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Ringerike Porcupine

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Commission for client :iconedge-chan:.

Edge wanted a porcupine design that would later translate into a pendant. However, her request was for an old Scandinavian style.
Of the 6 eras that were distinct in the art of the Viking era, one of the least popular celebrated is the Ringerike style; even thought the second last era, it was overshadowed by the Urnes era, immediately succeeding it [and the Oseberg Era- the first era-, for it's rare, scarcity amount of artifact in comparison].

I decided to select this style since the content- a porcupine- could benefit visually from the characteristic "horns" that embellish most of the beastly figures.
Since the execution of the design is very plain [in the sense that it was going to be a simple vector of the creation of the pendant], I decided to embellish it at least for the client. I made it look like one of my many illustration for University, when documenting the figures.
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Ganja-Shark's avatar
They redesigned the images by the way, if you haven't seen it yourself yet

www.hypable.com/ilvermorny-hou…


Funny how the rest were plagiarised too, heh. Good that they owned up to the mistake.
MaryHorse1's avatar
Ya I was just about to say this is stolen from you by Pottermore and jk what a disgrace, hope u get justice and love the design btw ♡
tarkheki's avatar
Really appreciate that!
I'm sure this is a BIG miscommunication on their behalf- when franchises get so big, the artists that are hired do to design work are sometimes questionable... I just want to bring their attention to it. Thanks for the well wishes! :heart:
MaryHorse1's avatar
Your very welcome and I'm glad to have come across ur account I love a lot of your work and am still looking at it all ♡
GallifreyanOceanSoul's avatar
Hey, I think you should know that Pottermore/JK Rowling's design team plagiarized your artwork for their Pukwudgie Ilvermorny design.

My friend analyzed the plagiarism in this blog post
tarkheki's avatar
Thank you so much- I am in the process of dealing with this now. I really do appreciate the vigilance you folks have with identifying art theft! It means the world to artisans like me who cannot track their artwork single handedly around the world. Thank you again! <3
harrellgirl's avatar
Please keep us posted on it! Were the other pieces/houses made from yours too? (I'm faving this, because it's beautiful, and I want to fav the others if you have them.)
tarkheki's avatar
No, only this one was copied. The others looks like bad google searches as well. Such a pity. 
harrellgirl's avatar
How are things going (I don't know how much you might be allowed to talk about)?

Also, when I went through your gallery, I realized that my friend and I were HUGE fans of your Inuyasha stuff, when we were in high school (and still love them)!
Elgomaisa's avatar
The other images came from a tattoo circulating around Pinterest (in silhouette), an image from a pagan author's book (Magickal Mystical Creatures: Invite Their Powers Into Your Life by D. J. Conway, page 118, seen here, hopefully), and a tattoo concept created on a personal website (seen here). 

Whoever did this stole from four separate artists.
harrellgirl's avatar
Wow, how horrible :( I hope the one(s) who stole them get in a whole heap of trouble! They'll probably just try to pay the artists off, though, so they don't have to change the images/admit what they did >_>
Elgomaisa's avatar
I'd rather they change the images.  Aside from this one and the Horned Serpent they're pretty low quality.  The styles don't even match up either.
harrellgirl's avatar
I hope they change the images, too.  Have the styles not only match each other, but also the culture(s) they're supposed to reflect.  While they're at it, fix the cultural appropriation behind the school's story...
Elgomaisa's avatar
...in the story?  Are you talking about the inclusion of pukwudgies or something else?  Because I didn't feel there was much going on in the story.  She appropriated Harry's backstory however.
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Ganja-Shark's avatar
Yeah, wanted to post about the same thing.

It's obviously not only stolen, but even traced...

I love how they had no idea this was a native creature drawn in a scandinavian style and they essentially copied it mindlessly - assuming that the style is native too.
It's so cheap.
vaughnerich's avatar
fyi theres a reason, the founder of Ilvermorny was from Ireland.
Ganja-Shark's avatar
....Ireland is not scandinavian omg ahahah

I think youre confusing it with iceland...
vaughnerich's avatar
no i just meant that theres reason its european in general, i interpreted you meant the problem was that it was not a native american art style not that it wasnt an irish art style.
Edge-chan's avatar
Besides my pic is from a Porcupine as animal, no as a troll with porcupine quills.
nornegast's avatar
Hi, I#m working with leather and would like to take this one of one side of my new wallet.
tarkheki's avatar
Hello!
Sorry, however this image is property of the commissioner- I give no permission to re-use any of my images, not without payment, and sometimes not at all.
PTPenguino's avatar
I did not realise this style had a name. Thank you!
tarkheki's avatar
This is only one of 5 distinct styles of the Viking Era. But yes- they ALL do have names! :)
PTPenguino's avatar
In 2nd Grade, my class had a Viking History unit (LoL Minnesota). The paper I wrote, on the likelihood Lief Ericsson visited North America, was bordered with pictures of animals, in some approximation of this style. It is really fun to learn more, so many years later.
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