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Dark romance by JessicaKKowton Dark romance by JessicaKKowton
For "Myths in another genre" contest by Myths-and-Legends.

Main idea is about some kind of romance between creatures of Slavic mythology.
Guy is upyr (упырь), another type of these blood sucking undeads. Wizard or witch who were killed (or any other unnatural death) could become upyr. Or usual folk who were cursed. So, they are vampires, but not really.
Girl is rusalka (русалка). They weren't human and are rather water/forest/field spirit (well, actually there are versions about drowned girls). They have fish tale while in water which turn into legs when they are on land. Just like upyrs they kill innocent people. So, they are mermaids, but, well, not really. (:
Slavic mythology is pretty gloom, on my opinion, so I thought, romance would fit fine. (:

Надеюсь, по-русски объяснять про русалок и упырей не надо. D:


Also I'm going to submit this piece to another small contest irl but still not sure if they'll accept it... Upd. They accepted it and I won cool artbook. :O




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:iconjacindaadams:
jacindaadams Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Omg this looks so cool. O.O im glade you won that contest. X3 you deserved it. X3
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm happy to read this! ♥
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jacindaadams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Its no problem sugar. X3
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Osinka Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Очень атмосферно получилось и самобытно!
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Спасибо!
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akitku Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! <3 What a great concept. You captured the gloomy mood perfectly!
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Really beautiful and unique concept! Lovely depiction! :love:

Congratulations for your win! :clap: Keep up your talented job! :hug:
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ♥
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Til-Til Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Прекрасная пара! :love:
По гамме Билибина напоминает очень, здорово
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Спасибо. :>
И про Билибина приятно слышать. У него есть несколько иллюстраций, которые я помню и детства и которые меня иногда вдохновляют. Я даже недавно прикупила пару книжек с ним, чтобы оформление покурить. Оказалось, подобрать книжку не с замыленными картинками не такая уж тривиальная задача, не все серии могут похвастать. :О
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Til-Til Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Билибин прекрасен, тоже люблю его с детства, у меня сказки с его иллюстрациями были. Наверное, эта книга и еще одна, со сказками Шарля Перро, где были волшебные иллюстрации героев в костюмах эпохи барокко, побудили меня рисовать :)
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TheStoryCollector Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow. I really love the way you drew this! It has an art nouveau feel to it in having a lot of detail in some parts yet knowing where to hold back in others. Well done!

Also, considering that Rusalka are said to be the souls of girls with tragic circumstances involving love, I kind of imagine that the upyr is helping her to move on from that so she can move on to a better place -like any good wizard would do- but in the process she would have to leave him behind on earth which I think adds a bit of tragedy to their story.
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm happy to read this and to know that you can see story in picture! ^^ I'd personally prefer more grim version but this leaving behind stuff sounds cool, too.
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TheStoryCollector Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Oh, there's still plenty of grim elements to their relationship. Their version of going out to dinner is devouring any human foolish enough to wander the woods at night, for example.
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zoelajoan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student General Artist
this drawing is so incredible, love the detail and design of it all! 
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ♥
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: This is such a gorgeous and detailed picture! I love your style and idea. Great stuff!
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JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ♥
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