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Baba Yaga's Nightly Ride
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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's avatar
This is so creepy yet beautiful. I like how thin she is. Thank you, in name of all Slavs.
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apeman505|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|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Though I'm not sure where the broom is that you're referring to.
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apeman505|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|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|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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What a great present for all Russian like me :)
terrific artwork, man. just is awesome!
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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LuvLoz|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that it seems dark, so you can tell it's night, without losing contrast.
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GreenAngel5|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is freaky, yet very nicely done and cool :D good job
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leo-darkheart|Professional General Artist
Awesome drawing and well done. She be very creepy indeed. Love the coloring and perspective. ^_^
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faile35| Traditional Artist
Great interpretation of a rich and fun character! =D
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Isa-WP's avatar
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|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's avatar
: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's avatar
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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The coloring turned out great! :clap:
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Fazzey's avatar
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|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|Professional Artisan Crafter
A fantastic job on it! :w00t:
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mamacateyes's avatar
wonderful...
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PantherStar613|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.

:+favlove:
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