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Blodeuwedd by Dreoilin Blodeuwedd by Dreoilin
This image illustrates a story I was reading that comes from Welsh mythology. It's about a woman who betrayed her husband and conspired with her lover to have him murdered, so she's punished by being transformed into an owl.

I spent a long time on this one so I was determined to finish it, but I really didn't like it very much once I was finished :(
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LowriCH Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
THIS IS AWESOME!
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NonieR Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Nicely drawn and colored, so I'm sorry to hear you don't like the result. My only suggestion, if you wanted it, would be to show Blodeuwedd turning into the owl rather than loosing as though she might be creating/casting it, but that's minor.

My sister wrote a song using this legend to talk about abuse and how it kills the more open and innocent person the victim COULD have grown up to be: Blodeuwedd was created out of flowers to be Llew's wife without her consent to either the transformation or the marriage, and when (as the song points out) she can no longer be the innocent flower she was intended to be, and therefore acts with the same human impulses and selfish greed that both Llew and her creator/transformer Gwyddion showed her, she herself causes harm in turn--and SHE is blamed entirely and punished for it, while they consider themselves justified and blameless.

The myth, like all good myths, is complex and shows every one of us something new. Thanks for evoking it here!

--Nonie
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bozac Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm sorry you don't like it - I think it's wonderful!
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! :love: I simply adore the detail.
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Blue-iPod Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is so cool!
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know why an owl? What is the concept of the owl within Welsh lore?
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I think in the story it was her punishment that she would never dare show her face to the light of day again, and that all other birds would hate her- so that was why owls come out at night and other birds don't like them.
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MysticaFaery Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This is Awesome! Love the owl :D
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AsetNuit Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
This is fantastic!
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space-wolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece was featured in this week's art post on Wolfish Written: [link]
Hope you don't mind!
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Why didn't you like it? It's ferociously lovely.
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ZawArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Damn good work! Great details!!! :ahoy:
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   Interface Designer
Mae hyn celf yn anhygoel! :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've featured your art in my journal here! [link] :hug:
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Aaa thank you so much for that! :D :D
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hatthecat123 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist
that is lov er ly
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Rosa-Aurea Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I love it!!
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Nancy-Blacket Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Oh wow I love this!!! :love: The colours and the tone, its just how I imagined it.
You are very talented :D
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Lazytroll Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
adorable, I very like your style
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Karsmera Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow... really fantastic ^_^
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thanks!
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davisnerd007 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... This is great! I think it looks amazing!!!:omfg:
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thank you very much!
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davisnerd007 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!!:hug:
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing :love:
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thanks!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooh, Blodeuwedd! I've told you before how much I adore your style; with Welsh mythology, it's an absolutely perfect match. Wonderfu, wonderful work.

Gwydion's design is great. It's a very down-to-earth and workable definition of magician - I love down-to-earth and workable. :)
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thank you! Thank you!

I stressed out a lot over Gwydion's design- I kept looking for references for a description of what he looked like but couldn't find any. Then I saw a cool image by Alan Lee of Merlin where he looked very down to earth and ragged and it gave me the idea to pursue that kind of feeling.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I probably had that in the back of my mind as well! You have the Mabinogion illustrated by Lee as well, then? :D
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I don't have it yet, it's on my (long) list of books I want lol
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