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Lady Hel by silverelfshadows Lady Hel by silverelfshadows
In Norse mythology, Hel is the daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrbo­a. Her brothers are the massive wolf, Fenris˙lfr, and the World Serpent, J÷rmungandr.

Hel rules over the realm of the same name located within the icy mists of Niflheim. The souls of those who die of old age or sickness are given to her to preside over in the hall of ╔lj˙­nir. Among Hel's prized possessions are a dish called "Hunger," and a knife called "Famine."


I used some more of the new stuff I've learned in this image. I had particular fun creating the ice texture under her skin and enhancing the tattoo drawing on her arm. I hope people enjoy it!

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Hesher187 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!, I like that but whats on her wrist? Is that part of the mythology or artistic license?
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In the original image it's a henna tattoo. I changed it to resemble blood flowing down her arm - which is artistic license regarding the mythology, as Hel is half alive and half dead, I added that in to suggest that.
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Hesher187 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, i was just wondering
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
gorgeous!
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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1000damateur Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I'm not trying to be a smartie pants but J÷rmungandur isn't really used for the third child of Loki and Angurbo­a.. though it is one name for him. He is usually called Mi­gar­sormur (mi­gar­sormr in ancient Icelandic).
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know this. I prefer when doing explanations of art to use the more common mythological references, which have J÷rmungandur named among Loki's children. Mi­gar­sormur is just another way of saying Midgard Serpent, or World Serpent, which ends up being the same thing. One thing about Norse Mythology is that because so much of it is fragmented, we only have so much to go on. I normally pull my explanations and myths directly from the Eddas, even though Snorri was an ass who denounced his gods. Met a fitting end though. Thank you for giving me the ancient Icelandic spelling of midgard serpent though, I know that is as close to Old Norse as we can get nowadays. :)
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1000damateur Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
No problem, sorry about me being a wise ass ;)
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a big deal, I'm a wise ass myself sometimes :)
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Elric888 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
This is absolutely beautiful. This is the first image of Hel that I have really thought looks right, outstanding work!
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Chocann Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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KigaWeirdo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Hel! <3 Love her. You did a great job, but as for accuracy, I might have made it more clear that half of her is alive and half dead. Otherwise brilliant, I really like the way you've portrayed her. Can't wait for your Loki, I'm so tired of the ones affected by the comic version!
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Fairchild12 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
very cool. i like all the blue. :D i love the myth about hel. :)
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Demon-of-Sins666 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
I think I would of liked to see a knife on top a dish in the background, for the effect, and a little bit more clarification of who she is. And if it was in the middle of winter instead of in a misty glade, it might have been better, again only for me though. But all in all, i very beautiful picture of the goddess!
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SPIDIvonMARDER Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont know very well nordic mithology. But this picture is awesome and romantic. Beutyful model and her hair and clothes.
s she giantess? unfortunately... this isnt visible in this photo... but may i dont undearstand it :P
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She isn't a giantess, she is the daughter of a god and a giantess.
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SPIDIvonMARDER Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha, ok, sorry :) PS; thanks for llama :)
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I normally don't like photo manips, but this one is incredibly striking. LOVELY use of color and negative space. Beautiful misty trees, too.
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :) I really wanted to contrast her hair and lips with the rest of the image.
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AshenSorrow Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:iconwowplz: :excited: Art like this is what makes DA shine!! :clap: AMAZING!! this has been added to our slide show,Thank you for using our stock :blowkiss: :iconsecrethandshakeplz:
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I am so very glad that you like it! Your stock is beautiful and I look forward to using more of it :)
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Beautiful dark atmosphere ! :clap:
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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Khalija Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
... Arrrh.
Just have to fave it x) I love to see works about my Queen !
It's a really, really nice depiction ! I love how this particular set of stock is used to depict Hel (I've used one of this serie myself to depict Her ^^)
I love the work on the tatoo ! Kinda like scars ... or hurts.
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D The tattoo was a great bit of fun, I used the ice texture under her skin to give the impression of bleeding cracks of ice, and I think I pulled it off fairly well :D

I love this black magic series and I know a lot of people have used them but I think thats one of the greatest things about photo manipulation... one image can be turned into many unique pieces of art :D

Glad you like it!
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Khalija Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Oh, yeah, the effect is really well done ^^

Yep :) But I find it funny that people use it for Hel (well, i've lready seen it used 4 or 5 time for a representation of Hel ^^)

'cause I'm curious : which Gods are you planning to do ? :)
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
People probably use the ice skin for Hel because Niflheim is such a cold realm.

For Gods I plan on attempting Odin, Loki, Thor, Tyr, Heimdall, Bragi, Baldr, and Nj÷r­r. Sutr isn't a god but I really want to attempt him. I would like to do Freyr also, but the problem is he's usually depicted as naked with a giant erect penis, and I'm not sure that would go over too well, lol.

Goddesses, I've already done Hel and Freyja, I'd like to do Skadi, Eir, Sigyn, Nanna, and I have an idea I'd like to try for Frigg, but I think I need a lot more practice before I do something THAT ambitious.

It's a huge list, and there's still more gods I could depict, but those are the ones I really want to do :D
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Khalija Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Well, i understand Her realm (the Helheim - in my experience, Helheim and Niflheim are two separate realms. Linked, but separate) is more .. autumn-ish than cold.

Aaah, Surtr. He's ... Well, fascinating ! One of the most ancient being of the norse myth ! I worked with Him one. Well ... I hope I will not have to do that kind of work in a long time. But that was a very itneresting experience.

Yeah, that's a nice list you plan to do :D
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Right, but because she is still associated with Niflheim the idea that her skin is made of ice is fairly popular.

I am really interested in Sutr, he's going to have a part to play in the novel I'm working on when my hero finds he must cross into Muspelheim... without Sutr noticing :D
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Khalija Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Well, She's kind of ... cold. Her energy is cold. But more cold like a chill in autumn, the harshness of the rock.
I've seen more representation of Her going with the "half-living / half-dead" than ice, but I think it can also suit Her pretty nicely ^^

Well ... If you want I can sum up what I know from experience of how Surtr is :)
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AThousandRasps Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It looks nice. It would have been cool to incorporate more of the myths into the image--somehow hinting at her brothers in the background, or indicating she's dead from the waist down, etc. :) Choice details make a pic but it's easy to go over the top.

I'm interested to see your take on Heimdall, as I read in a comment below. Heimdall is my patron Norse deity and whose name I've taken! I've been too scared to do my own image of him.
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My real worry about doing Heimdall, really all of the gods, is that there is a lack of the right types of models here on DA. I'm going to have to really search, unless I can somehow convince the guys from Amon Amarth to model for me, lol.
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AThousandRasps Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ohh, I see. Johann Hegg IS pretty much the best man for the job. :p I don't know much about that problem, but there are some okay ones by :iconstripwalker:. I also did a search for "muscle" under Resources/Stock Images/Model/Male/Full Body. You also don't have to give them all the same body type or look for anything "ideal." Images are more interesting if they're NOT ideal, I think. You may want to look for someone really heavy but muscular for Thor, someone more willowy for Heimdall, etc. (I could see this being a good Thor, for instance: [link] ) It's up to your interpretation of course, but I noticed that a lot of your women have the same body type. :) Good luck with future endeavors.
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually pick swedish models when I'm doing pagan/nordic artwork, I do need to find some good Danish women because they have (generally) bigger builds. I do want to use Scandinavian models for these, for obvious reasons :D
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CreateNoReflection Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have to ask, what brought your interest in Norse mythology? I have a great affection for it myself, so I'm pleased to know someone else who brings some of it into their artwork.
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silverelfshadows Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really very strange, or not, depending on how you look at it.

There has always just been something that pulled me to the Nordic gods. When I became Wiccan, I chose Freyja and Odin as my names for Goddess and God (and of course sing/pray to the others as well). I read the Eddas, and there is just something about it... like I've known it all before. It just seems to come from my heart.

I discovered Amon Amarth a couple years ago and they're quite dominate in my musical playlists. I listen to songs like Under the Northern Star and Pursuit of Vikings, and I just feel inspired to create artwork that reflects my love for the Aesir and Vanir. I also like doing artwork of them because it's an oppurtunity to educate people on norse myths.

I'm really hoping to do a series of all the norse gods, and hopefully I can get good enough to manip some big scenes - I would like to do Heimdallr by the Bifrost, and Sutr but the idea of doing a big flaming giant with a big flaming sword intimidates me :D Plus there's nowhere near enough hot, muscular men with long hair and/or beards in DA's stock!

Sorry for the book, I just love talking this subject, lol.
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CreateNoReflection Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely smashing, love!

<3
Raine
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