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RobertoOrtiz
03-19-2005, 02:38 PM
"stories/legends/sayings from your country"

By

RUDEONE

and dont forget to provide topics and source images/video for the next: Matte Wars Forum Topic Suggestions (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=202860)

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We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.


Good luck

-Roberto
PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=145003&perpage=15&pagenumber=1)

jmBoekestein
03-19-2005, 04:10 PM
I'm entering this one right now, witches baby!!!

Rudeone
03-19-2005, 04:48 PM
Hey cool, my suggestion got chosen. Unfortunally I can't participate right now since I'm visiting my parents and don't have my wacom with me, also no Photoshop here *sigh*
Looking forward to see what this topic brings up

paperclip
03-19-2005, 05:59 PM
Interesting!
I have a feeling that there'll be a lot of dutch legends here. Johnny appleseed will be mentioned in passing.
Aaaaa, how am I to choose one out of all the irish legends? There are so many!

robinayles
03-19-2005, 06:14 PM
Paperclip - I'm sure you'll think of something to do with the wee people! :)

Shrink
03-19-2005, 06:29 PM
I keep coming here and seeing now sketches... so here's my attempt!
The story/fable is the Hare and Tortoise:
30 mins, PS.
http://img188.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img188&image=hareandtort9zg.jpg


Yes, I'm a great artist. :p

bealobo
03-19-2005, 06:48 PM
Hey!
I know that one! :bounce:
cool
good job, keep posting

also you can use the mountainslike icon on the top part of the message to link an image so that it is directly displayed.

Falcorr
03-19-2005, 07:15 PM
Nice idea of the bunny and the turtle:) I like that story.

Finland isnt really like full of stories.. So uhm only thing came into my mind was Kalevala..

So here is the scene of mom retrieving his dead son's pieces from the river.
Sad isnt it? .. Anyway read the story of kalevala if interested. Im not gonna explain it any further :wise:

Oh 2 hours with photoshop CS ... no reference used. Clothing would propably done the pic a lot better if i would have searched for early finnish clothing.

http://www.kolumbus.fi/kamarainen.juha/kalevala.jpg

navate
03-19-2005, 08:24 PM
Neat topic! I have a feeling I'm going to spend a lot of time looking up the legends that show up here. I'm such a sucker for this kind of stuff. Aaanyway...

In the Pinelands of New Jersey, USA, there's a legend about the Jersey Devil, or the Leeds Child. The story goes that Mother Leeds, impoverished and distraught at carrying a 13th child, inadvertantly cursed the baby. When it was born, it was hideously malformed and inhuman. He attacked the midwives and then disappeared into the woods, and has since been lurking about the Pine Barrens. There've been many documented sightings and accounts of the Jersey Devil: unearthly screams heard in the middle of the night, strange tracks found, animals mutilated--even a few supposed encounters. He's definately a beloved piece of folklore in my town, heheh. There's a bunch of different versions of what he looks like, but he's always said to have wings, claws, antlers, and to walk on two feet, usually hooved.

1.5 hours.
http://navate.com/images/jerseydevil.jpg

Falcorr
03-19-2005, 08:39 PM
zheees... im getting the chilly williyes by looking at the Jersey Devil and hearing off it. :eek:
You sure thats not a photograph out of it? And you lost your drawing didnt you?

Very good artwork.

Well if you like stories hope you have fun time chasing a english version out of Kalevala :thumbsup:

edit: navate read this! http://www.envasion.net/2001/jersey1.html

yonna
03-19-2005, 08:56 PM
i dont sympathise with his ideas nor did i agree with him being elected as greatest dutchman of all time. I just think his posture, lifestyle and debates were very entertaining to follow. Since his assasination a few years back nothing has been the same in the Netherlands.

ps/wacom/200mins
http://img76.exs.cx/img76/7276/fortuin3vg.jpg

edit: lovely work guys. And for future submitters. Dont hesitate to add a short story with the picture. I really love that.

SoniaNotRed
03-19-2005, 09:04 PM
This was one of my favorites in the topics thread - SO cool!

About the Kalevala:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/

navate
03-19-2005, 09:36 PM
Falcor_: Thanks! I actually read that page a few days ago, strangely. I got into a discussion about the Jersey Devil with an online friend from another state, and we were looking him up together. There's quite an interesting history behind it all.

Cyanid
03-19-2005, 10:57 PM
jannis: heh Pim Fortuyn :thumbsup:
legend for sure...don't know in a positive or negative way

Her0d
03-19-2005, 11:30 PM
Great topic, interesting entries, but im afraid that my english is too weak to write the legend behind the picture below :/ Lets just say its about rather friendly devil/deamon, who lives in a hollow in the willow and sometimes plays sad songs on his violin.
The picture is obviously not finished, but im so sleepy that its easier for me now to write this post with my nose than with my fingers, so i had to stop after:
45 min, Photoshop, mostly playing with colors (they're still a mistery to me :-)

http://ci.com.pl/%7Estf/gfx/rokita.jpg

Kvaalen
03-19-2005, 11:31 PM
About an hour - OpenCanvans.
http://www.kvaalen.com/misc/cheese.jpg

Nice one Falcor, but you have to admit that almost sounds like Kvaalen! :scream:

HellBoy
03-20-2005, 12:17 AM
I can't think of any thing in UK. Guys help
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/mwarsame/richguy.jpg

PS + Mouse = 30min

ysvry
03-20-2005, 01:46 AM
i dont sympathise with his ideas nor did i agree with him being elected as greatest dutchman of all time. I just think his posture, lifestyle and debates were very entertaining to follow. Since his assasination a few years back nothing has been the same in the Netherlands.

ps/wacom/200mins
http://img76.exs.cx/img76/7276/fortuin3vg.jpg

edit: lovely work guys. And for future submitters. Dont hesitate to add a short story with the picture. I really love that.

nice pic of pimmetje, but why on earth has his reflection hair??? :P
" I just think his posture, lifestyle and debates were very entertaining to follow."
that goes for theo too , Holland must be getting dangerous for funny guys.

Rudeone
03-20-2005, 01:48 AM
Hey it's Pim fortuin, never would have thought seeing him on this forum. For those who don't know him (probably most of you) he was a poletician who got assassinated. He had quite some radical ideas about 'problems' here in Hollland. I wonder what would have happened if he wasn't been killed, I know his assassination caused his party to get a lot of votes during the elections, but it didn't work out and the government fell, people needed to vote again to form a new government.
He being elected as greatest dutchman of all time doesn't make sence at all, he
didn't even get the change to prove himself. I bet if they did the elections again Theo van Gogh (recently assassinated filmmaker) probalbly made a good change, stupid.

there's some interesting stories here, I just hope I can join in time

ysvry
03-20-2005, 02:52 AM
hans something put his finger in the dyke and safed the country. some old folk tale lol

ysvry
03-20-2005, 03:01 AM
Hey it's Pim fortuin, never would have thought seeing him on this forum. For those who don't know him (probably most of you) he was a poletician who got assassinated. He had quite some radical ideas about 'problems' here in Hollland. I wonder what would have happened if he wasn't been killed, I know his assassination caused his party to get a lot of votes during the elections, but it didn't work out and the government fell, people needed to vote again to form a new government.
He being elected as greatest dutchman of all time doesn't make sence at all, he
didn't even get the change to prove himself. I bet if they did the elections again Theo van Gogh (recently assassinated filmmaker) probalbly made a good change, stupid.

there's some interesting stories here, I just hope I can join in time

its not stupid its how the people feel. he offcourse wasnt the greatest dutch man off all times but most of the contestants werent. The whole exersice was a copy off that BBC nationalist cock up, just to get money by having ppl to sms in theire votes. I would have voted for jeroen bosch was he electable any way?

Robertt
03-20-2005, 05:30 AM
Inspired by the legend of Rip Van Winkle...

http://img32.exs.cx/img32/5108/cgtalkdailysketchstorieslegend.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

Wacom / Painter / Photoshop / about an hour.

RobertT

Stahlberg
03-20-2005, 06:23 AM
maybe stretching the topic, but here's a legendary swedish character, Pippi Longstocking (the strongest girl in the world)... although she's grown a bit. :) And in the background the legendary swedish midnight sun. Well, sort of.
Photoshop. Sadly it took me 3 hours, I just can't seem to speed it up.

http://www.androidblues.com/pippi.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
03-20-2005, 06:48 AM
maybe stretching the topic, but here's a legendary swedish character, Pippi Longstocking (the strongest girl in the world)... although she's grown a bit. :) And in the background the legendary swedish midnight sun. Well, sort of.
Photoshop. Sadly it took me 3 hours, I just can't seem to speed it up.



Hmm.. Pippi - all grown up, and ready to do the town - well - in a manner of speaking.
"Sadly it took me 3 hours" - Oh you virtuosos - always complaining !!! :D

- Gord

Stahlberg
03-20-2005, 07:09 AM
Thanks, but what I mean is - I can't seem to stop fiddling with details. I can't get it right on the first stroke, and then I obsessively have to massage it, that's what takes most of the time... I wish I could have just hinted at the basic shapes of the dress, for instance, but whenever I try to be looser than this it looks like crap. I'm ok with the background, but that's only because it's easier with landscapes, and I don't really care exactly what it looks like anyway. (Although I wish that was better too, like Enayla's cool backgrounds...)

jmBoekestein
03-20-2005, 07:32 AM
I feel silly,

but in my drunken mood I'll just post me wee, uhm, wip...:shrug: ...

It's the wyvern, or so I've been told. The "Witte wieven" of the marshes. They appear every once in a while either luring people into or sometimes even out of the marshes. Which obviously have been chopped down by our great efforts for progression. OOoow gees, I'm so happy!:twisted: Now I can stare at an empty bog! Joy! This will have to be the final version, I'd say 30 minutes in painter IX. Tried a lot of things and it was fun!

http://img232.exs.cx/img232/8664/ds287locallegends7ta.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us/)
edit: I think those guys weren't even funny, as for theo he didn't even get accepted into filmschool. And the other guy was a stupid SoaB, who didn't know a conversation from a gangbang. They were simple ****s! Anyone voting for them is a simple minded fool, not capable fo seeing the reality of confusion as a tool of warfare. May the smudge be with you!

Enayla
03-20-2005, 07:44 AM
Wow, Steven, that's amazing :D And so wonderfully irreverent, painting Pippi in such a, er, well... saucy manner :] And the background is lovely (so there!)

I'm considering painting 'Näcken', which is a favourite legend of mine, but I have to rest my hand today. Maybe tonight, eh?

jmBoekestein
03-20-2005, 08:10 AM
Seriously!!!

I find it insulting that you post a picture of a ****head who abused the publics ignorance to usurper the time used for elections, have you guys no sense at all? Do you realise the damage this guy would do given the chance? Do you realise what it means if you post a picture of this guy as a LEGEND?!! Even a VBO student would recognise the stupidity in that. I take offense to this and to the fact that Theo van Gogh seems to have something to do with film though I can't imagine what, which is weird knowing that I'm in filmschool. Hmmm...

Gord-MacDonald
03-20-2005, 08:35 AM
A couple of ideas collided in my brain: "silence is golden" and and "Midas"

I wrote a little "legend" born out of this synaptic mishap:

************************************************

Why Silence is Golden


There once was a Kingdom ruled by a very greedy king named Midas.
King Midas was granted the power to turn whatever he touched into gold.
In a greed driven frenzy - he scrambled around touching everything in sight -
including even his beloved daughter.
Midas fell into a deep and profound grief , upon realizing what he had done.
He shut himself away, to repent - far from all things and all people.
But alas! he embraced the silence of his solitude, so perfectly,
That it to became golden.

- Gord MacDonald

*************************************************************

for better or worse - here is the image I came up with as a result:

http://cg2020.com/dailysketch/legendsmidas1.jpg

Falcorr
03-20-2005, 08:45 AM
Stahlberg: Nice one, but wasnt Pippi Longstocking something like 10 year old :D You gave her longstockings a new meaning. She was a tomboy who could lift a horse :thumbsup:
It would take me atleast 30 hours to do something as good. So there wont be anything like that on daily sketch by me.

gordonm: What would king midas do to wall street?

Gord-MacDonald
03-20-2005, 08:57 AM
Thanks, but what I mean is - I can't seem to stop fiddling with details. I can't get it right on the first stroke, and then I obsessively have to massage it,

Careful Steven - you don't want to sound like Salieri complaining about Mozart! :)
Very few get it right on the first take, and even fewer achieve the level of accomplishment that you have achieved (oh my god - am I becoming a "fanboy" :bowdown: ).

But seriously - it is great to see artists of your calibre on the DSG! (Enayla - are you listening?)
You guys give the rest of us so much inspiration, and a realization of just how high the bar can be set. Win-Win!

Gord

Gord-MacDonald
03-20-2005, 09:01 AM
gordonm: What would king midas do to wall street?

WOW! - now thats a "thinker!" ;)

Gord

Amida
03-20-2005, 09:10 AM
Nice pictures evryone! I really like ur Pipi Longstocking (in Holland known as Pipi Langkous :D, that sounds sooo funny :P)! And for all you Brits out there, what do u think of: Jack the Ripper!
That's certainly worth a picture eh? And ofc I can't make one... -_-

Gord-MacDonald
03-20-2005, 09:36 AM
Seriously!!!

I find it insulting that you post a picture of a ****head who abused the publics ignorance to usurper the time used for elections, have you guys no sense at all? Do you realise the damage this guy would do given the chance? Do you realise what it means if you post a picture of this guy as a LEGEND?!! Even a VBO student would recognise the stupidity in that. I take offense to this and to the fact that Theo van Gogh seems to have something to do with film though I can't imagine what, which is weird knowing that I'm in filmschool. Hmmm...

There are many things that ALL of us could protest ethically, politically etc.

Bottom line - this is a sketch group - lets keep the politics out of it - I have lots of opinions, on many socio-political issues - lets try and keep them out of DSG

Cheers
Gord MacDonald

ps - no hard feelings!

Enayla
03-20-2005, 09:47 AM
All right, I sat down and painted Näcken after all. I shall now go rest my arm for the rest of the day, no more computer for me, waah! (I was going to play Thief 3, ah well)

http://www.furiae.com/images/nacken.jpg

'Näcken' is a Scandinavian creature of myth. Up here, in the north part of Sweden, he is described as a gorgeous young male... usually playing an instrument by a body of water - the music so eerie and beautiful it is heart breaking.

Sometimes, people are lured into their deaths by this stunning youth: he will entice them into dancing until they keel over from the effort, or traipsing down into the water so that they drown. Musicians have been known to strike deals with Näcken - in exchange for (I don't recall exactly) blood or your soul.

I originally intended a version of the Näcken legend for my book, but I decided against it (maybe the next one, eh?) (oh, and if you think it looks like a girl, tough luck :] I stick by making mythological, fey creatures androgynous...)

This one took me about an hour and a half, I think. Some references used.

yonna
03-20-2005, 09:55 AM
jmBoekestein: my entry was no political statement, period. You are free not to like it.

Enayla: Lovely. Didnt know that even young males could lure people into death. I only know about the female version; the Rusalka.

Jasel
03-20-2005, 10:18 AM
La llorona (the weeping woman).
If you ever are in the woods of Latin America and suddenly hear a bone-chilling cry... Well, that's the weepeing woman. This is a widespread myth among the population of Latin America. It's the story of a woman who drowned her children, but then repented. She is condemned to roam about the woods as a ghastly apparition who mourns her children with screams of despair.

http://img90.exs.cx/img90/7663/weeper3iy.jpg
http://img90.exs.cx/img90/7663/weeper3iy.jpg

Squibbit
03-20-2005, 10:22 AM
yea stahlberg your Pippi rocks

ps. ok jasel, dat's it, u not gonna get away drowning yoda

j/k



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element5
03-20-2005, 11:38 AM
Hiya all....:)

Gotta love Pippi!!

Some great images and Enayla good to see you back :applause:

Here is mine 30min/wacom/Photoshop7

Ned Kelly .. Australian Legend/Hero/badguy :D

http://img204.exs.cx/img204/7827/nedkelly2ac.jpg

Squibbit
03-20-2005, 12:06 PM
that's so cool, element5, background canvas and all!

never heard of Ned Kelly, or any australian legends really... even
drop bears were virtually unknown to me until 2 months ago, heh.

Could u tell us more of this dude ?

element5
03-20-2005, 12:24 PM
that's so cool, element5, background canvas and all!

never heard of Ned Kelly, or any australian legends really... even
drop bears were virtually unknown to me until 2 months ago, heh.

Could u tell us more of this dude ?

Thanx Squibbit , I have heard of those mysterious Drop Bears....fact or fiction...hehe.
I found this info on a local site.
A brief history of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang

Edward 'Ned' Kelly was the first-born son of an Irish Catholic couple. His father was an ex-convict and mother a migrant. He was born in June 1855 and was executed in 1880 at 25 years of age.

In his teens he was a 'bush-worker' - ring-barking, breaking in horses, mustering cattle, and fencing. From this he graduated to cattle duffing and horse stealing.

During Ned's short life, he was arrested for assault, horse stealing, bank robbery, and finally a reward for £100 was put out for Ned and Dan Kelly for attempted murder of a policeman. Later the reward was increased to £1000 for each of the Kelly Gang for the murder of three policemen at Stringybark Creek.

After more bank robberies, the Kelly Gang's had their 'last stand' in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria, where the gang took 60 hostages in a hotel. In the battle with police three gang members - Dan Kelly, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart - were killed and a wounded Ned was arrested and charged with the murder of a policeman. Ned Kelly was tried and convicted of the murder of Constable Lonigan at Stringybark Creek and hanged at the Melbourne Gaol.

Falcorr
03-20-2005, 01:17 PM
navate!: I was reading off New Jersey devil and all them added up. I had to draw the devil.
So here it is.. Of course its not finnish tale, but i already made kalevala so.

Dont be surprised if somewhere sometime, youre in Jersey Devil Eye.

2-3 hours with photoshop CS.. Thank god no reference!

http://www.kolumbus.fi/kamarainen.juha/JerseyDevil.jpg

jmBoekestein
03-20-2005, 01:43 PM
Wow!

Nice entries everyone, and sorry for the politically oriented remarks. You're right, I'll keep it out of the dsg! My apologies, it was late and I was loaded. Not a very good combination however inspired.:blush:

Enayla,
love your colours and mood there! Really beautiful.

Stahlberg,
I think the clothes worked out really well, in the end. I'm happy your a perfectionist.:)

Stahlberg
03-20-2005, 02:58 PM
Thanks guys.
Ah, Enayla's back! Nice one, as usual amazing light and atmosphere, love the image texture, the skin looks so real and glowing, the bouncing reddish light good touch...
The weeping woman, man, that's scary... but that Yoda comment made me chuckle.
Ned Kelly, good idea... and next, maybe something from aboriginal dream time legends?
Jack the Ripper sounds so inspiring, I'd like to give it a go... :)
Falcor, good sketch, but that Devil seems to have a slightly sad look, that detracts from his scariness (if you were going for scary).

PaemrI
03-20-2005, 03:03 PM
Hello guys and girls, it's been a while (as if you remeber me:D), anyways this is a "quicky", 30 minutes (painter). The beautiful red haired woman in the middle is called a "zana" where I come from and bares a few similarities with "näcken"; i.e her main objective is to lure men into deathtraps. :D

This legend is widely told in northern parts of Albania and Kosova, where I'm from.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/PaemrI/ae17a679.jpg

paperclip
03-20-2005, 03:28 PM
Demne was the son of Cumhail mac Art; a warrior killed before his mother gave birth to him. Fearing for her son's safety at the hands of her husband's killers, she sent him away to be raised by a woman warrior and druidess. They taught him first to be a hunter. When he raced and caught wild deer and brought them back to the women who raised him they decided it was time for him to learn the skills of a warrior.

Not long afterward, Demne came upon a group of boys playing hurley. For several days running he beat them single-handedly, first a quarter of the boys, then half, and finally the entire group. The defeated boys complained about their shameful defeat to their chieftain and at the chieftain's suggestion plotted to kill Demne. They attempted an attack in the water but Demne not only saved his own life but also drowned several of them.

Unable to avoid pursuit by his father's enemies, Demne decided to become a poet. A poet's status in the Celtic society was so high that being a member of that profession would shield him from harm. He took up study with a poet named Finneces who lived near the River Boyne.

The River Boyne was home to a magical salmon that ate nuts from a hazel tree and was known as the Salmon of Knowledge. A druid had foretold that whoever ate first of the flesh of that magical salmon would have knowledge of all things. After many years of watching the salmon, Finneces finally caught it and told his apprentice Demne to cook the fish. A hunter and warrior Demne might have been but those skills would not protect him from the burning his thumb while the salmon was cooking. He sucked his thumb to ease the pain, thereby tasting the salmon. Demne told Finneces what had happened and his mentor decreed that the young Demne was the one intended to eat the salmon and changed his name to "Finn". Henceforth known as Finn mac Cumhail, he received three gifts that would make him a great poet: magic, great insight, and the power of words.

So there you are, the story of Finn mac Cumhail (pronounced Finn MacCool), a very well known story here in Ireland.
GREAT STUFF EVERYONE. Navate's and the weeping woman are both very creepy tales. Enayla and Steven's are, as usual, beautiful. Pim Fortuyn, very funny, even though I've never heard of him!


http://img240.exs.cx/img240/6703/salmon5cd.jpg

AtmaWeapon
03-20-2005, 04:04 PM
Awesome guys! Long time no see... been kind of busy with homework so no time to post. But thought I'd wake up early this morning and do a sketch. I do love the CG!

About 1 hour Photoshop

http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/beiy/cgtalk/sleepyHollow.jpg

Stahlberg and Enayla: It gives me such joy to paint with you guys. You two have been an inspiration for me for many years and today is no different. Man I wish I could paint like you two

Paperclip: That fish is really cool
Falcor: I love all your stuff, but I don't know any of the stories. Care to share?
element5: Australia has a hero that's a shotgun weilding armored dude?! Do tell!
Jannis: nice work man, thats gotta be one of your best yet!
Her0d: I love your style as always. I'm gonna try to draw in that style for a future sketch.

Rudeone
03-20-2005, 04:28 PM
Great work everyone, really interesting to read your stories.

I myself have a great story to tell, I wanna start on it so bad, but I still can't, tomorrow when I'm back home and can pick up my wacom pen again I will start on it right away

Cut-Me-Own-Throat-Dibbler
03-20-2005, 04:36 PM
This is from Tam O Shanter by Rabbie Burns:

For Nanny, far before the rest
Hard upon noble Maggie prest
And flew at Tam wi'furious ettle
But little wist she Maggie's mettle

Ae spring brought off her master hale
But left behind her ain grey tail
The carlin claught her by the rump
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump

http://www.grieve.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/cgt/TamOShanter.jpg

Translation and full poem for the Non Scottish:
http://www.robertburns.plus.com/tamoshanter.htm

2hours/Painter8/Wacom

Falcorr
03-20-2005, 05:03 PM
This has definetly been my favorite daily sketch. Not only because ive been so happy with my own efforts, but of all the cool stories and artworks :)
paperclip: Never heard of that kind of story. Good picture. He looks like a giant.

Stahlberg: Ummm well it seems he looks sad or you dont scare easily :D I didnt want to draw all scream monster. Just the look when you behold it into eye. And think oh my god its gonna eat me! Hope the door holds and the devil goes away.

AtmaWeapon: First one is from Kalevala its finnish story of sorts.. Extremely long..like lord of the rings a full book size. SoniaNotRed found a place where it is translated so read this part
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/kvrune14.htm death of Lemminkäinen , rune XIV
also read rune XV Lemminkäinen's restoration.

My second picture is a take on story told by navate about New Jersey Devil. Look up it over internet.. Pretty scary. I think there is a monster there :wise:

paperclip
03-20-2005, 05:14 PM
Thanks-- well, here in ireland most of the stories AREN'T about leprechauns, believe it or not. Most of them have to do with warriors, lords, poets and that sort of thing. Finn McCool and Cuchulainn are the most famous warriors-- it was a war between them that caused the creation of the Giant's Causeway. They are giant sized men... there's a funny story where Finn McCool, afraid of Cuchulainn, dresses up as a baby in order to fool him and then bites off his finger. Realising he's been had, Cuchulainn goes on the warpath and tears up pieces of the ground and throws them into the sea after Finn...this makes up the Aran Islands (some also maintain that this is how the giant's causeway came about.)
My future sister in law loaned me a copy of the Kalevala. Lots of bears in it. I love your pic Falcor. Really sad and great colours.
This is a really cool thread, very personal isn't it, makes everyone patriotic?\
I'd like to see a jack the ripper pic. Come on, where's a londoner when you need one?

Squibbit
03-20-2005, 05:21 PM
Finn McCool , now there's a name.

Hey Sonianotred,thanks for the cool link, was fun to read Kalevala in english!
You read all that yourself ?

Jasel
03-20-2005, 05:28 PM
ok jasel, dat's it, u not gonna get away drowning yoda

Hehe... there seems to be a certain resemblance, yes. Though I don't think Yoda would be that easy to drown...

http://img128.exs.cx/img128/5881/weeper29zh.jpg

Her0d
03-20-2005, 05:33 PM
Her0d: I love your style as always. I'm gonna try to draw in that style for a future sketch.
Thanks, AtmaWeapon, but in my opinion my style is just a mixture of bad habits - one from pencil doodling (loose, unprecise lines) and one from acrylic painting (these colors on the screen are just hard to control, and they always come out wrong :-) But as they say: de gustibus non est disputandum, so anyway - thanks again :-)

Robertt
03-20-2005, 05:33 PM
Great additions since last I visited thist thread :)

Started this one last night and finished it this morning...

http://img183.exs.cx/img183/5108/cgtalkdailysketchstorieslegend.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

Wacom / in all around 80 minutes / painter + photoshop

robertT

Squibbit
03-20-2005, 05:44 PM
haha light saber ,funny , Jasel. Yea good to see him better :D , I never
believed he'd be so easily defeated either

coCoKNIght
03-20-2005, 05:47 PM
http://www.fabianhernandez.ch/images/cgtalk/lengend.jpg


I don't know if I remember this story correctly:

Up in the mountains there were some people who wanted a bridge but were unable to build it so the devil came and offered them to build them the bridge if they gave him a vergin after he had completed his task. The people agreed not believing the devil would be capable to do the bridge. But the devil built the bridge and now wanted the virgin. Aaaaand, then I think the people trickt the devil somehow :) sorry, don't really remember...

picture made with painter essentials 2 and photoshop cs
and it's the first image I made with my new wacom :)
time: ~2h

Squibbit
03-20-2005, 06:19 PM
coCoKNIght, I've heard a similar story, the devil wanted the souls of the first five
who crossed the bridge so when the bridge was finished the villagers sent five
ducks across it

JVaughan
03-20-2005, 06:25 PM
Most American Legends are based more in fact than anything else. So I opted to paint Custers and and his 647 troops entering the Little Big Horn Valley. The pages of the United States history seem to be written blood, but I guess that doesn't make them too much different than everyone else. I can say one thing about the west. Regardless of what happens here, at least the scenery is nice.

http://www.jvaughan.org/images/LastStand.jpg

1.75 hours, PS, Intuos 3, Enjoy

-Josh

SpeccySteve
03-20-2005, 07:02 PM
Prehistoric beastie or fictional tourist magnet?

It's the Loch Ness monster! Painter, tablet about 40 mins - an hour.


http://i145.exs.cx/img145/1779/lochness5os.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

offbeatworlds
03-20-2005, 09:39 PM
Anyone living in Minnesota will know who Babe the Big Bull Bull is. He was always my favorite tall-tale character. I had to do him. Couldn't resist. He's the oversized ox pet that belongs to the famous Paul Bunyan.

About 40 minutes in Photoshop.

http://thecoloreddragon.home.comcast.net/images/artpics/bluebabe.jpg

Stahlberg: Wonderful piece. Pippi sure does look grown up! I love her pose so much, it makes me want to cry...just kidding. But it really does look great.

Enayla: Beautiful picture as always. The green background is so striking and I love the composition. The placement of the subject is great.

Everyone's doing such wonderful pieces! Makes me jealous! LOL

SoniaNotRed
03-20-2005, 10:29 PM
Squibbit - Weeell... I don't think I have read ONE page of the Kalevala yet. :blush: Mythology is sort of a hobby of mine and I go a lot to that website (no money for their CD:sad: ) so the link was in my favorites awaiting my attention.


And here is my VERY humble contribution for today (I'm totally blocked:banghead: )
Since christianity (and the Inquisition) either absorved or destroyed the lore of old, most legends in Portugal are about miracles, witches, mourish princesses and treasures or true historical episodes. Here is one.

The Baker of Aljubarrota
Aljubarrota was the most famous battle ever to take place in portuguese soil. It's named after a village near the battlefield. There, in 1385, the portuguese fought the castilians (as costumary!) to preserve their independence. In spite of the odds the battle was won thanks to clever strategy. The defeated soldiers ran for their lives as the battle turned into massacre.
Now, in the village lived a baker called Brites de Almeida, a tall, strong woman who had since childhood practiced the portuguese marcial art called (literally) The Stick Game (the "stick" being more of a staff-like heavy club).
According to legend, Brites found 7 of the fugitives hiding in an oven and wacked them to death, thus becoming a symbol of the people's bravery and fighting spirit.

http://nekoi.no.sapo.pt/Asai/Padeira.jpg

Stahlberg
03-21-2005, 12:27 AM
Robertt and JVaughan, excellent! SoniaNotRed, promising start, and cool legend. :)
Damn, we should expand this topic to one week, or at least another day - maybe legends from a country next to yours - because it has so much potential, from all over the world.
Ummm well it seems he looks sad or you dont scare easily :D
Well when I think about it, of course I would be scared shitless to see something like that pawing at my door-window at night... eek

Squibbit
03-21-2005, 12:41 AM
Sonia, that is so weird a legend I cannot believe in
portugal if that exists.

there is no way in the universe 7 men could be beaten
1 by 1 in that situation ever

u gotta have clear stuff in your stories and legends,
just like the swedes' Pippi; she's the strongest woman
so there's no need to argue ... u gotta have more
detail if u want anyone to swallow dat oven thing :rolleyes:

Ilikesoup
03-21-2005, 04:47 AM
This one took some thought. The U.S. isn't known for its faerie tales so here's an urban legend:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/ilikesoup2/Alligator.jpg


As the story goes (stop me if you've heard this one ;)) pet stores began selling baby alligators as pets. As the alligators grew and became too much to care for, many families flushed them down the toilet. These alligators survived the flush and grew to full size and are still living in the sewers of New York, dining on rats and the rare sanitation worker.

nakatee
03-21-2005, 06:50 AM
Elisabeth Bathory was the Countess that tortured and murdered several young women and because of this she was known as one of the true vampires of the history. Elisabeth...supposedly bathed in the blood of young girls to maintain her beauty.

done in photoshop 90 min

...sorry something is wrong, I'm not able post my pic...


(http://www.deepec.0catch.com/concept_elisabeth2.jpg)

coCoKNIght
03-21-2005, 07:37 AM
nakatee: I've heard of this story, cool topic. But I can't see your picture... :shrug:

Squibbit
03-21-2005, 08:30 AM
I wish to clarify my previous statement as it
was made rather intoxicated.
So, as my aunt Thunder always says:
"all that glitters is Mexico"

bealobo
03-21-2005, 12:24 PM
Hey Ilikesoup, I´ve heard that story thought a bit different: like it was in Florida and the thing is that the alligators became white as they didn´t receive sunlight and the melanina (or whatever is called in english and in cocodriles) didn´t took coloration or... ehem... yeah! whatever

:thumbsup:

Rudeone
03-21-2005, 12:43 PM
About 700/800 years ago (not really sure) the netherlands didn't exist yet like it does now.
The northern regions were ruled by the 'Friezen' and it was called 'Friesland' (nowadays this is a northern provence of the netherlands, but it still has it's own culture and language, although every citican speaks dutch as a second language). The Friezen weren't about to surrender to the dutch and great battles were fought in those days. The story tells of a man who was really big and strong who always fought in the frontlines, but he was just a simple farmer, his name was 'grutte Pier' (big Pier). The leaders of the dutch received word of this big strong man and decided to kill him. They send a small group of soldiers to look for him. The soldiers crossed the southern sea (nowadays it's a lake, the ijselmeer, different story) and went into the enemys territory. suddenly they saw a big farmer working the land with a plough, they aproached him and asked if he knew where 'grutte Pier' lived. The man took his plough and with one arm he lifted it in the air and pointed it in the direction of a small farmhouse in the distant, he said "there he lives" with his other hand he pointed to his chest and said "and this is the man himself". He than grabbed his plough with both hands and beat all of the soldiers to death with it.

I didn't have much time to do this today, so it looks really crappy, but I wanted to join in, I hope I have some time tonight so I can make a better one, PS about 45 minutes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/rudeone/gruttepier.jpg

SoniaNotRed
03-21-2005, 01:37 PM
Squibbit - I have a bit of trouble with that oven bit myself. I have never seen one big enough for one man to be confortable in. On the other hand, I haven't seen many medieval bakery ovens (could I be using the wrong word?) either. However, on a text about the earthquake of 1755, a guy says that the building collapsed with him on it and that he got out of the rubble trough his nextdoor neighbour's oven, so... I guess they used to be real big.:D

edit: I really didn't tell it very well but it is assumed that they must have left their hidout when she found them (they'd have to either defend themselves or silence her before she got help) and then they fought.


Anyway, if you think this is hard to believe story, you should hear the one about Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro (I think Her0d would love it!:) )

The Damned
03-21-2005, 02:03 PM
In England, Black Annis is a blue-faced (I didnt know this at the time of conception) hag (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/h/hag.html) who lives in a cave in the Dane Hills, Leicestershire. The cave, called "Black Annis' Bower Close" was dug out of the rock with her own nails. Situated in front of it is a great oak in which she hides to leap out and catch and devour stray children (http://69.42.87.214/cgi-bin/ezlclk.fcgi?id=9121) and lambs. Every year on Easter Monday, it was customary to hold a drag hunt from her cave to the Mayor's house. The bait was a dead cat drenched in aniseed.


1.30hr...

Wasnt exactly the effect i wanted but hey...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/Retro90210/Studio/BlackAnnis.jpg

coCoKNIght
03-21-2005, 02:04 PM
nakatee: now I can see the picture and I like it! :thumbsup:

EDIT: The Damned: Wow, that's great too!

LadyMedusa
03-21-2005, 03:52 PM
"Huldra"
She's a woman whit a cow-butt that tricks men to death whit her beautifull voice and bardic magic.
http://www.home.no/medusa/Huldra.jpg
Photoshop CS
around 4-5 hours

I grew up in Huldreveien (the "Hulder-road"), and everybody, including teachers and family, called me "Huldra" or "Lille-Huldra" ("little-Huldra") :D

'Näcken' is a Scandinavian creature of myth. Up here, in the north part of Sweden, he is described as a gorgeous young male... usually playing an instrument by a body of water - the music so eerie and beautiful it is heart breaking. Intresting, here in Norway he' described as an ugly man that lives under whaterfalls and trows lassos at penises to rip them off, atleast in the North of Norway. He's not that famous here in the South tho'

Squibbit
03-21-2005, 03:59 PM
thanks for clearing that up a bit sonja.



---


woman whit a cow-butt that tricks men

lolol

ugly man that lives under whaterfalls and trows lassos at penises to rip them off, atleast in the North of Norway

aargh ROFL

Stahlberg
03-21-2005, 04:11 PM
Cool... and in Sweden the Huldra is also a female creature that lures men to their death, but here she lives in the darkest forests, and if you ever see her from behind she's hollowed out, like a rotten log...

Hm, that reminds me, I should do this legend from my hometown (but I'm afraid I have no time now):
The devil came to a village nearby where I live, about a 100 years ago, and played his magic fiddle (similar to Nacken, and some do say Nacken is the devil), so that the people couldn't stop dancing.
They danced for days, weeks, until they wore away their feet, their legs, their torsos... until only their bobbing skulls were left, and there was a depression eroded into the bedrock... then he danced their souls to hell.
In fact, you can still see that depression there today, I've seen it... the music he played is called Harga-Laten and is still popular, the place is now the goal of a cross-country swedish folk-dance marathon (where that song is played a lot).

Her0d
03-21-2005, 04:13 PM
(...)
Anyway, if you think this is hard to believe story, you should hear the one about Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro (I think Her0d would love it!:) )
Hahah :-) I asked Google about this story just after reading Your post, and Ive got a nice result (http://valegrifo.com/Until%20the%20End%20of%20the%20World.htm). Indeed, interesting and even quite believable story :-) And without happy ending, just as I like :-)

...and the picture of nobles kissing decaying hand of dead queen would be great... Anyone? :-)

Squibbit
03-21-2005, 04:16 PM
heh , i'm sorry

is still popular

bet it was then too, hehe


.

SoniaNotRed
03-21-2005, 04:24 PM
Cool entries, guys!

Her0d - Your wish is my command!
(edit: nice link. I couldn't find a decent pic of that tomb to link it here!)


The Story of Pedro and Inês
Prince Pedro was married to a castilian lady around 1340 but he fell in love with the lady's handmaid, Inês, instead. The feeling was mutual and did not waver despite everyone's efforts to break them apart.
Pedro completly forgets about his wife, father and responsabilities as a prince.

When his wife dies giving birth to their second son (the first died), Pedro goes to the exiled Inês and brings her back to the country. He tells his father he will not marry another woman and that he secretly married Inês. He and Inês have 4 children.
Meanwhile, his son, heir to the trone, is a frail, sick boy, and the king and nobles fear one of Inês children might become the new ruler of Portugal (under castilian influence). In 1355, persuated by his advisors, King Afonso has Inês killed while Pedro is out on a hunting. 3 assassins go to her house and slit her throat.

Pedro is mad with grief and anger and swears revenge. He rebels against his father (for the second time) in a civil war.

His mother manages to bring about peace between them but soon after (1357) Afonso dies and Pedro becomes king.

Mindful of his revenge, Pedro has 2 of Inês assassins captured and executed - one, by having his heart ripped out through the chest and the other through the back. Then he has Inês's corpse crowned has Queen of Portugal in a full ceremony, forcing all dignataries to pay her homage by kneeling before her and kissing her hand.

By the king's command, Inês now lies in a beautifully carved stone tomb by his own similar tomb, in the Monastery of Alcobaça.

King Pedro I of Portugal is also known as The Justice Bringer, The Cruel, The Vengeful, The In-Love-'Til-The-Worl's-End.

http://nekoi.no.sapo.pt/Asai/Ines%202.jpg

Pencil, 30 minutes(?)

Stalberg - Thank you for your support

Ilikesoup
03-21-2005, 06:14 PM
bealobo - not sure, but you may be referring to the albino (white) alligator. I don't know much about it and google only gives info about a movie of the same name directed by Kevin Spacey. From what I gather, there's a Cajun belief that looking into the eyes of an albino alligator is good luck, maybe because they're so rare.

SoniaNotRed - very cool stories. I'm half Portuguese myself (grandparents were from Madeira Island), although I don't know very much about the history.

Her0d
03-21-2005, 06:39 PM
SoniaNotRed: Hahah, she's a cutie, Prince Pedro was a lucky guy :-)

So its my turn: In every village there was some population of nasty gnomes, living amongst people. And every family had to sacrifice some food or beer or sth from time to time - by leaving it in some nice hidden place where the gnomes could find it and consume it. If not - their revenge could be kind of cruel :-)

Photoshop, 2hr, then i got tired, so its not finished :/
http://ci.com.pl/%7Estf/gfx/skrzaty.jpg

Edit: SoniaNotRed: Thanks very much, and about the colors - im still experimenting, theyre still are a difficult subject for me :/

SoniaNotRed
03-21-2005, 06:42 PM
Ilikesoup - Thanks!:)
I have been wondering about your name - Perdigão is not common among brasilians, so... But look what you did... You just reminded me of a couple of cool legends from the Azores Islands... You're lucky I can't paint! hehe :D


edit:

Her0d - LOL! and yet LOL! Man, you're mean! The painting is great! :thumbsup: Different colors from your usual stuff, too.

JVaughan
03-21-2005, 08:17 PM
With all the great and for the most part untold, or some what less known lore kicking around here I think it would be good to expand thread a lot. I would love to get in touch with my brother in law who has conducted several Sun Dances and other events for the Nez Pierce and others. I will see him this weekend and see if I can't plum him for some good tales. There are literally volumes of unwritten lore of the people's of the America's waiting to be shared with the world. Great stories and art everyone.

-Josh

Rudeone
03-21-2005, 09:59 PM
The netherlands doesn't really have fairy tales as far as I know, most stories are true or based on real facts.
This story is about Anne Frank and it's famous all over the world because of the diary she wrote. Anne Frank was a jewish girl who needed to hide for the nazi's during WW2. together with her family and another jewish family they hide in an empty room in a building that belonged to Anne's father. It was a secret room behind a rotating closet called 'het achterhuis' ( I believe it's called Annex in english). During the war a lot of dutch families took jews and britisch pilots etc. in their homes to hide them from the nazi's, risking their own lives.
During their stay, Anne wrote in her diary, a diary that later became famous all over the world and is printed in hundreds of different languages.
It was living hell for Anne's family (and all other people who were hiding) because there was always a possibility to get discovered or being betrayed to the nazi's and if they were they were send to a concentration camp most likely not to survive and die in a horrific way.
Unfortunally this happened, they were betrayed. everybody was send to a concentration camp and sadly they didn't survive the war except for Anne's father Otto Frank.

The Annex still exists and is now a museum, it's one of the most popular sightings for tourists in Amsterdam.

Anne looks younger in this sketch than she was, she was about 13 when they went hiding, about 45 minutes in Photoshop
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/rudeone/annefrank.jpg

Robertt
03-21-2005, 10:25 PM
Thanks so much Steven.

I agree it would be nice to see some threads continue longer.

RobertT

Harry D'Amour
03-21-2005, 10:35 PM
Cool... and in Sweden the Huldra is also a female creature that lures men to their death, but here she lives in the darkest forests, and if you ever see her from behind she's hollowed out, like a rotten log...

Hm, that reminds me, I should do this legend from my hometown (but I'm afraid I have no time now):
The devil came to a village nearby where I live, about a 100 years ago, and played his magic fiddle (similar to Nacken, and some do say Nacken is the devil), so that the people couldn't stop dancing.
They danced for days, weeks, until they wore away their feet, their legs, their torsos... until only their bobbing skulls were left, and there was a depression eroded into the bedrock... then he danced their souls to hell.
In fact, you can still see that depression there today, I've seen it... the music he played is called Harga-Laten and is still popular, the place is now the goal of a cross-country swedish folk-dance marathon (where that song is played a lot).

Yes, she is also called "skogsra". I've heard that story about the mad dancers before, that always creeped me out. But I like the swedish folk music (anyway :) ) and i think Harga-Laten is good. But what should i draw:shrug: ...hmm.. I think I know..

/ERic

Enayla
03-22-2005, 12:09 AM
Whee! Wonderful stuff in here. I think this is one of my favourite DSG threads so far - there's so much interesting reading as well as wonderful pictures.

Aaaanyway... I had to do a second picture, even if it's sort of late.

This one is of one of my favourite legends (in fact, I love it so much that it's sort of going into my book).

Myrling/Myling - the ghost of a dead baby, murdered by its own mother. Babies born out of wedlock would be taken out into the bog and there drowned... their little ghosts would haunt where they died, crying desperately and mournfully for their mother and the name they were never given.

Legend has it that the only way to put a Myling to rest, is to find its bones and bury them, or to give it a name (your name, in fact) when it calls out in the cold, foggy night.

Nice, huh?

http://www.furiae.com/images/myrling.jpg

(must've taken one, one and a half hour? maybe one fortyfive. Gah, I hate trying to time my painting :/ I tend to take breaks, go grab something to drink, get back to painting... ah well...)

Enayla
03-22-2005, 12:11 AM
Oh, and regarding the 'Skogsrå'. Supposedly, she's not actually a Huldra, they're separate entities.

She does, however, often have a fox tail on top of having a hollowed out back. That's why she'd always be backing away into the woods, beckoning people with her white, small hands.

Man, I love folklore.

Harry D'Amour
03-22-2005, 12:28 AM
Oh, and regarding the 'Skogsrå'. Supposedly, she's not actually a Huldra, they're separate entities.

She does, however, often have a fox tail on top of having a hollowed out back. That's why she'd always be backing away into the woods, beckoning people with her white, small hands.

Man, I love folklore.

Yes, so true, my mistake. I like folklore to. I remember all the nice tv-shows with Bengt Schon the swedish folklore expert.

Enayla
03-22-2005, 12:29 AM
Heheh, hey, it's folklore - I might be wrong (I hope I didn't come off as if I think I'm an expert or anything, I just remembered the tail thing by accident). Legends and myths and folklore vary wildly from region to region, even in such a small country as Sweden.

Näcken being an excellent example - ugly and froglike in the south part of Sweden, dazzlingly beautiful and seductive in the north. Wonder why.

Rudeone
03-22-2005, 12:50 AM
My god Enayla, that's so beautifull, your stuff keeps amazing me, how do you pull this of and in less than 2 hours, I'm so jealous. Creepy story BTW

My mom told me a strange story when I was on the phone with her, I just had to do this quick sketch before going to bed.
It takes place in medievel times in the region I grew up in. Back then there were two convents (is this the right word? you know with monks and nuns). It's known that nuns and monks aren't allowed to have relationships and have sex. The story tells of a secret underground tunnel between the two buildings. Some nuns and monks secretly met eachother in this underground tunnel and had sex. Offcourse some nuns got pregnant, but they couldn't have this child, so they went in the tunnel to bare the child and leave it there to die. People say the tunnel still exists and the remains of the children still can be found, some believe it's haunted (most people see it as scary nightime story though) I personally never heard of anyone finding the tunnel, let alone enter it, but I do know that these convents did exist, infact one of them still is in a very good shape.

PS, 15 minutes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/rudeone/skeletjes.jpg

Martin_B
03-22-2005, 01:56 AM
Oh, there is a lot of lovley pictures and stories here.

Here is my little late picture. It's about the silver train, it's a ghost train. An urban myth. It is told to been seen in the subways of Stockholm at night going station to station carying dead souls. It's surely no good to step on that train.

Photoshop, Wacom, 2 hours or some more.
http://www.berring.se/martin/bilder/CGT/silvertrain2.jpg

Robertt
03-22-2005, 05:06 AM
Okay, I had one more idea for this thread, so I had to pursue it :)

http://img238.exs.cx/img238/6426/cgtalkdailysketchstorieslegend1.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

Wacom + painter + photoshop / about 1.5 hours

(Never had so much fun with jitter in painter :D)

RobertT

Gord-MacDonald
03-22-2005, 06:19 AM
The Cremation of Sam McGee - by Robert Service

A great ballad by renowned Canadian poet/humorist Robert Service

"There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee. "

for full poem:

http://www.artdamage.com/service/yukon/cremation.htm


http://cg2020.com/dailysketch/SamMcGee4.jpg

Stahlberg
03-22-2005, 08:55 AM
Yikes, Enayla, one of your best sketches there me thinks... :eek:

element5
03-22-2005, 09:06 AM
@Enayla the ghost of the baby is done to perfection....gave me the chills.

Harry D'Amour
03-22-2005, 10:36 AM
Heheh, hey, it's folklore - I might be wrong (I hope I didn't come off as if I think I'm an expert or anything, I just remembered the tail thing by accident). Legends and myths and folklore vary wildly from region to region, even in such a small country as Sweden.

Näcken being an excellent example - ugly and froglike in the south part of Sweden, dazzlingly beautiful and seductive in the north. Wonder why.

No,no you where right. Huldra is related to Skogsrå and also to vittra.There are alot of women in the forest trying to seduce men. The Beckahästen is also related to the Näcken figure I think. In Värmland and in Småland the Näcken is a beautiful naked man playing by or in the river, I remember a episode from "Barnen från bulllerbyn" by Astrid Lindgren where one of the boys strips naked and plays the näcken. By the way, cute dead baby!

Enayla
03-22-2005, 11:36 AM
Aw, thanks :love:

I'm glad you guys like it, I so wish I could post the different kind of interpretation of the story that I did for my book. All in its own time, I suppose, sigh.

Do you ever get the feeling that a picture looks entirely different the next day, than it did when you first finished it? I remembered the ghost child as having colder, murkier colours but it looks sort of warm and such now... weird.

RobertoOrtiz
03-22-2005, 01:32 PM
It happens to me all the time Enayla.


It is like I have a stronger emotional connection to my drawing while I do ot that clouds my vision.

-R

Robertt
03-22-2005, 02:16 PM
Yes, a day can make a difference :)

This morning I was looking at "Johnny Appleseed" again and decided to make a couple of tweaks (about 10 minutes worth), mainly to get the seed concept in there and adjust levels ;)

http://i145.exs.cx/img145/5108/cgtalkdailysketchstorieslegend.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

Some compounded jpeg artifacts, as it turns out I edited my web version. oh well :)

RobertT

The Damned
03-22-2005, 04:16 PM
Love this topic....and then saw the Old London Town one... and this popped into my mind.

I was happy with the start but it got worse and worse... (Reference used)

2.30-3hrs Photoshop

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/Retro90210/Studio/sweeney.jpg

HerrKatt
03-22-2005, 05:04 PM
Woah, I just had to say great work to everyone here. Especially Stahlberg and Enalya, just wonderful paintings. :thumbsup: Cool Martin_B, is that the "silverpilen" I've heard about?

LadyMedusa
03-22-2005, 05:05 PM
Since I feel more Italian than Norwegian, I felt for making another one.
http://www.home.no/medusamusic/lucrezia.jpg
Lucrezia d'Este (or Lucrezia Borgia) She is kind of a legend.
Photoshop CS, around 3 Hours.

It is said that her father, Pope Alexander VI, sexually misstreated her, some say they even got a child. She is also said to have murdered her third husband whit poison. She married another time after that too.
She's a distant part of my family.

Pictire used as reference (http://www.payer.de/religionskritik/meyrink0108.gif)
(I also used another one but I cant seem to find it now)
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Enayla: Poor little "Myrling", he look so lost. I agree whit Sthalberg, It have to be one of youre best sketches




(I should practise more faical anatomy)

Gord-MacDonald
03-22-2005, 05:22 PM
This thread is so interesting! Good work everyone!

MWarsame - very nice image - nice colour

Robertt - very good entries - I have always loved these stories you have done them justice. You images have such wonderful colours, and a nice delicate touch.

Stahlberg - great interpretation of pippy

Enayla - wonderful work as usual

Jasel - I love this one - its so creepy and evocative

element5 - reminds me of the "league of extraordinary gentlemen" - good job

paperclip - cool legend, good drawing (but why is the salmon smiling - isn't he about to be eaten?)

J_Grieve - Good interpretation of Tom O Shanter. I love Burns work. I carry a copy of his collected writings, and the CDs' of singer Jean Redpaths collaborations with American composer Serge Hovey , with me everywhere.

SoniaNotRed - Great pose - you should make a finished work from this one.

The Damned - good mood - the script adds a nice touch

Her0d - LOL - those little bastards!!!

- Gord

Lystmaler
03-22-2005, 06:47 PM
God aften :D

Since it's sinister and rude to sneak around on forums llike a polarbear without claws, lurking for seals in svalbord, I tought that I should post a comment on the wonderfull (and less) artworks posted to this thread.

Shrink - That's Esop's (I think) Hare and Turtle! It's a great tale. You should try to improve on shading, even togh it is a a scetch, this is usefull to take atleast the shading to the scech aswell so that you can clearly see where the ligh come's from on your pictures. Nice atempt, keep it on o' mighty idealist. :)

Falcor_ - That one is really nice and artistic. It reminds me of the Mils packages of potatochips here in Norway stylewhise. I notice some fingers on the womans arm tough.

Navate - Love your style and colour mood, tough you should, perhaps, work with perspective, as the back-most fott is just as long as the front most 2d whise. But then again he migt be streching it a bitt more then the other foot, however I would sugest that he ether should have steched it a bit to much, or just a bitt less if this is the case. Keeping them on the same line sort of pushes the 3d effect back. But it is a great picture composittionally, atleast for the un-trained eye's I carry.

Jånnis - Your Pim Fortiyn's classy style sort of remind me of Early... Picasso. (I was going to say another name but I'm the world worst with names, so I just could not rememmber the correct name... but Picasso is good!) You are getting better and better for each picture, my sister is really agreeing on this one.

Her0d - Nice and impressionistic! My personall deffenition on love! (Or really my deffenition of love is Messy and scechy, but it's in the same box :D)

Kvaalen - Nice and clean with zero shadows! Can't really get the legend, tough, but it's stylish in it's own verry tricky way.

MWarsame - The trashy feel is trick, proposition is sort of off. 6 heads is correct, but the guy is just a bit to fat, or perhaps I'm just to slim myself. For the UK, Jack the Ripper, those Irish gnomes in green nice suits, and then there's the Highlander.

Ysvry - Trashy! It's chick, but he got a really big butt right there. Nice one, tough. You should practice proposition, it's one of the most essential things, specially to the critical but untrained eye.

Robertt - That one got a nice magic feel to it that I bellieve and feel is a great addition to this verry own gallery.

Stahlberg - Pippi! I was crazy about that series as a kid. Jag tycker din skissa er jette bra, dina skuggor verkar verkliga ock fina, ock du har jette bra detalj på armen. Bout Pippi and Emil increaced the Norwegian's Sweedish skills, by the way. Your backrounds are clear and putts the character, in this case Pippi, in focus, what isn't bad at all.

JMboekestein - Nice and flashy, bit of trashy. I would prefere it with less contrasty lines, but this is a nice trashy styled painting.

Gordonm - it's nice and you get the scech of it.

Enayla - That's extreeme! Great colors, beautifull texture, propotionally intresting and hes shadows are great. Näcken is spelled Nøkken here and is a nasty ugly man, a pedophile, one serious dick ripper, a woman abuser, a sadomasoshist and a demon. Atleast in my home town. He didnt play anny music there ether.

Jasel - Abstract and snice. It's clean, dark, and the feel is great.

Alament5 - You're gerring better! nice propotions I think, and the style is nice.

Falcor_ - Another nice one, trashy, and the feel it express is nice.

Paemrl - The colours might be screeming, but this is a nice effect, it wont allow much shading afterwards as shading would turn it dirty. The threes however are nice looking, and the effect is trashy.

Paperclip - Nice and rare perspective that should have been putt to use more often. The style is childish in a rather cool way, and the fish got some personality tgouth the eyes. Nice :)

AtmaWeapon - It's a style similair to the symplystic clean style used by manny on christmass cards in Italy. Nice :)

Ah, well this is where my time expires. I hope the un-mentioned dosn't find themselves discriminated, discrimination and abuse are the only seirous crimes in my eyes.

SoniaNotRed
03-22-2005, 06:59 PM
gordonm - Thank you. I would dearly love to finish this one and many others but it's sort of a curse with me never to get very far! :)

Lady Medusa - You have indeed a famous relative - just try checking brazilian soap-operas to see how many evil Lucrezias (currently a "Lucrécia Borges") appear! :D
Cool portrait. I wonder if she really looked like that...

Great entries, everyone.

And it's good to see some non-bloody tales too! :p

Harry D'Amour
03-22-2005, 09:42 PM
Here in Sweden, at easter, the witches are flying around going to a big party with the devil at Blue Hill (BlaKulla) or so was the belief in old times. It rendered alot of persecution of innocent women who where burned to death when convicted. Nowadays you see children dressed up as witches (and whatnot) claiming candy at the doorsteps, offering some drawing maybe of a easterbunny, in return. There are also alot of fireworks going off during this time of year, probably used to scare off evil wiches and celebrating the spring.

Happy Easter!

Tools: PS +pen and paper
Time: 3h

/ERic

ozhaver
03-22-2005, 11:12 PM
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-3/972881/lallorona1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/ozhaver/lallorona1.jpg

"El puente de la Llorosa"

There's an old legend in a nearby mountain town from where I grew up saying this young woman, named Blisinia, escaped with her lover Lorenzano to the coast. Some time later she came back to her parents' very sick and pregnant. She gave birth to a boy who she called Paquito. It had been raining for days and she was coming home from work with a bundle of clothes on her head and her son tied to her waist. She sat down on the bridge to rest and suddenly her baby fell into the flooded river. She cried and cried for help but no one came to her aid.

Lorenzano decided to come back, but when he did he found out that Blisinia and her parents were already dead. Then he headed back to his home and when he was crossing the bridge he found a baby crying of hunger. He took some bread from his pouch and wetted it in his mouth so the baby could eat it. But when he was about to feed the baby, the infant opened his eyes wide and said to him "Don't wet the bread because I don't have teeth". The baby had a wide huge mouth full of sharp teeth. Nothing else was known of Lorenzano after that night. They say you can still hear Blisinia crying for her son when you cross the bridge at night.

As every legend this one has many variants. Some change the sharp teeth for two fangs, and in the one I like you encounter La Llorosa (Blisinia) and she asks you to hold her baby while she goes down the river to find something that she has dropped.

close up:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/ozhaver/lallorona2.jpg
Time: 2:14 hours; no references.

Rudeone
03-23-2005, 12:03 AM
that's a creepy story oz haver, I felt chills running down my spine while reading it.

Great looking sketch man!

ozhaver
03-23-2005, 12:14 AM
Not as creepy as having a flat tire 3 meters from that bridge at 3 AM in the morning!

Thanks Rudeone! I did it cuz I haven't touched the tablet in weeks and my hand could use some exercize. I am amazed i did this so fast!!! o_O ...perhaps if I think of every piece as a sketch I could work more comfortably. Now if I only could find the will to finish those two paintings....:shrug:

edit: I forgot to say up there: Wacom Tablet Intuos2 12x12, PS CS.

Nehym
03-23-2005, 12:19 AM
Nice painting Oz! Good to see you here too (haven't talked to you in a while either.. D:) Though i must admit that this story really is a bit creepy. :p

Rudeone
03-23-2005, 12:28 AM
Wow man, I would be scared to death if that happened to me, especially if I was alone

Please do finish those paintings, they looked great and how about participating in the new challenge?

El-Rodente
03-23-2005, 12:31 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v301/El-Rodente/TOLcrap.jpg

5 minutes opencanvas 1.1

tower of london, crappily drawn, the legend says that if the ravens ever leave the tower of london, a great tragedy will befall the city of London

ozhaver
03-23-2005, 12:32 AM
OMG Lilie!!! you are alive O___O!

XD *huggles*

Thanks for the comment!!!

Rudeone: I enrolled into the new challenge as well. I must stop being so lazy...and do more artwork! I hope I can finish that one too. I will finish the paintings ASAP. :D

Skarrow
03-23-2005, 01:17 AM
Great piece, Oz! Very creepy!

Just out of curiosity, do you suppose there's a connection between your "La Llorosa" and the "La Llorona" (the wailing woman) of the American Southwest, (if you've ever heard of her)? The stories seem to share a few similarities, i.e. young mother, dead/murdered child, mourning ghosts...

I do so enjoy scary stories. Thanks for sharing! :applause:

ozhaver
03-23-2005, 08:28 AM
Yeah, I think there definitely is a connection. I also connect them to the legends of the beansidhe (banshee). The legends of La Llorosa date back to the 19th century to the agricultural "coffee boom" era.

Gord-MacDonald
03-23-2005, 09:44 AM
artrage 1.5 hrs/ps 5 min


This image is based on a piobaireachd (pronounced Pee-Brok) (classical bagpipe music) - titled "Pipers Warning to his Master"

This piobaireachd is based upon a siege by clan Campbell against clan MacDonald at Castle Dunyveg , on the island of Islay around 1647.

The besieged MacDonald chieftan Coll MacDonald, slipped out of the castle to seek reinforcements from Kintyre, and Ireland.

During his absence, the Campbells found the source of the MacDonalds water supply and cut it off. The MacDonalds were forced to capitulate.

Coll MacDonald was returning in his Ship. His Piper recognized the vessel, and realizing the danger that his master was in, asked the Campbells if he could play a piobaireachd to lament the battles loss.

The piper went to the castle battlements, and played his tune. His master recognised the tune as a warning, and turned away from the castle.

Once the Campbells had realized what had happened, they forced the piper to play a number of lively tunes on his pipes, and then proceeded to cut off all of his fingers, as punishment for warning his master of the danger.

(notes derived from "The Art of Piobaireachd" by Ian L McKay 1966)

The image was not researched - just banged out


http://cg2020.com/dailysketch/PipersWarning-img_3.jpg

kryoboy
03-23-2005, 08:20 PM
ps. ok jasel, dat's it, u not gonna get away drowning yoda

omg thats the funnyiest comment ive read all day.


http://img90.exs.cx/img90/7663/weeper3iy.jpg

DimitriSafarikas
03-23-2005, 09:09 PM
maybe stretching the topic, but here's a legendary swedish character, Pippi Longstocking (the strongest girl in the world)... although she's grown a bit. :) And in the background the legendary swedish midnight sun. Well, sort of.
Photoshop. Sadly it took me 3 hours, I just can't seem to speed it up.

http://www.androidblues.com/pippi.jpg

Hey !!! It's Fifi Brin d'Acier :)

I had in mind that she was younger and far less attractive but i appreciate this picture a lot !

Don't worry about the time, as long as you go on with such good pieces, experience will help you going faster.

GauntMan
03-24-2005, 06:52 AM
I finally had to chip in on this thread... Way, way, way late.

This was sketched in a hotel room with a mouse in GIMP; Text and coloring in InkScape, final touch-ups in GIMP; Total time 2 hours. I missed my tablet badly, although stark constrasts and simple form seem to work okay for this image...

The ballad of John Henry is a classic Man vs. Machine story. John was a "steel driving man" in the late 1800s. When a tunnel was to be built for the railroad, his job was to pound a steel rod into rock while another (very brave) person called a "shaker" held it. This created a deep 10-15 foot hole that was then filled with dynamite and detonated. Dangerous, slow and very difficult work. The jobs of driver and shaker were eventualy replaced by a machine -- but John was not going down without a fight. A race was proposed... new-fangled steam drill on the right, and John leading on the left -- John Henry won, managing to drive a 15 foot rod while the steam drill only drove a 9 foot rod, but his heart burst from the strain.

The text in the picture is taken from one of the many variations of the Ballad on John Henry...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v671/gauntman/sketch/sketch287.jpg

So many excellent pictures and interesting stories in this thread!

Sagii
03-24-2005, 06:10 PM
Jasel I know that legend.. in Peru we call her La Llorona. (crier)

graphiouz
03-29-2005, 09:58 AM
Mäster Ståhlberg Infocus as always. You've added 15years to the Pippi Långstrump audience.
She now adresses to the adult industry! [kidding] Awesome work!

Pensel virtuosen Enayla Your Ghostchild scares me. About näcken who is however beautifully made. Its a pretty good way to scare children off from the wild rivers. I can see why Näcken in norway is more scary and demon like. Norway as you all knows have wild rivers all over the place.
Ps. Räds inte ditt nya Epitet.:)

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