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September 26, 2012
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Guardian of the withered paganism by AldemButcher Guardian of the withered paganism by AldemButcher
This is - an anthropomorphic birch trunk weeping in the swamps of Russian forests, drawn with graphite pencils on colored paper.

Technique: Pencil

The real dimensions of 21 x 30 cm

Date: August 2012

About the picture:

I liked these verses here (the author - pagan metal band "Bastion"):

The past is hidden from us with a shroud,
Slowly melts in the mist.
Once the gods leaded after themselves,
Today not all follow!
Faded memory of Slavic Rod
About the martial exploits of Fathers.
Pack of treacherous enemies
Enslaved the soul of a nation!!

We could not bury
Those who fought for our freedom.
Sons of Russia forgotten
The oath to Svarog given by Ancestors!

And the past is slowly melting in the heat,
Calls us to follow him,
And no white light is visible in the darkness,
Darkness is over the Russian land!!

Get up, the same great Slavic tribe!
For your land, for the Gods!
In Russia, it is a terrible time -
Forgotten the wisdom of the wise men.
Heroes of bloody troops ignite lights,
Rising from the ashes
So Bravely fight for that the enemies would fallen
And know that your path - is Right!

These songs inspired me to create the drawing. I also started it in the woods, like birch. Its shape seemed interesting to me. I understand what it's like to face the strange creatures and gave it a metaphysical sense. Anthropomorphic Birch came out. Lighting emphasizes the mood in the picture. This twilight - when changing time of day - it symbolizes the transition from one era to another.

Svarog and Rod are russian pagan gods.
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I absolutely love!
artserge Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This series of drawings are truly epic, almost like victorian book plates but with more magic/mysticism. bravo!
Althea-25 Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great work! :)
MirachRavaia Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You picture has been featured here [link] as a deviation of the week in :icontreelovers:. Congratulations! :icontreehuggerplz:
jazzilady Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such great details! :iconbugplz:
AldemButcher Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not as many as trees have in real life ;)
jazzilady Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True! :icongrin--plz:
Fresco24 Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
это не из "Домовенка Кузи"?)
AldemButcher Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
нет, а, что, там было что-то похожее на дерево? Я его уже давно не помню.
Fresco24 Sep 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Леший, который говорил о приходе весны)
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