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    Finnish Mythology - Book illustrations

    Hi all,

    here are some illustrations from a recently published book about Finnish
    mythology. The book is targeted for 6-14 year olds, so I decided to draw
    the characters in comics style.

    All sketched first with pencils, then scanned and inked and colored in
    Painter. Compositing with background documents and color correction in
    Photoshop.

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    I love them! Wonderful style!

    Don't listen to me, I'm just an ape with a pencil!

    My sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=113848

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    Thanks a lot! Greatly appreciated. Somehow I get the feeling that comic style stuff isn't normally very popular in forums...

    -Sakari

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    Cool stuff. What mythologies are these?

    A crit would be to work on your hands.

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    Some very cool stuff here. Love the female thing coming out of the elevator and the wagon on the envelopes.

    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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    Serpian: These are Finnish mythological characters mainly other than those in Kalevala The first is Ukko, God of Thunder - head deity. The green lady is Näkki, evilish being dwelling in springs and rivers and the third coming through the ice is her brother Vetehinen. If you'd like to know more I'll list them all.

    And yep. Hands are tough. I took some artistic liberties with the anatomy in general. Thanks for pointing out though.

    Sevans: The female character in an elevator is a water imp Vesihiisi. This relates to a Finnish nursery rhyme/wordplay.

    And thanks for the comments and crits

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    Great work man.I dont honestly see a problem with the hands considering the obvious understanding of anatomy you already have.cant exaggerate it if you dont understand it.you have an awesome style,unique,funny and intersting.i also want to give props on your composition both in terms of your use of color and your placement and use of space.great stuff man.keep it up.

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    Well as you can see above my post count, I'm from Finland too, so knowing which kalevala characters these are would be interesting! Because I don't instantly recognize all of them. But I absolutely love Wuoren-Peicko! ANd of course I recognize Väinömöinen! That one is so funny. Also I spy some finlandssvenska on that one - you wouldn't happen to be one, do you?

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    CrazyfingerS: Thanks for the feedback. Totally appreciated!

    Serpian: Here's a list:

    1. Ukko
    2. Näkki
    3. Vetehinen
    4. Hippa (aka Hiippa, Hittavainen, protector of hares)
    5. Vuorenpeikko (Mountain troll)
    6. Ghost
    7. Undead rising from the graves (relating to a passage about interring the deceased and the swiftness of it to prevent the dead getting back up...)
    8. Kotopiru (the devil)
    9. Indomies (Sorcerer... and yes Väinämöinen was the first of them)
    10. Troll family (relating to a passage about the communities of the mythical beings)
    11. Pikkupiru (Lesser demon)
    12. Rauni, wife of Tapio (Tapio is the god of forests and trees)
    13. Trulli (Witch)
    14. Vellamo, the lady of the waters and her herd of water, Ahti's wife (Ahti is the god of water, lakes and the seas)
    15. Vesihiisi (Water imp)
    16. Metsähiisi (Forest imp and the dreaded Hiiden hirvi, Bull elk, beast of burden of the imps)
    17 Metsähiisi (Forest imp having fun riding a beheaded horse)

    As you can see the characters are mainly OTHER than the characters in Kalevala. To leave out the Kalevala characters was a decision that the author made based on the fact that the Kalevala is so popular and much researched and published topic. Not to mention illustrated... Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Björn Landström to name a couple.

    And I am not finlandssvenska, although I greatly enjoy swedish music and literature... but can't really speak it. Never had that much practice. I grew up in Kajaani where the swedish speaking population is nil. You coming from Vasa possibly are, though. Am I right?

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    A couple more images...

    ...from the same book

    1. Ahti, the god of the seas
    2. Tapio, the god of the forests

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