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Beowulf by Snow-Monster Beowulf by Snow-Monster
It's been a while since I've sketched something from the heroic Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf. Primarily inspired by the layout and illustrations of the great Drew Struzan and the amazing inkwork of Frank Cho I finally managed to get some concepts that had been collecting dust onto paper.  I've always wanted to try the poster-like look that Struzan masterfully achieves and I'm sure there wil be many more, but this allowed me to play with some ideas and it didn't turn out too badly.

From left to right is a selection of highlights of Beowulf's life - a montage if you will. First the hero sets sail from Geatland to assist the Danes. Viking longboats are some of the coolest looking vessels you'll ever find and I couldn't resist designing one for the Geatish warrior. The sea monsters are probably the same ones he encountered with Breca years before in their swimming match. I wanted the creatures to look like a cross between a prehistoric eel and the popular conception of the Loch Ness Monster.

In the center Beowulf triumphantly brandishes the arm of Grendel in the halls of Heorot. Meanwhile the threat of Grendel's mother, the swamp-hag from hell, looms over the festivities in the mead-hall. In my mind she is more spindly and nasty than her son, (seen here) overgrown with fungus and algae matted throughout her hair and body in her old age.

Finally, the warrior in all his proud glory. Norse and Icelandic armor is so fun for me to draw. There is a distinctive look to it that evokes real strength and nobility while never being confined to one particular or set design and pattern. The sword Naegling helps tie the whole piece together and lend an historic and archaic feel to the illustration. The Beowulf script is meant to resemble the Futhorc Anglo-Saxon runes. Plus I had to include the dragon. As J.R.R.Tolkien once said, " It’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons."

The poem of Beowulf is so visually strong with it's landscapes and spectacular in it's set pieces and creatures that I'm a little surprised that more artists haven't delved into its rich texts as a resource for creativity.

Done with ballpoint pens.
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is AWESOME.
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks !
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you sir!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
 Thank You for posting such work to be appreciated!:) (Smile) 
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radawolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic work!! :dummy:
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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radawolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
anytime ^_^
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Art-2-Go Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great story. I read it in class about a year ago
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really is! Good to know it's still being read out there.
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Love the color separation breakdown.
Nicely done.
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much obliged, I'm pleased you like it.
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Jonakra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Ooo, I like it! :D
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you do. Thank you.
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