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Beowulf's Trophy. by Rufus-Jr Beowulf's Trophy. by Rufus-Jr
A little pencil sketch from the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem 'Beowulf'.
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High-score Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
This is amazing!
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thanks.
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childishexplorer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
sorry if it totally ruins the mood but I really, really like the picture and I was wondering if I could use it in a school assignment. but only if its with you
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thanks for your comment and your interest. You can use this picture for your school assignment, of course. It's about the ancient poem "Beowulf" ?
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childishexplorer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
thank you!! and yes it is about the beowulf poem
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Your students are fortunate to study the Beowulf poem, thanks to you.
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TheEnviroPyro Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
hmmmmmm....... what u got there????
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Beastarch Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
youve got some incredibly good weight goin on here.. and the shadowing is dope too dude. amazing story. gonna have to check out more of your sketches.
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Thanks for your comments.
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Kullis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Rufus, your sketch of Beowulf really spoke to me. I am of Saxon lineage, and I think the rough, intense, gruff, and unwavering look you have given this character is natural and well fitting. Dragging the heads back is a nice touch, but having Beowulf's shattered sword placed in his belt adds SO much!!
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thanks for your enthusiastic comment !
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Kullis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
It was well deserved.
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hesir Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Brilliant image!
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SaskiaDeKorte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ohh wow :XD:

I just spent an hour translating a part of the poem for class tomorrow (ugh). Am taking a break now and searching DevArt for some Beowulf-inspired artwork. I love how you portrayed him <3
And those heads!! :lmao:
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Thank you !
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olofmoleman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Digital Artist
Very nice, apart from that his left foot seems unfinished it looks awesome.
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fabdruet Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
joli coup de crayon
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fabdruet Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
joli coup de crayon!!!!
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Merci Fabrice. J'aurais bien aimé bosser sur l'adaptation pour Ex-Libris, mais c'était déjà pris...
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TylerScottFurman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Great! what size paper was this done on?
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
Roughly 5x5 inches.
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Lykaios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
That OWNS. Fave.
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Porcelain-Jackal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
I dote upon this piece. Indeed, I find that it more accurately reflects the classical Anglo-Saxon origins of "Beowulf" than do many of the other pieces on deviantART. Its "rough" style easily conveys the sense that the tale is quite old, the protagonist is not of the clean-shaven sort, and that the antagonists (namely, Grendel and its mother) were both quite evil and a difficult challenge to overcome. Unfortunately, I do feel that your piece will be overshadowed by work related to the recently-released film, which, so I have gathered, is highly historically inaccurate and an unacceptable perversion of the ancient classic. It is works such as these that lend me hope that the Antiquities of the days of old are not entirely disrespected by the modern reader, and that the realm of literature will not give way to the felicities that computer technologies provide. I do look forward to seeing more of your work.

10/10
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Many thanks for your comments. You describe my way. And i have same comments about the last movie... The tale is very good.
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scoundreldaze Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Hé, mais il ne ressemble pas du tout à celui du film...ni à Christophe Lambert de l'autre film... PFFF!! *lol*...heureusement!! Il me rappelle un peu Thor dans les Ultimates...
Vraiment très joli croquis;peut-être t'aurais pu jouer un tout petit peu avec les niveaux dans PS, histoire de chipoter un peu...
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Oui je sais, j'ai mal choisi ma source d'inspiration... Quelle idée de se référer au texte original plutôt qu'au deux magnifiques "films" que tu as cité... J'aime beaucoup le beowulf imberbe et huilé évadé de "300" de la version ciné-3d-jeu-vidéo-tout raide et sans vie !

Pour le contraste, tu as sans doute raison, mais je n'aime pas trop retoucher mes dessins à l'informatique. Je préfère les garder "brut", sauf si le rendu à l'écran est vraiment trop différent de la version papier.

Et j'ai du mal avec le Thor de Marvel, depuis que j'ai vu une interview de Stan Lee, par Kevin Smith, où il affirmait avec aplomb que c'est lui qui avait inventé le nom du marteau de Thor, Mjolnir... En fait, c'est surtout avec Stan Lee que j'ai du mal !
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scoundreldaze Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
ingrat inculte!!! Comment tu parles de Stan the Man? C'est bien LUI qui en six jour a créé toute la création, et puis Jésus n'a pas eu ses superpouvoirs parce qu'il est le fils de Dieu, mais parce qu'il a été irradié par des rayons gamma...!
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
'Stan the man', ça lui va bien tiens ! j'ai bien rigolé à ton explication des pouvoirs divins !
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scoundreldaze Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Il nous faudra aussi des noms comme ca!! Benoît "la Noix" et Andy "the Dandy"!!
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Très classe le Andy le dandy ! C'est très rigolo à imaginer !
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Mueslistopheles Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Superb! Love the broken sword, good attention to detail.

I'm currently learning Old English as part of a research degree in Anglo-Saxon history. Beowulf is bedtime reading at the moment! I haven't seen, and don't intend to see, the film ;)
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Thank you.
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cybernetichero Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Which one's Grendel and which his mother? Not seen movie, yet but not expecting much from mainstream cinema any more anyway. I liked the later part of the story (the first of a small[?] collection of similar Penguin Classics editions, love a good saga/folk-epic) where he goes up against a dragon and even though he wins he dies (very teutonic that).:D Love that pencil work and the weather-beaten look of Beowulf himself.
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thanks for your comments. I've not seen the last... hum, 'movie' about Beowulf. This sketch inspired from the Poem (a French translation from old Anglo-Saxon). A very good tale effectively.
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cybernetichero Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I always thought I was a bit wierd when I made pictures based on sagas but since DA I am finding that I am not so odd :D
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
hehe.
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Vaxillus Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
I already like it better than the movie.
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thanks ! The movie is, hum... no comments...
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Vaxillus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I suppose it really wasn't that much of a coment considdering how the movie was, but your drawing really is quite excellent. It gives a very epic feeling.
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thank you, again.
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Braise Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist
By far, the best Beowulf rendition here! Good job. Do those heads belong to Grendel and his mother?
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thank you ! Yes, there are heads of Grendel and his mother.
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RedAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
There :) now I can fullview.
As I said before, the sadowing is neat, as is
his pose.
I haven't had a chance to see Beowulf yet, but I have read the tale. :)
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Rufus-Jr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thank you. The old Anglo-Saxon tale is very good.
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RedAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Agreed :D
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