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Glepnir
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Published: March 24, 2018
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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.


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Wille450's avatar
B-b-b-but aren't Fenrir's chains supposed to be super thin?
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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Yep. But I could only draw them so small and still keep them easily identifiable as chains.
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Wille450's avatar
(you could always make them imaginary)
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somerandomplayer's avatar
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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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Amen to that.
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Cortni--Whitney|Student Digital Artist
so awesome. I love all the detail you put into your art. 
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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you so much!
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jester-tlf's avatar
*hugs!*
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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you!
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BJBluewolf's avatar
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's avatar
Thank you for your thoughts, and sorry for where you found it lacking.
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BJBluewolf's avatar
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's avatar
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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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you-- and yeah... Sometimes you have to look hard for silver linings, but they're there.
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Dash2014's avatar
Dash2014|Student Digital Artist
A very awesome picture. Heart 
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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you so much!
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Antaria-Nova's avatar
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's avatar
Thank you so much for your kind words and sympathy.
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Antaria-Nova's avatar
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's avatar
aww nice draw~ :)
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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you!
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wingwolf88's avatar
Welcome ^_^
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coywolf99Azada|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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Nashoba-Hostina's avatar
Thank you so much for the encouragement!
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