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Long, long time ago in the lands of the Slavic kingdoms, there
was a group of wandering jesters better known as the
Skomorokhs. They travelled from one village to another and
earned their bread by showing their skills at acrobatics,
juggling, illusion and animal-taming. Lucky was a homeless
child or a youth in need who'd met the Skomorokhs on the road,
for he'd be fed and welcome to join them.

Of course, none of the Skomorokhs, young or old, had an easy
life. Everybody worked and trained very hard to be able to do
things amazing enough to attract people's attention but with
effortlessness and a smile to ensure people won't be terrified
and run away, would watch the whole show AND pay. Learning to
snap your back in half backwards while balancing on a shaking
piece of wood took years of practice, but learning to do all
that with a foolish smile took even longer.

One day when this group of wandering clowns was crossing a
large forest, they suddenly found a crybaby left under an Ash
tree. They took care of it and named the child Yasen, which
simply meant "Ash tree" in the Slavic language. He was almost a
newborn, left in the forest for dying but he had the health
enough for five children and survived there for long hours, if
not days.

The Skomorokhs were really amazed to find such a young child.
Children joined them quite often, but at a much older age. The
thought that this one could be trained since his very infancy
was so promising, but what kind of skills should they teach
him?..

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Sixteen long years passed. It was a big festival and of course
the Skomorokhs were a huge part of the celebrations. After the
animals and jugglers there came clowns who brought a scarecrown
on a stake, took it off and began to twist and bend the
straw-stuffed doll in every possible way. The doll seemed very
firmly stuffed, one could say it had the firmness and weight of
a real human, but the way it was folded, turned, squished and
tied in such sophisticated knots... The crowd only laughed,
thinking the clowns are fooling around with the doll way too
much and look a lot like big and cruel children who'd do
everything with the doll except maybe ripping off its limbs.

After folding and packing the doll into the tightest knot, the
clowns sat on top of it and finally relaxed, pretending to have
fallen asleep, when the doll's arms suddenly came to life and
the doll slapped the clowns asses so hard they jumped high in
the air in surprise! The crowd laughed like crazy, most people
still didn't realize what just happened when the doll began to
move on its own, it stood up and started running away from the
clowns, doing cartwheels, somersaults and rolling on the ground
in the most incredibly flexible ways.

The clowns finally managed to capture the doll and started
pulling its two legs each in his own direction when the doll
suddenly threw off the gloves and took off the mask to reveal
the handsome face of a teen boy who grinned at the crowd,
spreading his arms in the air while hanging in the split
between the two clowns who lifted the bendy boy in the air for
everybody to see him better. The crowd sighed and stood there
with all their eyes popped out while the clowns let the boy's
feet land on the ground and he performed a playful dance to
show he's not only not injured, but not even slightly tired
after all the bendings, and could easily go for ten more rounds
of stretching and twisting!

The introduction part was over and now Yasen could finally show
off his skills to the fullest. He did several cartwheels around
until he stopped by an improvised prop consisting of two wooden
logs placed on top of each other. The boy began by doing a
handstand upon the top log and bent himself until his body
folded and his feet landed upon the log right next to his
hands. He moved the balance on his feet and climbed his hands
upward by the ankles until he managed to grab his legs above
the knees. After getting stable he pulled on the knees and
tightened his fold to the max, then smiled cheerfully at the
crowd, waiting for his well deserved applauds.
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:iconsyodgy:
Syodgy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
Wonderful!
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Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Cool 
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PIDKID Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely work as always  Yuni here's something you may like www.facebook.com/momaspg/video…
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
Yeah I saw it, wish there was more like it in movies
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PIDKID Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ crazy what they were doing never seen it done quite like that before
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taiknight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
great drawing and amazing story XD
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Thanks XD
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Tahldon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a fun story.

Also, I don't think I ever tire of looking at the way you create your characters, I always feel tempted to pick out one thing that drew my attention the most, but then I point to this, then to that, then to those, and before I realize it, I've picked every little detail on the artwork that I like. Lol.

This one's excellent, such great, dream-like colors. Not to mention, imagining the sheer amount of coordination, flexibility, and balance to do such a feat on wobbly logs. Man, that speaks volumes the amount of skill Yasen has at the art. Sooo good.

Thanks for sharing, Yuni. It's like a present every time I'm able to get enthralled by your art and captivated by your stories.
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
If you ever feel tired of looking at the way I create my characters, you should just relax :D Hahaha! I don't know what's so funny actually... I'll assume it's just the mood ^^

Teehee, I'm very glad you like him! If I was about to make a rainbow of my drawings this would be the orange one I suppose >.>

Yasen is very skillful at acrobatics that's true!! *O* I suppose they really started trained him early >.>

You're very welcome, I'm very happy to know you have fun looking at my art and reading the stories ^-^
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic jester who looks happy to preform.
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Hehe, very glad you liked ^^
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome.
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Roojoeus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
This one is my personal favorite. And I don't know why. It just looks amazing! 
And I'm also so happy that you started to publish on DA something that really should be here. 
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
I'm very happy to know you like him ^^
Hehe, well, I do what I can to upload more ^^
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Roojoeus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Can't wait to see your upcoming works!! 
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Shamaroth Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm happy you're starting to upload more of your unreleased drawings, there was just so much your fans have been missing out on :3
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
I do what I can! :3
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Fedodika Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'd like to see you draw an unattractive character, that'd be interesting... :)
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Fedodika Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ewww Still sexy tho, the bod is too nice!
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:iconyuni:
Yuni Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Well, I don't do requests or challenges, so I just tried to find the best of what I already have drawn in the past :)
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ymom11 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
The advanced slavsquat.
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