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The Neck

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The Neck or "Näcken" in Swedish.

Edit: Closeup here [link]

The background story: The Neck, Näcken is a male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown in lakes or streams. In some legends he plays totally naked and in others he wears more or less elegant clothes. He is a shapeshifter, but almost always described as very attractive.
If you brought the neck a treat of three drops of blood, a black animal, some brännvin (Scandinavian vodka) or snus (wet snuff) dropped into the water, he would teach you his enchanting form of music.
He was thought to be most active during Midsummer’s Night, on Christmas Eve and on Thursdays.

Credit:I used a gorgeous stock photo from nobledeath-stock [link] as reference for the neck.
Photoshop CS2+wacom graphire 4 tablet, worked off/on for a week.

:star:Copyright © Maria Friberg Berntsson. You may not use my art in any way without my written consent. Please, feel free to contact me, either here by note or via my site Huldra Art
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MFCarter's avatar
Love, really love this image. Thanks Sussi1
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underbart! bra jobbat! :)
kh4l's avatar
oh darling it moves me 2 tears! YOu've really captured how much of a genius he is rendring it thru a fantastical quality. Almost enough to make me write again! thank u so much~!
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I love it; so mysterious.
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its wonderful, magic, misticm sensual, I love it
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:wow: This is lovely! :heart: I love the painterly style, it makes the piece feel very ethereal and inviting--which fits since this fellow's job is to enchant women. ;) He's very handsome too (I love his hair, it's fantastic!). All the details are amazing too, like the water lilies, the highlights of the violin strings, even the pointed ear and the earring! :) You did a great job, keep up the good work! :clap: :+fav:
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Hi, Love your work - this has been featured here [link] ! Have a wonderful day!
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Hello, I am a student on an online high school class on Folklore and Literature: Myths, Magic and Rituals for The Virtual High School ([link]). I was asked to find a picture to get more people interested into Folklore. I believe that this picture symbolizes what Folklore is and how it relates to the paranormal. I will cite where the image is from. May I ask for permission to link this image?

Thank you!

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:iconthemalesoul: Your amazing work has been FAVED by TheMaleSoul - showcasing and promoting Male Beauty in Art :love:
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This amazing piece has been included in Daily Deviation Suggestions for July 2010 - a collection of deviations I suggested to be featured as daily deviations. I want to say that your work has deeply touched me so I hope you will also like the feature and perhaps leave me a comment. Thank you for sharing your glorious work with us! :thanks:
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omg.. whoa.. this is absolutely amazing ;D :clap:
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I don't know what to say, it's just so wonderfull....Wow!
BluAmu's avatar
so a neck is something like a kelpie then??

Very interesting lore and even more interesting picture. Nice. :D
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pretty detailed, i like the background but the fabeo is a turn off, unless the OC can get a rollarcoaster with some dead birds on that elvean guys face.
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so so...beautiful
temptedblue's avatar
This is amazing :) mesmerizing! please keep up the good work!
ViolaLover03's avatar
This is an exiting folktale to bring to life, and it was done so beautifully!
DreJay's avatar
I'm lost in the imagery. Fantastic.
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Everthing about this picture is flawless :heart: Really fantastic job
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