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WHEN I WAS A VIKING, MY FRIEND HE WAS THE RAVEN by Rick-Lilley WHEN I WAS A VIKING, MY FRIEND HE WAS THE RAVEN by Rick-Lilley
'When I Was A Viking
My Friend He Was The Raven'

This Digital Painting was inspired by the song 'The Raven'
And dedicated to [link]

The Stranglers
Album: The Raven [1979]

Not only does the Raven feature heavily in Norse mythology in relation to Odin (Raven-god), but the Raven was also used for navigation, A Raven will not cross any expanse of water if it could not see land.
The first reference to this was the discovery of Iceland.

References:
Figurehead of a Viking Longship, found at Oseberg.
[link]

Raven Photo. [link](36).jpg

CLOUDS REWORKED
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:iconjotunmai:
Jotunmai Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You gave this underappreciated animal its well-deserved aura! :clap:
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Nami00Kawakuro Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
very cool!!!!
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:iconakxiv:
Akxiv Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love Ravens, this one is really painted good, keep on going with that good work
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hadees Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Near land! Great work with the details :)
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:iconlibertaschi:
LibertasChi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome work! indeed realistic
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GodOfCreation Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice nearly looks real!
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Nightshade-Galaxy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really lovely piece of art, especially how it plays in mythology and has a backstory to it. I absolutely adore the Raven, the feathers are gorgeous <3
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FGZwergnase Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work. The materials look very realistic.
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:iconhitotsumami:
Hitotsumami Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The raven is beautifully colored.
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:iconterhesati:
terhesati Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Amazing details. The raven is really realistic. :)
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:iconprinceofarc:
PrinceOfArc Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The raven's feathers are gorgeous! Good job with the realism!
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:iconautobotchari:
autobotchari Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow this is a painting? I though this was real for a few moments! Excellent work!
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:iconrinnworks:
RinnWorks Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything about this is fantastic! The raven is beautiful and so are those clouds!
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:icondarksidewolves:
DarkSideWolves Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and realistic :)
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:iconmairusu-paua:
Mairusu-Paua Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Almost thought it was real. Congratulations- seriously good work!
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:iconamericandork:
AmericanDork Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can't get over how realistic that bird looks, good job. :D 
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:iconskyriaa:
Skyriaa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is amazing! :)
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Nicely done, it looks very realistic :)
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:icondemplex:
Demplex Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The crow's shading/ lighting is executed greatly. Your nature drawings are fantastic!
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:iconreruxia:
reruxia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This. Is. Amazing.
The detailing in the feathers and in the wood are outstanding.
The background is beautiful too!
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:iconrainbownote:
rainbownote Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing! There's so much detail in this and it's so realistic, it  turned out so well c: Keep up the good work!
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:iconandrewbaay:
andrewbaay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dat is Good. :D
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:icontahajawaid:
TahaJawaid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow!
Good concept!
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:iconrakisan-art:
Rakisan-Art Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very well executed! amazing work the realism effect is very nice!
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:iconrouge-fox:
Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Writer
Quite the work on realism, the detail is astounding. Good show.
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:iconlilliesofthevalley:
LilliesOfTheValley Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Beautiful work! I especially love the detail you've put in the feathers.
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:iconshinra-creation:
Shinra-Creation Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Nice work with an amazing realism effect !
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:iconpitschke:
pitschke Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very lifelike, well executed. Nice work!
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:icondredshift:
DREDSHIFT Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the amazing realism in this, from the gleam in the raven's eye and sheen in its feathers,  to the figurehead and background. Just perfect :)
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:iconprotozerg:
Protozerg Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I thought that was a picture. o.O Incredible work! :D 
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:icon98laurat:
98laurat Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's technically perfect wow!
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Mediart4u Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work as every time... ur images are way to good... so pls stop it (joke) i downt know how to comment ur Perfect work every time :D
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XxFTIxX Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome!
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:iconalatriste22:
Alatriste22 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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IceLaws Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O nicenicenicehnnnnnicenicenicehnnnn
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:iconvocaltaffy:
vocaltaffy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is superb work. For sure, it takes a great deal of patience.
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:iconspazer86:
Spazer86 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I always knew ravens were clever animals, but I didn't know this about them. Always love being educated by a drawing! : )
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:iconmikecy:
Mikecy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This looks like a photo-realistic! Cool idea and superb execution. :)
 
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:iconthesinnersangel:
Thesinnersangel Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing. I love the raven.
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Schokopir Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, as I looked at it in the small view I almost thought it was a photo!
I love your realistic style and the composition of the colours.
Great Job! :)
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nightgrowler Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well done!
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BigA-nt Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good work. the image is very detailed and I love the way you created this image. The crow is so real looking. Great work -well done! :D
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:iconkidliquorice:
kidliquorice Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful. The detail is mind-blowing.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's one well-done bird!
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ShaneProcrastinates Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Woah! It looks really realistic! Love the detail and sheen on the ravens feathers, and the lighting on the stature is godlike!

Very great patterning and texturing :) Friendly colours and cool way of mixing the two subjects together!

Have a rocking time :D
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:iconarlesienne:
Arlesienne Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Very pretty and what I prize even more is the meaningfulness of the piece. I enjoy symbolism and mythology-related nods are always appreciated!
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:iconfeitaru:
Feitaru Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very detailed, great composition too, and nice colours.
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S-Baptista-Art Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice composition :)
I love the raven and the sky, very well done!
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:iconartauxeo:
artauxeo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice work on the details
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:iconwillworks:
WillWorks Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   General Artist
Very good texture.  The raven looks believable with its feathers.  And the Clouds also look great in the background. :)
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