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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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:iconrebeccatripp:
RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!  You are a master of textures!
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:iconeiffa2222:
eiffa2222 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. speechless
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:iconrubyrosewaters:
rubyrosewaters Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
I absolutely love!
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:iconartserge:
artserge Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This series of drawings are truly epic, almost like victorian book plates but with more magic/mysticism. bravo!
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:iconalthea-25:
Althea-25 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great work! :)
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You picture has been featured here [link] as a deviation of the week in :icontreelovers:. Congratulations! :icontreehuggerplz:
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such great details! :iconbugplz:
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
not as many as trees have in real life ;)
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True! :icongrin--plz:
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:iconfresco24:
Fresco24 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
это не из "Домовенка Кузи"?)
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
нет, а, что, там было что-то похожее на дерево? Я его уже давно не помню.
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:iconfresco24:
Fresco24 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Леший, который говорил о приходе весны)
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
интересно, интересно . Я почти ничего и не помню. Сейчас уже новое поколение и Масяню не помнит ( не знает).
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:iconpygmyshreww:
PygmyShreww Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing.
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:iconchaoskatie:
ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is marvelous!! :nod:
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:iconebrius-art:
Ebrius-ART Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
A tree on mushrooms :D
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
interesting idea! I draw both mushrooms and trees.
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:iconmogrianne:
Mogrianne Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning - and so amazing that next weekend I will be at a pagan event where the ritual will take people by a tree that looks so much like this one that it is eerie, this tree I will illuminate with light so they can see it's beauty in its decline :D
Moira
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice! I would read a journal entry about the event if you will write.
Sasha.
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:iconfaelet:
faelet Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful detail. Original artwork.
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:icontrainer-mana:
trainer-mana Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
......I am awe struck.....
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:iconkpekep:
KPEKEP Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
красиво нарисовано !!
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
спасибо, стараюсь)
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:iconeru-neo:
eru-neo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this one! :)
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've your own weirwood it seems. From shore of North Sea to the Balkans reach. West from the Volga hordes did seek.......
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the nature around Baltic sea and nordic forests.
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it where ever I find. Amazing how much we have in pockets of the city.
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
same situation in St. Petersburg :)
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is definitely increasing exponentially here. All the factories are being or have been demolished. Buick City in Flint. The namesake here in town. I GO BY ALL THOSE VACANT ACRES WITH FROWNS.
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:iconaidheanalba:
aidheanalba Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WOW,what texture and the imagry is brilliant as a pagan it really apeals to me.
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that forest helps me to get specially detailed texture
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:iconaidheanalba:
aidheanalba Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well whatever you do it works!
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:iconfreyrstrongart:
FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
fascinating picture. Wonderful detailing and texture.
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Peachfuzz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
This is really amazing. You have truly admirable skill with texture and shading, and you chose such a creative subject! Seeing an anthro tree is a real treat compared to the usual furred fare. I just love the delicate textures of the bark and the birch's lively eyes. The depth in the backdrop is fabulous, too. Awesome work, all around. :)
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:iconaldembutcher:
AldemButcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! I often see different things in anthro form , I like to draw trees as well as animals in anthro form. This is interesting when you're not only furry artist. And this drawing I did with inspiration. :)
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