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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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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
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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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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elenissa Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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