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Perkele by CanisAlbus Perkele by CanisAlbus
"Perkele is an alternative name of Ukko, the chief god of the Finnish pagan pantheon. In modern Finnish, the interjection "perkele!" is a common profanity, approximately equivalent to "the Devil!" in meaning and "fuck!" in intensity."

Fun fact: I actually somehow dislike how neat and clean some of my drawing are. I envy the messiness and roughness some of my favorite artists (Dave McKean for example) manage to archieve in their artworks. That's why I tried something new; this ancient deity was drawn while I was on my way to visit family, in a buss that was speeding 100 km/h. Not having a stable drawing surface and sitting in a wobbling and trembling vehicle eliminated the precision from pen strokes. The result looked a bit like as if it was etched rather than drawn by hand, and I really like it.

Obviously I didn't have any deer skull or human torso anatomy references available, so those are probably drawn more or less inaccurately here. I added the skull and antlers just for the sake of... well, skull and antlers. And a bunch of textures, you know how much I love those.

Oh, and you know how animal bones change color when they lie in a forest for a long time? They get this interesting mossy green/reddish brown tints on them; colors of abandonment and oblivion. That's what I was going for here.

Staedtler pigment liner and Gimp.

Artwork ©CanisAlbus
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HeatherVoorhees Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist
This is so amazing~!
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Silver--Wing Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job on the skull! Love this piece.
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Canisp Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I've been wanting to comment on this for soo long, but I just couldn't figure out why I like this drawing so much.
I like it because the story behind it is so darn funny. First of all, Perkele is a hilarious name for someone supposedly threatening and dark and what not. Secondly, that name in combination with the physique of his (missing arms, antlers) makes me wonder how he gets through life. In my head he is this clumsy tall figure, stumbling through life, bumping into things on his way and not being able to do simplest tasks like opening a bottle.
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sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if it's inaccurate anywhere, i don't notice.

killer execution.
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Mit-Liebe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just pure awesome.  It makes me think of a lost creature of the desert.  The simplicity of the art and design just makes it.  Great work!
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FloydVoid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aivan mielettömän upea!
Todella rakastan tuota suttuista jälkeä aj olet siinä onnistunut hyvin ♥
Ja tausta myös sopii tähän kuvaan vallan mainiosti `v´
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CoyoteSoot Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think this sketchy look is amazing.
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diarcora Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
fantastic! ;D
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KittyAcademy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Digital Artist
hold on, is that from... No. Wait, yes it is, from Feel the shadows right?
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BattleAnkka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ihanaa nähdä suomalaista taidetta etusivulla!
Todella upea työ. :)
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BlurredPaws Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like how you did the background, those overlaid textures/brushes creates a suitable atmosphere for the rest of the composition (composition that I like very much too). x3

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MacGreen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Ah, meidän pakanauskonnot! :heart: Parasta kun pääsee vähän huitelemaan eikä tarttee tehdä niin tarkkaa. Hyvältä näyttää tämä!
Propsit myös siitä, että pystyt piirtämään bussissa. Itseltäni olisi paperille siinä pomppimisessa siunaantunut varmaan jotain vähemmän miellyttävää. :'D
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kLax009 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Simply perfect! No other words for it.
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Barguest Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Oh dear, this is amazing! <3
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CanineAmbassador Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This should be a print!
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, that's really intriguing. I love how textured it is too, very neat look.  
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WhispersBetteNoir Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
This is excellent, although I love and envy the cleanness of your drawings, I think this is a great sketchy picture. Most artist who do clean lines can't pull off the sketchy style and it just looks messy, but I think you did a good job on this. 

It's got that Dave McKean feel to it
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Stariz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really intense, and I love the effect the bus had on the lines.  Really well done.
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nicolastrent Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just perfect...fantastic job!
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Maridantas1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
This is awesome *o* Like, seriouslly, great job! :D
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TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So "Perkele" is both the name of a god, AND a swear word? That's funny... 
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pwned31 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the word became a swearword when christianity was brought to Finland and the former gods where seen as ''traitors''. however, the word had been used in a profound manor before this too, in the same way as someone would say ''god damn it!'' even if they are a christian.
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TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Psh! Leave it to a bunch of Christians to demonize the name of Pagan god... pussies. I still think its funny though, does that technically mean saying "Hail Perkele!" would be like saying "Hail Goddamnit!" ?
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pwned31 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've never heard anyone say ''hail perkele'', but i'm guessing that today it would be more like ''hail satan'', since he is no longer a ''god'', but rather a demon. 
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TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, that's just Christians demonizing something they don't know anything about. As far as I see it, he's just another god in the Pagan pantheon, not a demon. Technically Satan isn't a demon either, he's an angel...
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Varjomo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaa! Olen oikeastaan aina aika lumoutunut töittesi siisteydestä mutta olen myös "sottaisuuden" ystävä. Itse olen harjoittanut tuota samaa piirtotapaa junassa. c: Päädyn helposti näpräämään joitain pieniä yksityiskohtia piirroksissani, joten minun on hyvä piirtää junassa, kun siellä voi keskittyä vain kokonaisuuteen ja hahmotelmiin/hahmotelmavaikutelmaan. Junassa on hyvä piirtää senkin takia, ettei siellä ole juurikaan häiriöitä, tai jos jotakin on, kaikki taustahölinä luo enemminkin omaa matkatunnelmaansa, joka on inspiroivaa.
 Ja tottakai kalloja. Aina han me kaivataan kalloja. XD Mahtavaa!
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Sargeant-Knoxx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never cease to amaze me with your artwork and desire for new techniques. I adore +watching your work.

And the textures, gotta LOVE the textures. Haha.
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kanyenot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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