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The Brown Bear of Norway by Flrmprtrix The Brown Bear of Norway by Flrmprtrix
...crossed with East of the Sun, West of the Moon...and basically the rest of the Aarne-Thompson type 425A/lost husband search/animal groom stories. i've always been in love with these kinds of stories, because the heroine is a true heroine--even if she unwittingly creates conflict, it's hardly her fault for being kept in the dark--and most of the story has her traveling and seeking, enduring trials and meeting challenges to rescue the man-in-distress.

i also know from firsthand experience that running barefoot in the snow is breathtakingly painful.

playing around with a flatter, more cartoon/storybook drawing style than usual. if the bear looks like no true bear species known to man, that's because he's...a magical, enchanted bear. yep. i wanted to portray the brown bear, maybe partly because i've already drawn polar bears: [link].

the border, which was an afterthought, kind of took over and became much more intricate than what was supposed to have been the focus, but it was fun all the same.

and also my first attempt trying to find an answer to the watermark question.

things crammed into this, because i went too overboard with symbols for them not to be known:

eagle
aspen leaf
spindle
spinning wheel (possibly redundant given above)
scissors
apple
carding comb
north wind
west wind
east wind (west wind in drag?)
south wind
greyhound
two halves of a ring
horses
sun
moon
the left and right halves of the Vegvisir, even if it doesn't divide along a north-south axis into east and west halves like a traditional compass, strictly speaking
..i think that's all?

oh, and fingerpainted on ipad with sketchclub.

Please do not repost art without permission or without notifying me.
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:iconnevermore1849:
Nevermore1849 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This looks straight out of a fairy tale book. Well done!
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Digital Artist
I really love artwork for stories and this is right up my street - great details - love it.
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Beautiful storytelling! And nice division of space in the composition!
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, on of my favourite stories :)
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1AmTheIT Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting!
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redambrosia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! The symbology you used is excellent.

I've always loves the tales where the heroine sets out to save a man, be it husband or brother, and proves she's far more than a weak girl.

You should offer this as a print =D
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Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! :D This is incredibly beautiful and fascinating! :D
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you!
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This story intrigues me!
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:iconelenissa:
elenissa Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Fantastic artwork. :wow:
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:iconflrmprtrix:
Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
thank you!
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Neranella Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:rose:
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AlizaFoxx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
East of the sun, West of the moon was one of my favorite stories as a kid. Love your work!
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
one of my favorite stories as well, thank you!
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AlizaFoxx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ive been reading the Orphan tales by Catherynne M Valente. you should check it out. it produces a lot of inspiring images. :)
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Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
This is amazing! I would love to able to use this picture, along with others, to clad the walls of a space we are going to use for a reading event, on November 17th in Milan: would you mind that? Of course I would fully credit you and all the terms in your license will be respected.

Thanks,

C.R. Shelidon
www.bolgeri.it
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks for the compliment, and for asking for permission first, I really appreciate that. As long as you fully credit me and aren't selling anything, permission is granted for using this at yourreading. I'm flattered you like it! Out of curiosity, what the topic of the reading? i'd love to hear more.
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Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I am preparing the credit labels: would you like to be credited simply as ~Flrmprtrix or would you prefer also a real name to be included?
Let me know.

Shel
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Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thanks! The readings will be mostly from J.R.R Tolkien, but we are planning also some readings from other books that inspired him. There will be also a calligraphy workshop, people drawing and sewing, music and food. It's going to be fun!
Thanks a lot again, I'll post some pictures of the whole thing after the 17th.
Kind regards,

C.R. Shelidon
www.bolgeri.it
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celinaclraw Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my, this is truly amazing!
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
thank you :-)
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the decorative border! It reminds me of children's books. The painting is also very beautiful!
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks, that's what i was going for!
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Dreaminghazel Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Being a symbolism junky myself; I really enjoy all that you've incorporated. The scrolls at the top and bottom make it, for me, and I love how you worked the constellations.
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks! something was definitely missing before i added the border, and i wasn't sure about playing fast and loose with known constellations, so i'm glad you like them. ;-)
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WolfDiabolique Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read that last bit as fingerpainted on an iPhone, and was like, holy [expletive referring to fornication]! That would have been SCARY.

But still awesome. I have no idea what half of those symbols represent, by the way.
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
heh, nope, though a bunch of my other digital stuff was produced on iphones, on both the old, lower-rest model and newer one.

wikipedia gives versions of both stories that cover the symbols.
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Oukami-SuGo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! =)
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DailyBird Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely breathtaking!!! :love: I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful I think this is. The concept is lovely and the symbolism is epic :D
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks so much for comment!
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DailyBird Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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number1alesanafan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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balletvamp Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Gorgeous, as always :D
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Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks, hon! and btw, i miss your face. :-P
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balletvamp Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I miss your face terribly!
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