...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:
spinning wheel (possibly redundant given above)
east wind (west wind in drag?)
two halves of a ring
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.
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