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Ancestors by sphinxmuse Ancestors by sphinxmuse
I've been working on this piece on & off for about 2 years. I'm not sure what to title it yet so I'm tentatively calling it "Ancestors" for now. My ACEO Huldre was the precursor to this image. It's rare that I will deliberately choose to depict the same figure twice, but this particular one was really calling out for a more thorough treatment. You can also see an in-progress shot here.

The main figure is my own personal interpretation of Frau Holda ghostly emerging from the mound. The image gives the impression of being a scene from a bygone time, but upon closer inspection there are modern elements to elude to the fact that She's not just a figure from the past.

Media include: ballpoint pen, colored pencils, watercolor, and colored inks on toned paper.

Edit August 30, 2010: I finally got around to re-scanning this image so that all the creatures in the lower right hand side are visible. Some of them were cut-off in my previous version since the whole piece would not fit on the scanner. I'm also now offering prints of this piece!
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Given 2012-06-20
Ancestors, a surrealistic piece by ~sphinxmuse. Beautifully painted with an impressive amount of details. ( Featured by SRudy )
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klacinda Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
love your style
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent!!!
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AngelesLaVeau Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been a fan since the first painting I saw in your gallery. This is just as incredible as the others... only this one I believe has gone above and beyond... Congratulations on the DD.
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Rathsi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional
I adore your style. I like the imagery of changing form ... my kind of art! The hare is exquisitely done.
At your leisure check out my work [link] .
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klavitur Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
May I draw her head? (: I totally understand if I may not.
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deivys20071 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
congratulations¡¡
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Tahyon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amamzing, congrats for DD, well deserved !:clap:
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Medusas--Lair Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I Love images within images, and you have done a magnificent job on this piece! Very precise, yet surreal at the same time!
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teodoratan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
More then great:)
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Wackyjax Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit of a Brian Froud-ish influence? ;P
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NasrR Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
It's amazing and beautiful.
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PhalliQueen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
two years! isn't that something. this piece is definitely a favorite in my book.
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Lea5000 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Now this piece deserves a dd! It is wonderful. Great work!
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Some really cool surreal art :D
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Clare-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Wow, that is really cool.
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ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool
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thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful, etheral surreal. all positive superlatives I can find+ more. great work.
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GinaMangrove Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome! I can't believe you worked on this for 2 years! It was worth it, great work! :D
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Maraqua Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, this is one of the most DD deserving pieces I've ever seen. 2 years is a really great amount of time. Wonderful job!
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TheNagamTime Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
really inspiring
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AndreSintenie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely magical piece! You deserve all the praise!
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saffyminty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an amazing piece of artwork! I love this, it is a very different and imaginative idea :D Great Job :meow: This well deserved to be a Daily Deviation :heart:
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KXZXW Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
This would be a cool experimental metal album cover or something haha
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Wildpink3 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW! I really have to look at this to get it all then go back and look some more . Its great.
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Kaixue Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist
that is gorgeous :)
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Flowerchild229 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Beautiful, I love how in depth the details are!!
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DALover26 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At first, when I saw it, I thought that it was great. The fantasy theme is AMAZING! but, when I had a closer look, I saw that there were many little designs in the trunk, or dress. That just looks AMAZING!!! I absolutely love it!
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Urikedi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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DarkEmber41 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i just came back from a trip to europe and while in paris we saw a Salvidor Dali exibit. this is so sureal it reminds me of some of the sculptures we saw.
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :iconclappingplz:
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sachalkhan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is genuinely amazing.
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15LuccaHunter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME... I love fantasy styles :)
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deadbrotherbear Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
The hare on the right side is epic......awh the Whole piece is EPIC!
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jlkrause Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello, I'm the art editor for the online arts magazine Murmurations. I was wondering if you would be interested in submitting some of your work to our magazine. The site is www.murmurationsmagazine.com. Let me know if you have any questions.

Janelle
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Marla-chan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
fascinating
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CuteMeKitty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
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CuteMeKitty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
This is so beautiful I love it
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nataroque Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
just beautiful
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HEY!!! That's my great-great-great-great-aunt Grisaelda!!!!
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
really cool.
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ChadComics Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your choice of colors in this otherworldly masterpiece!
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Meruka7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I get lost in all the details :D
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Anti-nutella Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing. Beautiful and surreal. I love it.
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Valkyriestears Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and really reminds me of Brian Frouds faerie paintings. Beautiful details and style. :)
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ctacd Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I am so impressed, love everything about this brilliant work!
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
The Three Fates: Clotho! Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos were the Three Fates of ancient Greek mythology. Clotho spun out the thread of life, Lachesis wove it into a tapestry and Atropos cut it off at the end. This one is spining a thread, so it must be Clotho, as represented by the church organ section of this music [link] [Emerson, Lake & Palmer's The Three Fates]. Just by coincidence I recently submitted Atropos [link] to our features gallery.
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fotojak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a wonderful work of art :clap:
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Tite-Nelfe Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This really reminds me the book from a french author I recently read: [link]

This drawing is absolutly stunning and well done ! Congratulations for the DD, it's really deserved ! :).
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Ilovebabyblood Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! I love all the other little creatures under her :D and the power lines :3
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DarthMalicious Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
wow, wonderful! :]
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