The bear (karhu in Finnish), King of the Forest, was the most respected animal of the ancient Finnish forests and still is today. The Birth of the Bear is a very old, probably paleolithic myth having it's roots in totemistic relationship between the powerful animal and the primitive man.
As such the bear was the symbol of the whole tribe and a sacred animal. For this reason in some areas it was never hunted. Shamanism was also closely connected to the bear and sometimes the bear was seen as the spirit of a shaman.
Brown India ink. Drawn with a wooden straw.
I really like how the shapes are working together creating that spiritual vibe.
The color is nice too and above all that this animal is really amazing
loved the details
Also, always is great to learn new stuff about other countries, I like the Finnish vision of the bears as something sacred and not as a beast as normal people see them ( I know wild animals acts by instincts but is not good to "satanize" some depredators).
About the artwork, I think it's beautiful, love the pose and expression of the bear, very serene.
I apologize for my bad English.
It's nice the see the same style here. I really enjoy it. Great job as always :>
I find India ink hard to work with, but the effects are spectacular when it's used well, like here. A applaud you!