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Baba Yaga's Nightly Ride by windfalcon Baba Yaga's Nightly Ride by windfalcon
This is the second illustration for my Baba Yaga illustration project. Each night, it is said, she rides through the forest in her mortar, rowing with a pestle and sweeping away the tracks with a broom. I didn't portray the broom here, since I felt the composition worked better without it.

And of course, that charming house balanced on a chicken leg, surrounded by a fence of glowing skulls, waits for her return.

Watercolor and colored pencil on illustration board, 9X12 inches.
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
This is so creepy yet beautiful. I like how thin she is. Thank you, in name of all Slavs.
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apeman505 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that story, but I ain't heard it in so long that I forget how it goes. I remember the mortar and pestle, the chiggin' foot house, and the skulls, but I don't remember a broom or the glowingness of said skulls....

She looks friggin' awesome! :)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Though I'm not sure where the broom is that you're referring to.
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apeman505 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I was talking about the broom you mentioned in your artist's comment, where she uses it to steer her mortar.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! Sorry, I completely forgot about that. :D Yes, in the story I read, she rowed with a pestle and swept the tracks away with a broom, but I thought the composition worked better with only the pestle, so I omitted the broom.
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Olvium Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice one, great capture of movement.
Baba Yaga kostinaya noga! ;)
I love Russian tales, they made my childhood better :)
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Terrible-Doll Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
What a great present for all Russian like me :)
terrific artwork, man. just is awesome!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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LuvLoz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that it seems dark, so you can tell it's night, without losing contrast.
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GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is freaky, yet very nicely done and cool :D good job
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Student General Artist
Awesome drawing and well done. She be very creepy indeed. Love the coloring and perspective. ^_^
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faile35 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Great interpretation of a rich and fun character! =D
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Isa-WP Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Baba Yaga is one of my favourite fairy tale/legendary charaters, though she isn't so nice...
I like your design of her. Did you made her arms so skinny to make them look like a chicken legs (you know, house on chicken legs, chicken legs are quite skinny...)?
I love the grass!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I made her skinny since she's often described as being skeletal. :) And the allusion to the chicken leg works well, too, I think.
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Isa-WP Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
:nod: You're right. Most witches are described as skinny, or skeletal. I guess it was just my twisted mind that saw the connection between those two =P. Thank you for your reply.
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Malbi88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
awesome! love the wrinkles and gaunt limbs of Baga Yaga and the detail on that chicken leg is very nice, you even put in some feathers sweet.
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Jailough33 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
The coloring turned out great! :clap:
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Fazzey Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
You colored it!!! Awesome!! I still love the house on chicken legs.=D That part of the stories has always been my fav!
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this one a lot. I really like all the details you've put into it. She looks especially evil too. Nice work!
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
A fantastic job on it! :w00t:
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mamacateyes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
wonderful...
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PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The perspectives are wonderful.
I love the soft, flowyness of your colouring&style, contrasting with the hardness of Baba and her bony features.

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