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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~!
Silver--Wing Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job on the skull! Love this piece.
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.
sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if it's inaccurate anywhere, i don't notice.

killer execution.
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!
HalooWolfie 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´
coyotesoot Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think this sketchy look is amazing.
diarcora Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
fantastic! ;D
KittyAcademy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Digital Artist
hold on, is that from... No. Wait, yes it is, from Feel the shadows right?
XBlueKnightX Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ihanaa nähdä suomalaista taidetta etusivulla!
Todella upea työ. :)
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