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The Boar God's Gift by ursulav The Boar God's Gift by ursulav
"I don't know," I said. "So many things I thought were true turned out not to be. And if those things are false, then how can anything be true?"

"I cannot help you," the boar-god said. "You have no enemies worth trampling, and I cannot remake the world into a shape you understand." He lowered his head. "All I can give you is one night of sleep. No dreams or demons will approach you. No doubts will yammer in your ear. You need not argue with old lovers inside your head, or tell yourself the stories you already know by heart."

"Thank you," I said.

"It is a small thing," said the boar-god, "but small things are the beginning of courage."

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This started with me roughing out the sketch digitally for a painting, and then the sketch kept on going, and then I wound up fooling with the background grey, and then it was done and I said "Huh. Okay. That'll work."

Prints available for $10 and $20 plus shipping at Red Wombat Studio: [link]
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Bealmeister Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Very nice job on this. I like the story that goes along with it, makes me glad that most boar-gods don't turn into giant tentacled demons like in Princess Mononoke. :)
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Ravenhart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I love the story behind it.
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AThiefandAStalker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
That is a gift I would love.
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great picture, great back story!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thatīs so cute!
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darandle Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
So, I came back and looked at this for the first time in ages. I remembered the story, but it felt good to read it again. I am having a bad night, and this makes it slightly better.
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bastard-comics Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! love the style.
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:iconmrsratbag:
mrsratbag Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This image makes me all warm in my heart.

:kitty:
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MonstersandMayhem Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
That's deep!
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rumblebee25 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Dear heavens how we've all needed that. Love the hatch marks that are almost woodcut and her face. Lovely work.
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:iconemerlyrose:
emerlyrose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Great job!
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karookachoo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love black and white digital art.
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:iconfreikorpsmann:
Freikorpsmann Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
You have a fine style. I haven't pinpointed what it is yet, but something you do gives a warmth and vibrancy to your illustrations, even in black and white. (Though you use colours very well.)
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Shichoyou Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
That gift may not seem like much at first, but I think a lot of us could use such a gift.

Beautiful work, and a thoroughly enjoyable tidbit of a story. Somehow you managed to make that boar both adorable and intimidating.
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BrittiBug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Reminds me of Princess Mononoke. I love this picture :)
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Symbi0sis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I love that this is done in monochrome, it's refreshing.
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So sweet and lovely. <3
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Nevermore1337 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
thats one big pig lol
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Wow, this is a really nice drawing too. Seeing that woman rest her head on the side of this massive boar, I can almost smell the great beast's musk, and feel its bristly hide. It's especially fine contrasting the much lighter swine image I just looked at before.

I really like this style. Bold, and sketchy at the same time. They both look so peaceful. A very nicely drawn scene.
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fyre-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I really do TRULY enjoy every little story you put to your artworks. They all make me smile. :)
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alexluna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Reminds me of the giant Boar guardians from Princess Mononoke. Precious.
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
the short little story with this is amazing. . . of course, the piece has narrative in and of itself, but with the story it's so complete.

it looks good in black and white, and if you choose to make a painting, i can't wait to see the execution. it just seems so perfect the way it is now. . .
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SlightlyAvocado Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
:OOO Delightful. I've never seen this style from you, and it looks so good! :D
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skugga1984 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hm....this animal reminds me a bit of the "gods" in "princess mononoke".
really good job! *fave*
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love this.
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Meppou Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
I'd like to meet the Boar God... He touched my heart even tough I've just read that story.
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Marilyse Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I had a giant boar god.
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amoi Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
I love the linework here. Particularly the texture of the boar's fur <3
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Prometeus Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The image is great; the tale, superb. But the final sentence of the Boar God worths the world. I'll give you a favorite, instead. :)
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Lavender-Ink Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the little mini-story that goes with it. It made it so much more meaningful. I love it. :)
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Xaliandrea Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Beautiful! You don't do serious very often (gearworld aside) but this is really lovely!
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Sharpfang Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
oh, a gift worthy of gods...
few understand its value but these who do know how priceless it is.
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Rodolfo-S Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Amazing work!
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Very good work.
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emerald-starflower Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I might order a print at some point... It's beautiful, and struck a chord.
...I think it was the part about arguing with old lovers, or the beginning of courage.

You break my heart in the most amazing ways. :love:
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s1renwoman Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I love it :)

What's the dialog from? Did you write it? It's lovely.
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:iconadeu:
Adeu Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
You could name her "Mononoke hime" since she can deal with such a creature :)
Nice job! :clap:
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cvalphen Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sometimes I can't tell if I like your drawing your your description better. Thank you!
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CuVallen Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
This reminds me a bit of Princess Mononoke, perhaps before the Boar God decided he hated the humans.
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Aurora-Storm Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's funny how much your stories can endow the image with such depth and meaning. The entire tone changed for me. It's dark, and vaguely grim in the distance - yet, somehow, safe. The tones and lines really deepen the atmosphere here.
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LtlDevil Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
wow! nice work!
like the line work in it!^^

Joey
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Anebrd Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
interesting. One particular reason I enjoy and watch you, besides fantastic pictures is the comments. So much like a minitale thrown in for goodness.
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
it makes me go AWWWWWWWWW!
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JessicaDunn Featured By Owner May 16, 2010   General Artist
wow! Simply gorgeous! I have to say one I my favourites from you so far.
And that's saying a lot.
Lovely story too. I'd like to meet this boar-god.
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JessicaDunn Featured By Owner May 16, 2010   General Artist
"one 'of' my favourites"
*cough* exuse me.
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DiDaDragon Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Monnonoke Hime?:)
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Servitor2152 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
This piece seems like it could/should take place in the Digger-verse.
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Such a beautiful picture, detail and such, with a wonderful story to go with it!
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Minali-Caritas Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Love it. Love the style.
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thesuicidalhamster Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
D':
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