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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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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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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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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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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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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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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(:3 you get stranger and stranger....
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