is the intermingle of broken and bound.  A 'self imposed' binding? External binding not yet completed? with the  legs and arms all bound, it raises how the other bonds were broken... the story there is incomplete in my mind, making me ask additional questions which are not answered in the image. 

Stepping away from the image itself and more to the story presented and context given from that.  We all have our self imposed "chains", our societal, social, professional constraints which we rage against while always being the keeper of the key, or in reality they are simply 'ornamental' if you will.  The itching under the skin waiting to break free which we must refuse less it consume us in a bite (much like Fenrir) with that neurotic fear that we may loose ourselves in that moment, never to be allowed back again.  But enough philosophizing introspectively *grins*.

As for the external complications, I hope that you have been able to bind the situation and have moved from strictly defense to more of a detente.  Flipping to an offensive posture being a last resort as it can open flanks which could have unexpected impacts.  But it can also serve (as it sounds like it has) as a lesson.  Trust is a fragile thing.  Our own biases can often cloud our expectations of others, but it can serve to better understand our closest circles and forge stronger relationships while allowing us to also address wounds by others to better understand them, if nothing else.  More scars otherwise, I just hope that you are able to transmutate it into something which strengths you, while not altering your core.

Thank you for a 'thought provoking' piece of art, it can help drive reflection and outlet for review by you at a later date (always interesting in my experience to review what one did before, why and what can be applied now from it).  I could ramble a while longer, but I think what I felt the need to articulate is here. 
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you for your thoughts, and sorry for where you found it lacking.
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BJBluewolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
I see no reason for apologies, your the artist, I am the interpreter!  my observations are but a single view on the whole, and shared to provide a view (all be it somewhat critical) to give perspective you may not have given consideration to.  Knowing what you have shared as well recent, it reminds me again more of "chains" which bind us are but our own perception (in life, and in art!)
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
I know I already commented on this elsewhere, but I'll say it again.  I really like this piece! Some great fur detailing, and even things like the chain links are carefully rendered.  
I just wish that you hadn't had bad things going on to inspire such awesomeness.  I guess.. small silver lining?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you-- and yeah... Sometimes you have to look hard for silver linings, but they're there.
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Dash2014 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
A very awesome picture. Heart 
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
Nice werewoof, as usual. :)
Can't know whom to really trust until it's put to the test, I suppose. :P
I'm sorry to hear that your trust was misplaced. Such pain does give a new perspective, at least. And that's in a way both good and bad. Possibly more good than bad, in that it helps avoid such misfortune in the future. Hopefully you do manage to avoid more of the same.
Don't end the world, though. :D
It's getting to be spring here, at last. Soon there's that to enjoy.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words and sympathy.
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
I'm glad if I can help you cope. I've had my share of bullies, perhaps more than my fair share. That's given me a perspective and sort of wisdom I likely wouldn't have otherwise. I guess that's the famous silver lining on the proverbial cloud.
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wingwolf88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
aww nice draw~ :)
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwingwolf88:
wingwolf88 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
Welcome ^_^
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coywolf99Azada Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope everything works okay alright, I too have known these feelings and lucky to have my best friend still on my side. You are strong, I know you make through.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much for the encouragement!
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darktenor5 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Harsh. Nice art though
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you!
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ChancellorFreakazoid Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2018  Student Artist
I hope you are alright from this horrible situation.
But quite beautiful art piece.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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ChancellorFreakazoid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Student Artist
No problem!
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arluza Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Hope you are are doing OK now from that horrible situation. Sending positive thoughts your way.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
I'm doing a little better, thank you!
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BengalBoi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have had things like this happen to me, nowadays I don't make friends and just keep to myself as I am done with people and their malicious ways.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Sounds like a logical way to handle things.
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toomanyfandoms39 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
......you go wreak some goddamn havoc.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018   General Artist
Thank you
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hiemendrom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
A beautiful piece of art, indeed!

As far as your situation, though...

Now you know who your TRUE friends are.  Do right by them, and they will do right by you.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much!

And this is true!
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Selamat-Serigala Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Break those chains that bind you! As soon as I saw the thumbnail, I knew this was your artwork. Sorry to hear about your rough time, but hope it gets much better for you soon.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Thank you-- I'll try. And I hope that things are going okay for you.
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Selamat-Serigala Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Things are going better than they were, that's for sure - thanks for asking!  And for what it's worth, I have confidence in you.
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OniVrask Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm, what sort of tool would he need to get out of that?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Teeth and claws
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:icononivrask:
OniVrask Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Made of the same stuff Wolverine's claws and bones are made out of.
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
bloody hell,good job
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Thank you!!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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Rocker234 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Hope you recover from whatever was tormenting you. And the art's great!
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Thank you! I'll try!
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deadwing1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope things get better for you soon, Love the art, It looks amazing I love the way you shade
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Thank you so much!!
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