A mini series of ink paintings I did. I got the opportunity to get some gold and rainbow foil prints made so I took the chance to do an idea I have had for a long time now. Lately I have found myself very inspired by the Finnish mythology and especially the folk beliefs and the respect for nature and wildlife. I chose to illustrate some of the most powerful/important creatures for this series.
The swan, the traveler between the land of the dead and the land of the living. The sole drifter in Tuoni, the river of death.
The moose, the king of the forests, the powerful spirit animal and guide of many people.
The bear, the most respected, beloved and feared of them all, kin to man, the sacred spirit animal.
I can't wait to get to see how the prints turn out! Might paint more old gods in the meantime.
I hope you like them!
Media Parker Quink | Gold ink | Arches cold press watercolour paper
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The scenery you described sounds amazing. I really love that kind of lake scenery. I especially enjoy going to forests and nature trails around this time of the year. Clear days are nice and all but nothing is as atmospheric as a still, silent lake in late autumn wit fog swirling over it. Needless to say it's very inspiring to me.
Gods, I was desperate to give logic to the existence of werebear in my story, I was already giving up and then you appeared. THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR UPLOADING THIS BEAUTIFUL DRAWING
Now I have a huge interest in Finnish mythology, I am going to dedicate a thorough investigation even if English is not my native language. If you can recommend me where to start or if you know more stories about bears or their symbolism in other mythologies, please tell me