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Paul Bunyan and the Wendigo by gaelvin Paul Bunyan and the Wendigo by gaelvin
This is my first digital painting.

This piece was inspired by the idea of taking characters from American folklore and tall tales, and re-casting them in stories with a more mythic feel. The character of Paul Bunyan seemed to me to be very much like the god Thor, and the Native American Wendigo was a good corollary to the Frost Giants of Norse mythology.
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cursedironfist7 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
my money's on paul.
TernaryAcid Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Now this is a battle i would love to see.
artrevolver15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
This is the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny...
sigmu Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
hmmm... i can actually see this happening.
pharmmajor Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
That poor wendigo has no chance. Kick its ass, Paul.
MrsFredWeasley7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could have sharp teeth, but totally awesome!
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Great picture. Bunyan is sooooo dead!
dreamsofswimming Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Great idea and awesome drawing.
LordGoth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Growing up, I would never have known I'd have taken an interest in the macabre then as I do now. I remember tales as a boy of Paul, and Babe The Blue Ox before. I remember discovering Lovecraft's works as well. The Wendigo was never My favorite, but the spirit of such always held an interest for Me. This particular work seems to fuse (for Me at least) two worlds: 1 which I hadn't thought about since I was a lad, and the other--the world I read in the most. I'd say you did very well here. I like this piece. It's creepy in a way, but hell if I had kids of My own and this was the illustration for the story of Paul meeting the Cold Creeper Of The Great North, I'd let 'em read it. You have earned 11's from Me for this.
gaelvin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.

This piece actually grew during the process of painting. I began with the goal stated in my comments, but as I worked on it, a whole back-story took form. I am currently working on scripting out a graphic novel for this story. Its an on-again off-again process since art is unfortunately not my day-job, but I intend to put it up here when I have something.
LeoDIlfKaiser Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
Holy crap! That thing is huge if it can dwarf Paul Bunyan.
Jackwrench Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Awesome stuff.

Dabblinguy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Awesome work here! I've got my money on Paul since he's got an axe and the strong belief of "the bigger they are, the harder they fall" may happen. I like your creepy-&-cool take on the Wendigo- he reminds of Grendel from the Beowulf movie, but not too gross =D

By the way, great analogy between North American and Norse mythology- that sort of stuff is my cup of mead :aww:
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Generic-Extremity Featured By Owner May 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
God, for a moment I thought this was an actual American myth, and I would've fainted. I love the idea!
Hennesey Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
Get em Paul!
erlkoenig Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, that's an interesing idea. Well done and yeah I can see the similarities between those two.
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