The Winds of Rebirth Picture

This is a composition sketch for one of the final illustrations I have to do for an assignment. Basically, we had to take the Grimm story of Jorinda and Joringel and transpose it into another time and place. I chose Inuit (Greenland) myths and legends.

This is basically an illustration of a key scene from my, rewritten version of that narrative - the guy on the bottom right is an ice demon, Mahaha, the girl in the middle is my 'Jorinda' (Asuilaak is her name here) and the woman on the top right is the sun goddess, Seqinek.

Basically, Asuilaak has been carrying the remnants of the wind god's (Sila's) winds in her stomach, ready for the day when she will say a magic chant to release them and they will sweep away the ice demon and the venegeful queen of the sea, Sedna, and return the colour those two stole to the land. What he conveniently forgot to tell her was that the winds would tear through her belly, killing her. Kind of big detail, you'd think. Some people...*shakes head.*

This story has been cobbled together from elements of Inuit mythology, but it is my own creation - as such, I can promise neither narrative nor mythological accuracy. Despite all the research I have done, I still only have an outsider's understanding of that culture.

Originally sketched on paper, but shaded with my tablet - I must say, it is nice to be able to really take your time over details - in terms of blending, both acrylic and ink dry really fast.

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