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I suppose my gallery is kind of small and it doesn't really grow that fast either. I wish it did. But it takes a lot of time painting one painting. And, of course, there are also a lot of failed attempts/abandoned works I'm not letting you see. I know my work isn't the greatest, but despite all my rantings in the descriptions I am sort of happy with it. Most of the times.

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My Favourite Art on DA

Here are the works that managed to catch my attention, whether out of envy -I sometimes even depress myself into an inferiority complex going through this list- or admiration, whether they made me smile, laugh or whether they truly inspired me.

I wish I could say I commented on each one, but I'm sometimes guilty of fave-running. I hope to keep that to a minimum in the future.

But if your work is in here, you can be assured that it made a lasting impression. I probably loved it. Very much.


Odin, the Allfather by Vyrilien
Odin, the Allfather

Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn, Wóden in Old English) is one of the most complex and enigmatic characters in Norse mythology. He’s the chief of the Aesir tribe of deities, yet he often ventures far from their kingdom, Asgard, on long, solitary wanderings throughout the cosmos on purely self-interested quests. He’s a relentless seeker after and giver of wisdom, but he has little regard for communal values such as justice, fairness, or respect for law and convention. He’s the divine patron of rulers, and also of outcasts. He’s a war-god, but also a poetry-god, and he has prominent transgender qualities that would bring unspeakable shame to any traditional Norse/Germanic warrior. He’s worshiped by those in search of prestige, honor, and nobility, yet he’s often cursed for being a fickle trickster. 

In modern popular culture, Odin is often portrayed as being an eminently honorable ruler and battlefield commander (not to mention impossibly muscular), but to the ancient Norse, he was nothing of the sort. In keeping with his associations with sovereignty, Odin doesn’t generally concern himself with average warriors, preferring instead to lavish his blessings only on those whom he deems to be worthy of them. He maintains particularly close affiliations with the berserkers and other “warrior-shamans” whose fighting techniques and associated spiritual practices center around achieving a state of ecstatic unification with certain ferocious totems animals, usually wolves or bears, and, by extension, with Odin himself, the master of such beasts. He is often accompanied by his animal companions— the wolves Geri and Freki and the ravens Huginn and Muninn, who bring him information from all over Midgard—and Odin rides the flying, eight-legged steed Sleipnir across the sky and into the underworld. The weekday name Wednesday derives from the Old English name of the god: 'Woden's day'.… and Wikipedia

Painted for my aunt's sixtieth birthday and heavily based on a linen placemat depicting Odin she gifted us a long time ago. Spent much of my childhood breakfasts fawning over the pretty picture. I plan to then print this on a placemat as a present for her birthday. You know, for shits and giggles. Though the comedic value sort of hinges on the question whether or not she even remembers or recognizes the design. She's also an artist, so here's to hoping she won't immediately zero in on all the issues with it. Original design can be found here: I have no idea who to credit as the labelling has faded beyond legibility over time.

On a personal note: I'm still alive! I don't paint much these days. And I probably won't for another year or so, because I'm off to study in China for a year! (So excited) This was kinda a big test for me. To see if I could still finish a painting that is. Is it too dark? I have a feeling it is. It always is. Let me know. Curse me and my big penchant for dramatic high-contrast lighting. Also: not lore-accurate since I based the design almost entirely on the placemat. No black/blue cloak, floppy hat and long gray beard. Sorry ;P


Time Taken: FOREVER (60-70 hours)
Tools Used: PS CS5, Wacom Intuos 4
Credits: My brother's left arm, the horse (jousting) gear as seen on the TV show Merlin, rooster82's amazing chainmail brush…, Vendel spear reproduction…
Hello people!

As you all may (or may not) know it's the voting period for the entries to the Mythical Creatures contest going on deviantART. Voting closes on Wednesday so I figured it's now or never! :) Recently I joined this cool group FeatureChallenge, so I decided to join their Mythical Creatures Feature Challenge.

Here's (some) of the entries that have my enthusiastic vote!

Power to IMAGINE by IosifChezan
If this design or his other one doesn't end up winning, I'm not sure I know what should! Incredibly powerful
East meets West by LindseyWArt
Absolutely badass. What more should I say? Also, this is on a red shirt!
DA Myth challenge: Beware the Kraken by Shockowaffel
Humorous and visually appealing. The pink pops off this design fantastically!
Shaman by Fiesta-kun
Not sure if it could be considered a mythical creature, but this would make for one amazing Tee!
Quarter past six by dyingmoonshine
Absolutely stunning. Love how he achieved so much contrast and vivid colouration with just 5 colours!
Humayun - prophetic bird by Medueljca
I love the style of this one! And who could say no to those beautiful blue hues? They work fantastic on the gray shirt.
The intricacy of this design blew my mind when I saw it!
Cerberus by Ink-Fish
A little dark maybe, but when you look closer you can see the ferocity of this badass design!
Beware the eyes of Basilisk by UrukkiSaki
One of my absolute favourites for obvious reasons. Those colours have never before looked so amazing. And the lines are the best I've seen of all the shirt designs!
Phoenix Rising by queenofeagles
This design certainly deserves a lot more attention. Just look at those details!
six tales (white shirt) by Raldorac
Features multiple creatures in a beautifully harmonious design with fantastically effective colour use! (Just look at that dragon! <3)
Qilin by LhuneArt
Simple but stylish! Love the semi-oriental style of the Qilin! Combined with the back design this makes for an amazing shirt!
Medusa and Quetzalcoatl by OdysseusStone
Medusa and Quetzacoatl? A match made in T-shirt design heaven! Not a personal fan of the colours maybe, but they are styled just right to match each other perfectly.
The Fates (big version) by Chrysalid8
Deserves much more exposure! What a great idea to portray the Fates! The positioning of the figures and the great back design really make this shirt work.
Bloody Full Moon by Mirthrynn
Incredibly effective design. An instant wow when I saw this.
ibong adarna by onelillwitch
Only 17 faves? This gem deserves so much more. Beautifully designed and depicts such an original creature.

I had a few more in mind, but this feature is long enough as it is! If you have the time, have a browse of the entries beyond the popular page; so many great entries can be found there! I'll be curious as to what makes it into the top 100 by Wednesday :) Oh and if you want to join the Feature Challenge, please do!

  • Listening to: Foster the People - Call it what you want
  • Watching: YGOTAS - I need a good laugh every now and then
  • Playing: Batman Arkham City

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Arkiniano Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Thanks a lot for the fave! :D
blackstarlight17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :party: Birthday cake  icon 
Sunrise-LoneWolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! :clap:
IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday! Dean dance 

Hope you had a Great day! You Rock! 
kyubifan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
InkScaled Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Happy birthday birthday cake 
Polardarkness Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Caroline, happy birthday! I hope you are doing well. Again, thank you for your wonderful art ^^, it is really inspiring.
Have a great day!
RinoaBC Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's by GEEKsomniac Happy Happy Birthday Caroline!Cupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's by GEEKsomniac  
KDragan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :)
MrJechgo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Happy B-Day ^_^
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