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In the mountains by Callego
In the mountains
Finally found time for another sketch. Not especially inspired lately, so not sure how well I like the final result (was a bit cockeyed so edited a bit after scanning), but I'm once more at that place where I just can't make my brain work on actual work, so I'm trying to do whatever I can to massage it back into shape so I can finish revising this translation. Seems really hard to do creative work at times like that, but it also seems to be exactly what I need.

I'd also made the mistake of picking up a favorite series from my childhood--The Wheel of Time--and this bit was draw near the end of the first book (Eye of the World) as the protagonists go out into the fortified borderlands, so it's a bit inspired by that if not based on it.
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In the shadow of the old woman by Callego
In the shadow of the old woman
A doodle in my moleskine. Not happy with how I did the shadows, looking at it now, but oh well--threw it together before bed.
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Hide and Seek by Callego
Hide and Seek
Didn't actually have time for this, but I just needed to do something creative so bad--crashed real hard the last couple days after several weeks of non-stop (at times 14-hour day) scramble to balance teaching, translating, applying for jobs, and getting back to my own research. I think I would have done better just to give myself some space to do some sketching and writing right from the start--would have been back in a workable frame of mind by now. :(  Oh well, this is a fun thing that came out of my moleskine spree today--not sure all the elements came out as legible as I wanted, and I think it's ambiguous which of the foreground figures are actually furthest in the foreground, but I think the concept comes through in either case. Anyway, SPACE!!

On tumblr here: idrawvikings.tumblr.com/post/1…
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Forest Path by Callego
Forest Path
A quick thing--too much of the original messy sketch peeking through, though, and despite lots of tweaking afterwards some bits never came out quite like I wanted. Oh well.
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Woman sketch by Callego
Woman sketch
I don't have much time to draw lately (trying to finally finish up this translation!!!argh), but put this together today. Actually messed up the first few times and kept retracing it, haha. Still just a few minutes, though I guess the coloring in took a bit longer. I think I may do so again, I want to redo the hair slightly, maybe take out the glossy-bits (which didn't actually end up looking like "gloss"), and may put a background in, and make the mouth smaller, stuff like that. But most likely I'll just never get around to it, haha. Have a vague idea now that I've scanned it that this could be a character in a short story I've been working on... maybe. We'll see, may decide to run with that if I redo it and retitle it.

Edit: Realized late last night that the eyes could be seen two different ways--I mean them to be pupil-less and looking over the right shoulder of the viewer, but they maybe look a little bit like the woman has slit-pupils and is looking straight ahead. I guess that's cool too...
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Hey folks, the Midwinter Art Contest is here at the Norse Mythology blog! Award winning Blogger Karl Siegfried has started hosting annual Midsummer and Midwinter art contests at the Norse Mythology blog--topics for pictures should be Norse-themed, though Scandi folklore works as well, as long as you are sticking to the proper seasons. Preferably hit on traditional practices for that time of year. You can read more at my blog or at Karl Siegfried's post on the contest itself. The celebrity judges this time around are Icelandic scholar Dr. Helga Hlaðgerður Lúthersdóttir and renowned comic book illustrator Steve Parkhouse--you can read more about both of them at the contest post on Karl's blog. I got first place (!) at the last midsummer contest--but you know, I am totally amateurish compared to so many of the folks out there doing Norse-themed art, so GET ON IT! It would be great for this contest to stay on as a regular feature at the Norse Mythology blog, but folks have to keep submitting to keep it going. 

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CG Olsen
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I am a PhD in Scandinavian studies, and have taught courses in Norse Myth, literature, language, and history, Scandinavian folklore and literature, Swedish language, and other subjects since filing my dissertation a few years back. Currently teaching at UCLA and finishing up a translation of a book on the theology of the body. Also a published poet (small time still), with recent pieces in Ideomancer and Everyday Poets. I've started a blog (Vikings, Books, Etc) where I've been writing book reviews, posting pictures of vikings, and other things. Working with iPad art programs and now with a Bamboo tablet and Photoshop elements (still learning how digital art works). In addition to DeviantArt, here are my websites:
Blog: vikingsbooksetc.wordpress.com
Sketchblog: idrawvikings.tumblr.com/
Academic: independent.academia.edu/CarlO…
Store (Tshirts etc): www.redbubble.com/people/vikin…
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nibor289 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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chelsea-the-tomboy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the faves :) much appreciated. 
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LadyFromEast Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for faving my art! :iconcocoloveplz:
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Drachenseele Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Odin and the Skaldenmet by Drachenseele
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JoaoLemos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Hey, CG, thank you for all those faves - I really appreciate it!
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Uehara Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thank you for all the favs ;)
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Callego Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob! Really enjoyed going through your gallery (and  the galleries of all the other people who've written on my wall, but I don't always get around to replying here...)
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giusynuno Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late message, but thank you so much for faving!!!!!! It means a lot to me:heart:
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A little late thanks for faving my "Pen Buildings" :)
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Crishf Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Fav! :D
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