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Urnes Stag of St. Eustace

Normally I don't upload "sketchy" pics to my main gallery, but I liked how this one came out. We just got back from vacation to the Norwegian fjords, where we visited (among other places) the Urnes Stave Church, which I'd long wanted to see IRL. We stayed nextdoor at the farm which raises red deer, and I was inspired to draw the Stag of St. Eustace along with the famous knotwork carved on the side of the church. I drew it in the farm's guestbook at the little "Stabbur" in which we stayed, and took this photo of it since I couldn't scan it...thus it's not the best quality. I really love drawing Norse knotwork (it's more challenging than Celtic, IMO), so expect to see more of it from me in the future. :)

Please note! If you happen to see this design printed on clothing items, wooden iphone cases or stickers, please know that it was done WITHOUT my permission, and that those designs are STOLEN; I received no payment for any of them! Please report them (and notify me) whenever you see them being sold anywhere, as I have never sold copyrights to this particular design to any company. Thank you! <3 More info here:………
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780x898px 737.04 KB
Shutter Speed
10/800 second
Focal Length
15 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 30, 2007, 9:12:36 AM
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Gallant67's avatar
I found your picture as I was looking for design ideas for something to go with my celtic cross tattoo.  I had searched for wolves, bears, and then decided to try stags when I found this design and it is a beautiful sketch.  Before I would do anything I would like to ask your permission to use the sketch.  I'm new to the site so I wasn't sure how to do this?