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odin falling by ceruleanvii odin falling by ceruleanvii
I don't do a lot of fan art, but I read a short story by storykween Jayden Woods and I just had to take a crack at her Tosti character, a Viking boy with long blond braids. I love braids on guys, but they're a tough look to pull off... :)

Anyways, the story is about the main character Canute's (later to be Canute the Great) relationship with Tosti, and Canute's own conflicted emotions about religion - whether to trust in Odin (the raven) or embrace Christianity. So I wanted to work some of these themes into it. It started, as most of my works do, as just a practice sketch of a face from a photo in a book, and when I read the story, I decided to turn him into Tosti, and it slowly evolved from there. My usual half-assed working methods. I was also trying to play around with some new brushes and coloring techniques, particularly warm saturated shadows.

Here's a link to the short stories (they're all really good!)

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:icondenisgabriel:
denisgabriel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Gorgeous face.
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WildernessMan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Cool picture - hope he trusted the raven. :)
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denisgabriel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool braids!
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:iconxakana:
xakana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful
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:iconophidiel:
Ophidiel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Very nice
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:icongugi40:
gugi40 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is so pretty that I am questioning my sexuality lol.
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I need to read this story. Love your pic, love the contrasts.
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:iconroselovecry:
RoseLoveCry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG WHAT A BOY ^_^ i am totally falling in love
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:iconnajacr:
najacr Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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:iconcheveuxdencre:
Cheveuxdencre Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Please, Who is this model that you represent all the time? thanks
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:iconzhaanman:
Zhaanman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning look the eyes look So sorrowful and your blend of color for his skin tone and shadow is just brilliant right down to the light redning of his eyes a very moving image and the braids work without making him girly!
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cassiopeia15 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I think the wonderful way you do the contrast of colors, it's like he is deeply lost in thought without saying that the braids are adorable, strangely I'm also in love with braids. You're certainly one of the most blessed with the gift of art I've ever see.
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! :)
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:iconqgisetteqnoqtakaiq:
QGisetteQnoQTakaiQ Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hothothotohotohotohotohotohot *nosebleed*
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:icontea-junkyard:
tea-junkyard Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hot.
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:iconpinavela:
Pinavela Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Amazing. He looks like Justin from Queer as Folk ^ ^
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:iconbastet-san:
Bastet-SAN Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
What is the mysterious man))
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:iconfrostcrystal:
frostcrystal Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The play of colour is sublime. <3 I love it. Was it hard to get all the purple skin-shadows right?
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, the purple shadows were tough and in the end, I probably overdid them. But I love color!
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justinworld21 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
1000th favourite :D Great work! Very realistic.
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:icona-blackrose-artist:
A-BlackRose-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I stopped cold while scrolling through arts when I noticed this.
He's just heartbreakingly beautiful, to sum it up. (Even though I'm not to crazy about braided hair on guys)

I have to say, this is a job... you know I don't have a word for it so I'll make one up.
This is a job magnificantabulously done.
2 dozen thumbs and a couple big toes UP. :D
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks, I'm glad you like him! He was fun :)
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:iconjosromeo:
JosRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
awesome.
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:icontanit-isis-stock:
tanit-isis-stock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
GOSH!!!!!!!!:wow:
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
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:iconopeiko-blue:
Opeiko-Blue Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Hummm, so sexy!! *o*
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:iconartictiger:
ArticTiger Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O Lovely eyes lips.. yummy :giggle:
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nathie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh good Lord, those eyes. I studied almost an eternity those saturated shades. It is so warm and full of life, the perfect autumn picture! :love:
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks nathie! :)
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HonEastIndiaCo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
I'm in love.... Seriously, the guy you've created here is inhumanly sexy, which as a god, I think fits nicely. Helps that it's been made superbly, and you show an ability at art displayed by few I have seen. But ultimately, I just am happy to sit and drool over him.
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well he's not a god himself, but the story does refer to a few - glad you enjoyed him! :)
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LaurelSKY Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Del! I just love the narrative behind this picture, as well as how lovely the braids and details came out. Really everything about it is lovely, fabulous work :D
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks Daphne! This was a quickie, but there were a few things I wanted to experiment with, and I'm glad I did. No more braids for awhile now :)
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LaurelSKY Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awwh! Maybe next time you paint a dude with dredlocks or those cornrow braids or whatever they're called? It would be epic! Like Boris Valeijo beefcake epic! (just kidding :p )

I'm filled with unsafe ideas btw :)
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:iconcozacat:
cozacat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist
yummy!!! :drool:
*nothing better to say... :ohmygod:*
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:iconthetytan:
TheTytan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Love it! The dark, the light, the blood, the duality, just love it.
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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:iconpurblindd:
Purblindd Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sigh* O_O

like it.
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:iconastera-t:
Astera-T Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Very well done! He is so expressive...the braids came out perfect and he looks....well, he really looks like a very datable guy! ;)
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you!
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Astera-T Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
YOu are welcome! :)
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:iconvongue:
vongue Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow there's a whole story behind the picture
amazing
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:iconaaraujo:
Aaraujo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It looks amazing :) I love the colors on his hair, that gives it such a soft touch!
Question for you: do you use ref when creating works usually? I'm asking cause his face (specially his mouth) reminds me a lot of Randy Harrison ;P
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Someone else had said the same thing, but I had no idea who Randy Harrison is so I had to look it up - so no it's not him :)

This started out like I mentioned as a painted sketch from a photo of a guy in a book I have. I liked his eyes in particular. But when I decided to turn him into Tosti, I kept some of his features and altered others. It still looks somewhat like him but different - and he definitely didn't have braids :) and he was in dress shirt, no necklace :) For most things I paint I do look at a variety of refs if it will help, but don't necessarily copy them - like for the shape of the braids on this, I found a picture of an Indian girl in braids, but her hair was black, so I had to think about what this type of blond hair would do in the lighting I set up. Things like that.
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Aaraujo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow that's so funny, what a coincidence! Well.. Randy looks good in braids, I'll say xDD

That' a very healthy way to use reference :) You're works are very beautiful! Thank you for sharing <3
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ChristopherJStafford Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
normally, i hate dripping blood in pictures because i think its cliche, but you do a very good job with it. as always, the color and attention to detail is phenomenal!
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I agree about the dripping blood, and I went back and forth with myself about whether to take it out. I usually don't like cliches like that either. But it added a lot to that upper corner, and without giving away any spoilers, the blood is part of the story.
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ChristopherJStafford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
its great that you kept it, especially if it has meaning in the story. the picture is very well executed ^__^
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LapysFireFly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the look in his eyes.
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