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A Compendium of Witches ~ Viduca
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Published: July 25, 2018
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In the middle of the poplar wood stood the oldest tree. They called it the 'White Grandmother', due to the colour of its trunk that, where it began to branch, turned a brilliant silver. It was here that I would sit wrapped in a warm wolf pelt, and watch the sky. I would lose myself in the hectic dance of the leaves which followed the slow swinging of the branches; sinuous like river-weed. My heart would soften, gradually slowing to meet the rhythm of the earth below me. 
My eyelids became heavier, and heavier... Leaving my human skin there at the foot of the tree, I would let the wolf skin grow on me. I let it devour me whole, I let it invade me like roots on fertile soil.


Here's the portrait of Viduca, the Gaulish shapeshifter witch that is going to be featured in A Compendium of Witches. She was born not far from Vesontio, in 40BCE.

Her story will be featured among those of other wise women in my upcoming A Compendium of Witches, a project supported by my amazing Patreon community

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Mohnlied's avatar
Mohnlied|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the soft colours and the composition.
Will you do a print of "Compendium of Witches"?
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
Yes, I will kickstart it at the end of October - you can read more about the book here: natasailincic.com/a-compendium…
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Beautiful piece of art and character design! I like his eyes who seems watch and lost between the two worlds.
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Cachemirine|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost didn’t notice the little frog on her hand— lovely piece!
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
thanks!^_^
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skycladarts|Professional General Artist
Beautifully crafted piece of art!
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
thank you!:)
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skycladarts|Professional General Artist
most welcome! :D
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dashinvaine's avatar
Very interesting, very nice work.
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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cyke40's avatar
With the sickle i'd call her a druid not a witch :)

But your art as always is lovely :heart:
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
In this case the word "witch" is used as an umbrella term (I explain such choice in the introduction of the book)!

Thanks!:)
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ah ok ,i meant not offence :)

you are very welcome
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NatasaIlincic|Professional General Artist
None taken! :D
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