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Water spirit - Vedenhaltija by Midorisa Water spirit - Vedenhaltija by Midorisa
Finally I got myself to draw more traditional work for the gods/creatures series I'm making.

Vetehinen is a water spirit (vedenhaltija) , who sometimes is thought to be evil, sometimes good. It could be a soul of a drowned person, and it would try to lure the living into water to drown. As it's quite like 'Näkki' in this sense, it's kind of a finnish version of näkki (which was originally 'adopted' from sweden and became commonly used). But, it also had a good side, as in some old stories vetehinen is described as a god of fish. People would pray to her/him in hopes of getting a better catch.

My fantasy interpretation: I somewhat like to think that whether the spirit is evil or good, it actually depends on people themselves meeting it. If you're full of negative emotions, you're likely to see all through that feeling and it start to distort your world too much. It takes the form of the evil that lies within you yourself.  So, if you come with an ill will and greedy mind, you might face the 'evil' one. But if you were humble and peaceful, you would see the 'good' one. As it is a nature spirit, it can alter it's form freely. Because of this ability, it's actually neither female or male and no one knows it's true face or form. In this drawing I wanted to portray the gentle side of her/him/it :).

Tools: Pencil and some color added in PS.
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chaos-angel5 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything sits so perfectly in this piece. The composition is very balanced and her clothing is very nice and sitting on her solidly. And the details and design are fantastic. I love this piece ^^
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Thank you for giving detailed feedback! I like static and fairly symmetrical poses, and I felt it supports the idea of non-human, mysterious character :).
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chaos-angel5 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always try to! Because I love to look at the art until I've seen every detail ^^
I agree with that! It does give it that feel. 
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Lizally Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Really beautiful ♥
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Thank you very much!
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Mslayer01 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
beautifully done ^^
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Thank you :)
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loner911 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work!!!
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you!
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Kouryuu524 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Your art is amazing as always. Its awesome to see you continuing to grow.
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you Kouruu! The journey goes on and I've decided to give it all I've got :).
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Kouryuu524 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well I hope everything is going well for you.
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
Thanks :)
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BlueRain1984 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you!
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BlueRain1984 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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cokeboy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you did a fantastic job with the lineart! Great work! :D
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you :)
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cokeboy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Anipzis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good drawing!
Mighty beautiful! :D

Ummm, haltija is spirit, and veden is water, isn't it? What book that mention about this creature?
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you very much!

A literal translation for "haltija" would be "an elf"or "a fairy". But as the English word isn't used in that purpose that I feel the finnish word is in this context, I decided to use the spirit word instead (a literal word in finnish for spirit is 'henki'". The word haltija is also used if a person is a possessor of something, a holder of something (so he/she is it's haltija/owner) still today. A terrible sounding literal translation for vedenhaltija would be "an elf of water" or even worse "waters elf". 'Veden' is a possessive form of the base word vesi, which means water. It's hard to try and translate the 'original feeling' into a language that is completely different from it, and not being the native speaker yourself.

All my drawings in this series are based on Finnish mytholgy and folktales/lore, illustrating the gods/goddesses, spirits and creatures described in them. In the old times, a lot of the information existed only as an unwritten folklore, people singing and telling tales/poems to each other. Some of those tales still have a 'purpose' today and people use them and talk about the creatures, in a metaphorical and symbolic way maybe but still. As I child I was told not to go near water on my own as the water spirit (näkki) would eat me if I did :D. My mother used it to scare me so that I would't go and drown. There are books covering the topic of finnish mythology and folktales translated into english I'm sure, if you're interested :).
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Anipzis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, well.
Yeah, i got it a little. It's completely different from English, huh?
So haltija is owner/possessor? And veden is from vesi, which means water? Yeah, this is completely different ^^;

Okaaay, It's Finnish mythology and folktales. People there still talking about that tales? Interesting! :D So, peoples in Finland still having that culture until now?
Well, i like stories. I might want to read it! Because its sounds cool! :D
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2016
Yeah, it's very different as they don't belong to same linguistic family. I don't know if Finland is any different from any country or culture there is, all having their history, specific habits and folklore :). We have the sagas/mythology from scandinavia or German mythology, the Odyssei of the ancient Greek for example.  Finlands national epic Kalevala (published in 1835-36) is most know collection of  stories/poetry that Elias Lönnrot collected in his 'poem collecting journeys' made around Finland. It contains adventures of various characters described in fifty different songs/poems.  There's also Kanteletar and collections of proverbs that are connected into folklore and mythology. I've been interested in these things for some time and wanted to draw something that had it's origins in my own culture and give them a fresh face in my style. The real world and history is a source of endless inspiration. I'm happy that you find it interesting as well :).
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Anipzis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's very detailed explanation. Have you read it all? O.o
You must be loving mythology and folklore very much! I'm loved it too, actually. But my english skill is still limited so i usually can't read it well ^^; But i might give a try to read about it someday! I'll remember it, Kalevala.

Yeah, i like folklore and mythology too! It's interesting to read. And i think it's good idea to pour this into art. I'm still learning how to draw properly. I want to do the same thing like you as well ^^
Ah, and how to make it beautiful so another people may be attracted too!

I like your style! You have some beautiful arts there! I think i'll watch you from now on :D
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Midorisa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
I've read Kalevala and Kanteletar, and when I was still in school and a child, all students had to read at least a part of it as a part of general education. 
I'm honored if my art can inspire others, it's just like the saying that you hear a lot, inspire and be inspired.

Practice is the key, you can do it :). All start from somewhere and the best ones never gave up on art. I'm still learning very much myself and I don't think that
part ever really changes, as it's just an endless journey of learning and discovery. Set up your goals high, enjoy what you're doing, and just draw :).
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Anipzis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, inspire and be inspired!

Ok, will do! :D
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