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Sacrament of Wilderness by MaKo85 Sacrament of Wilderness by MaKo85
Since I've gotten back into Art Nouveau (AND HOW!) after I drew this I wanted to try something different. I talked with :iconnachomon: and he suggested something Celtic, originally I was going to draw Odin until I realized that's Norse mythology, not Celtic. So I hit the mythology/legend books (and believe you me, I got a LOT of them) for some research. There were a few stories I liked in particular, the Horned God Cernunnos, the Goddess of Wild Horses, Epona and a story about an island which is inhabited by dancing women that are in fact fire spirits. I think you can obviously tell which one I went for.

Fun facts; Cernunnos is also known as Kurnous in the Warhammer universe, he is the God of the Forest Elves and the God of Hunting and Feasts for the Eldar (Lilleath is his little ho, there I said it, you're welcome Jess).
Cernunnos was also the inspiration for Shakespeare for King Oberon in 'A Midsummer Nights dream' (that's the Supreme King of all fae folk, hence him I gave him some cute Sprites for company)

In terms of coloring without lineart I'm still getting the hang of things, although personally I think I did quite well here. :)

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[link] background photo is stock made by :iconwyldraven:
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:iconhellequine-d-olt:
Hellequine-d-Olt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
well actually there is some connection (may be a little bit far fetched) between Cernunnos, Odin/Wotan, Oberon... and I think you might enjoy it... if you want I can try to summerize it, but it will be quite confused and roughly said ^^ but if you like harlequins, old legends and pan-european mytholgy it could be some inspiration for you :)
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Indeed I do, I have a library concerning the topics ;3
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Hellequine-d-Olt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
As I'm just slowly wakening with a cup of tea, I didn't know if I should interpret the "I do" as: "sure I do know that connection, I'm pretty well documented on the subject" or "I do want to hear that thing". If it's the first one, you could think it degrading if I do it (like "who the hell is she taking me for") if it's the second, you could find frustrating that I don't... Sooo I'm going to do it, and if it was the first, well just think that I'm only some stupid dumb French, which is actually not far from the truth.

So, in France and in northern Europe, in the celt and scandinavian/german areas, we have a legend of the "wild hunt" or "furious army" which is a demonic retinue of either huntmen and noble huntladies that roam some forests at midnight and midday (which is according to the church an equally evil time as midnight, don't know why...), or a flying army of fantoms and demons, howling in the skies. All kind of ghosts, faeries, demons and legendary creatures are part of it and the leader is called "Hellequin" or "King Herla"/"Herlaking". He is a hunter or a warior, associated with the deer or with the wolf, we find him and his folks in many ballads (like the ballad of Lenore, which is quoted in Bram Stocker's Dracula "denn die Toten reiten schell"/"for the dead ride fast") in France he is associated with Cernunnos and Oberon through the mythical "King Herle/Herne/Herla", in Germany with "der Erlkönig" (cf the poem from Geothe) which is actually a deformation of the scandinavian "Eller Kong" aka "the king of elven" which refers to... Wotan/Odin. Sooo, interesting part is that that name under which Odin is sometimes known "Eller Konge" became "Erlkönig" and "Herla King" which became "Harlequin" and "Hellequin". As it was a horned pagan deity, the church made a demon out of it that's why the italian "alicchino" is a demon in Dante's Inferno. So both celtic and scandinavian sources, Cernunnos and Odin, are linked through the character of the Harlequin (which doesn't imply "Cernunnos = Odin" but there is a link, a least).
An other fun fact is that the name "Cegorach" sounds and look like a French Breton name of celt origine: lots of those names and up in "_rac'h" et "ac'h", so I would not be surprised if all that stuff was made on purpose (for there are also wardancers in the Forest's Elves...).

soo here we are, and I'm deeply sorry if I misunderstood your "I do", English can be sometimes tricky ^^
well, if there is some English book on that topic, I would be more than glad to read it :)
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Errr....

"-but if you like harlequins, old legends and pan-european mytholgy it could be some inspiration for you"

"Oh Indeed I do, I have a library concerning the topics ;3 "

I thought it was a pretty straightforward answer I gave.
Yes, I am very familiar with these topics since they are a hobby of mine.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice and detailed Horny Guy! He's full of wild forest energy.
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I see through your little pun missy~ :heart: lol
Thank you :3
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BloodCri Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
OH GOD!!! THE DETAIL!!!
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If this is detail what will my upcoming 'tribute' piece be? lol
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BloodCri Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
it will be a gummy bear riding a chocolate chip cookie like a pony.

And by ride like a pony I mean have sex with.
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(:3 you get stranger and stranger....
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BloodCri Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
thats a good thing, right?
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it depends, lol...
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BloodCri Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
heh. I'm used to ppl thinking im strange... because I am.
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Derilis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
as always you are superb mako
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh pshaw...I merely give art a shot~
X3 lol, thank you
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Derilis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
^^
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting. It just isn't my day without European folklore. Just ask my unicorn. He too is a horny bastard.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear he has a fetish for virgins :giggle:
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice!
but me thinks art nouveau work best if the character is also in thick black outlines. :P no?
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ORIGINALLY It was in black lines, but I realized that this was a GOD, not a mere mortal, so I added the same glow effect like I did for Isha :3
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol alright.
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, black-lined alrt nouveau goodness is planned.

(Fun fact, actually if you notice VERY closely, Alphonse Mucha uses different color outlines to give his paintings a softer look)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
woooo didnt notice there.:D
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed :3
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
...Beautiful...
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you enjoy :3
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The whole celtic theme is a great refresher and the colours and bright lights are complementing the darkish looking woods in the background. Nicely done.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad you approve, hopefully my upcoming nouveau piece won't disappoint.
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to it :3
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It shall be a colab this time :3
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to it ;3
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Nevesmose Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Aha, I like this a lot. Very nicely coloured, as always. :3
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ye :3
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sgtbuckwheat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I absolutely love the song "Sacrament of Wilderness" and I must play it now.

I think you did quite well with the coloring without lineart. Much better than I could. I'm still out on judgement of Cernunnos though, part of him looks like Qui-Gon Jinn, but another part of me thinks of him as a sleazy version of Jay (of Jay and Silent Bob). I'm really liking the fur cloak and fae surrounding him though.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been playing more and more Nightwish lately.

*laughs hysterically*
I though of him as some perverted crossover of Malus Darkblade's father and a deer...somebody was VERY drunk that night :rofl:
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
"...Such as the majestik moose!..."
:iconhurrplz:

Interesting glowy effect, and I much like the background.
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Raven913 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"A Møøse once bit my sister...

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"..."

Holy Grail for the win. :D
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Indeed! Impressive that you remembered all of that. I couldn't even keep up with it. Then again, I didn't think to just pause it... :P

Man, I haven't watched that movie in years...
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Raven913 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I last watched it toward the end of last summer... I just have a freaky good memory and Google. I remembered up until the "sharpened end of an interspace toothbrush" part, and then the rest was Googled.
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hear its magnificent mating call;
"HEEEEEY LAAAAYDEEEEEZ!"
:giggle:

Thanks :3
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
inb4 FROINLAVEN!
:lmao:
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh God I rofled~
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Shinobi-Raist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beyond magnifscent! I am digging the more realistic hair strands and fur textures as well as the shiny or embossed gold upon the neck piece and brooch in general.

You did Cernunnos such great justice! <3 and I just lawled hard at your mention of Lilleath being a little ho--ITS TRUE WARPDANGIT!

I actually wondered if he was inspired from Oberon and now I know that thought is truth. Fantastic X3

More of art this styyyyyle, plz! :heart:
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That torque turned out to be a gigantic pain in the rear.

Lol, well the ELDAR version anyway.

Myus :3
It is a comin :D
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Raven913 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! I love the eyes. And also how the title of the piece is a Nightwish song. :D
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, seemed appropriate :3
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Raven913 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very appropriate. And awesome. :meow:
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woot woot~
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Raven913 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I listen to a lot of Nightwish while drawing 40k-related stuff... it's suitably epic.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed :3
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