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Baba Yaga. by Himmapaan Baba Yaga. by Himmapaan
'She threw her comb – and there grew up a deep and terrifying forest'

Illustration for Baba Yaga, from Myths and Legends of Russia, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]

This is just one of a myriad of tales in Slavic folklore to feature the marvelous Baba Yaga, by turns wicked and benign. This one happens to be one of my favourites of these tales. (Can you spot the comb?)
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iamWanderlust Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow! the deatails on the trees are amazingly well done!
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jinxfu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooo. I love this. I really dig this. Wonerful composition. Great use of red.
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Miss-Morozova Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baba Yaga always frightened me as a child...
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X-X-charlie-X-X Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that fable from Best-loved folktales of the world.

I love your illustration.
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MerryMeeper Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Absolutely fantastic! The composition as a whole flows very nicely, and I can't stop looking at that breezy, flowing grass! What lovely details to it all! The leaves and vines are marvelous.
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hogret Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Featured [link]
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MrsBrushwood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, you can see almoast every leaf in this one! I like the way grass shines :). The red ribbon is a nice addition to.
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newsia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
i'm so lucky to know the language=D
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
how i love russian stories, and your illustrations are awesome :)
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rockleesgirl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing stuff! The tale of baba yaga is one of my favourites!
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TSslash Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I remember when I was young I had this one book that was filled with the tales of Baba Yaga. I even believe the illustrations were either yours or in the exact style of yours. I do hope I still have that book somewhere. Both the tales and the artwork are truly magical.
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kate-kate Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Aaaa, the famous and terrifying Baba Yaga :)
My favourite tale featuring her is 'Vasilisa the Beautiful' (with the doll), such a scary yet beautiful imagery. I wonder if it's included into the book.

And yes, I spotted the comb ^_^
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Shi-san1987 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I'm really, really scare of Baba Jaga. O.O
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Brutus-Illustrator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Wonderful work.
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SpitVenom Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
YES I was wondering when you would do this.
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ANAComics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Love it. I remember I went to a concert as a kid and got to see all these myths and legends illustrated while they played the liked of Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers.
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009   General Artist
I spotted the comb! =) Really cool illustration.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Years back I was introduced to a simplified version of Baba Yaga, and loved it.

Extremely impressive drawing, as usual. :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
huzzah! BabaYaga! :D
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giftofmagi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
I listned to an orchestral version of Mussorgsky's composition more than 30 years ago--and it did to me what the Disney version of Night on Bald Mountain did.

The original pic

[link]

looks pretty bland as far as portraying the hideous creature. Your silhouette eith the creepy hair is much better at inducing the shivers

it reminds me of the other creatures who prey on souls--the Harpies, Lilith, etc.

Say your prayers, kids. Get indoors at a decent hour. And if you see a floating lady headed your way--don't stop to say hello--run like the devil is on your tail
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wulfhaer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Somehow, I love the mushrooms you have drawn!

Very nice work!

-Wulf.
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FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great, I love the details. :)
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another excellent illustration! The small touch of red works well and you always manage so much detail in spite of, essentially, being silhouettes. And yes, I can see the comb!

I have a small, tender spot of Baba Yaga as I was in a play as her during middle school.
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconflowerdanceplz: Love it :iconflowerdanceplz:
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Travis-Person Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I SEE THE COMB!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:dance:
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sereisa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Ah, I know the story.. It's a really good story..
In Indonesia we have something similar called 'Timun Mas', literally means 'Golden Cucumber'. It's a name of the girl. But the one pursuing her life is a giant..

Like the picture so much~ :heart:
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Razzen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful illustration <3 I like the addition of the red ribbon.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful! And yes, I see the comb! :D Will you be drawing her house too? :D
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Good heavens! I think I'm going to fave this entire series, if you keep this up.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You are most kind. :D you can of course buy the book and get to keep physical illustrations, too. =P
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
oh HECK yes. :D
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
I found the comb! :dance:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
I found the comb! :dance:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:dance:
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lunarie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Oh, Baba Yaga, or rather Baba Jaga (how we call her in original, in Poland and I guess in Russia also) is a character well-known to every Slavian, i guess :) There are songs, stories about her, and even a children game called "Baba Jaga patrzy" (Baba Jaga looks)
In Poland parents sometimes scare children that Baba Jaga will steal them if their behaviour is bad :)
And also, she is a Slavian symbol of a witch.
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PrimeHunter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I saw the comb! It's right at the end of the trees :D.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a brilliant illustration! :giggle: :wow: And I can spot the comb, it's as everyone else has described, not far from her foot, where the shrubs start to sprout.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The legend of the Baba Yaga always sounded so scary. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is where I first heard of it and the music fueled my imagination and added to the fear factor, as music often can do. I don't know your views on comic books but the latest Hellboy, Darkness Calls, focuses on the conflict between him and the Baba Yaga. I thought smart of the writer to incorporate much of the Baba Yaga mythology into the character and story. Character design was well done too, I thought. [link]
I think you have achieved level of suspense and fear equal to that of what my imagination had manifested so many years ago when I first heard of the legend. At the same time there is an elegance in the image that is constant throughout your artwork.
Be well.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Seth!

Oh, comics and graphic novels are great! Although I haven't read one in a long while, and I don't know much about recent ones at all. I know of Hellboy, but again, haven't read any. I'm very impressed by the inclusion of the Baba Yaga legend in this one you pointed out, and I agree the character design is very well done!
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giftofmagi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
If I may comment--your humble servant is a ferocious fantasy geek and super hero geek. I, at least, do not think the comparison at all inapproriate. It may not be everyone's cup of tea--but what with the advent of movie versions of The Matrix, Spiderman, Lord Of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, the astounding quality and quantity of graphic novels,and so on and so for--this is our hour. what you and I are into is finally highbrow and respectable--and with the internet at our disposal, there is so much stuff out there that is absolutely thrilling

[link]
a small sample of what I mean.

G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien write extensively of the applicability--if I may use that word--of storytelling--in ALL its forms--to the portrayal of the timesless themes of good and evil, love, life and death.

tolkien has a word for it--Eucatastrophe. He was a devout roman Catholic, and for him, fantasy was a way of telling in metaphor--a vehicle, if you will-- of the great struggle between the Creator and His Adversary for the souls of humanity.

Stories are the universal software of our species. Images both literary and artistic have always been and will always be appreciated. there's no compatibility or version issue with them.

sorry--got carried away. but, hey--gor for it. continue to see the tie-in with Hellboy and the young lady's absolutely eye-popping art. Our cultural horizons will only broaden.
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lostinfairyrealms Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is soo great.. always loved the fact of a witch flying in a mortar and living in a house with chicken feet :D russians have the best imagination !
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Firstly, as I always seem to say of late, I love the trees especially :XD: It's wonderful :D And I see the comb!
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JUMP-kaizoku Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Comb? You mean that thing with teeth at the bottom near the girl's foot?

I'm not aware of the actual story of Baba Yaga but it seems pretty creepy (in a good way).
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Is the book out yet? I can't wait to get it :typerhappy:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is. :D :hug: It has been since June but I never quite got the chance to mention it. ^^; Spread the word, if you can. :XD: :giggle:
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I certainly will :love: Can't wait to see it!

I've also been looking around for some nice Rackham editions which won't completely ruin me, but it's wishful thinking (your fault, you corrupted me :D )
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, I managed to persuade you of Rackham's mastery at last? :dance: :giggle:
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Supremacy, no, but mastery, certainly, and then some :love:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I think 'supremacy' is an impossible one to compute. They were all 'supreme' in their individual ways. :D :heart:
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