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Baldr by JonHodgson Baldr by JonHodgson
(C) 2008 Eden Co Ltd and Hachette.

Here's one from the archives, just to keep my gallery alive! Baldr, the Norse god, as painted for Beasts and Beings, published by Hachette.

Painter and Photoshop.
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Tirebay1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This is very Asgardian. I think you have captured the true spirit of Thor's younger brother. Nice linework, nice colors & nice detail.
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JovenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Mola!
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superscatboy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Best depiction of Baldr on DA - nice work :)
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this is a very cool job! :thumbsup:
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfurrylittleproblem12:
you're welcome :)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   Digital Artist
Your Baldr is much more fierce and tough than my cute boy in WIP, you just reminded me I should finish him. And I wondered if Baldr would have a beard or not, but I guess you had directions from the company here, not considered myths and Viking's culture?
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Er of course I considered VIking myths and cultures. Baldr is often depicted without a beard as an archetypical dying and rising young son figure, and equally often depicted with one as is natural for him part of his culture. For a modern, young audience his character is IMHO better carried by a beardless sun hero kinda feller.

For example here, where he has far less beard than the other figures: [link] - certainly within his cultural context that's hardly a beard at all.

We also have the more neo-classical interpretations that have him beardless: [link]

So really its a matter of weighing up the contexts of myth, culture, and the resonances you want to convey to the given audience and coming to a particular conclusion.
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GoredGuar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. I adore the feeling of movement and the style of colouring fits so well with the piece.
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was fun to do.
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