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Cobbled Skald by Keithwormwood Cobbled Skald by Keithwormwood
When a talented skald of the Swedish courts, renowned across Scandinavia for his unparalleled musical prowess, revealed himself as a disguised woman, she was swiftly executed, and the embarrassing events were stricken from polite conversation. Her sudden return to court functions shook even the staunchest war veterans, but not enough to stay a second wary, though swift, summary execution. Upon further returns, each revealing the scald to be strangely repaired in a manner befitting tailor more than physician, the court began to almost embrace the eerie presence. This cycle of returns and executions leading to a more and more transfigured court poet became something of an exalted tradition.


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Given 2010-03-23
Cobbled Skald is yet another specimen of supreme craftsmanship by ~Keithwormwood. A brilliantly innovative concept brought forth with exquisite dexterity makes this nigh impossible to tear our eyes away from. Suggested by both ~Ri-Chi and `ctjemm. ( Featured by snowmask )
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
WHAAAAA- this is awesome
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to hear that Bagpipe
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A2theC2theG Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Yours is an interesting world indeed
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limbsa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I REMEBER SEEING THIS IN AN ART BOOK:how to draw zombies (something along with that.) OH man I love your work, so happy I found the artist.
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ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
an apt teacher...hehehe
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ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
enigma
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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the art book with this in it. this one is my favourite.
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cacophonyy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Swedish and all. Love the colors.
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Seftr-Beatz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Artist
I've seen this in an art book in the inspiration section. Same artist?
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ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
This is unnerving and chilling and grand, poetic, creepy and unparalleled. This is fine, twisted and ornate. In other words, it's really cool.
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I wonder how that execution works anyways... Do they cut her up completely?
I also wonder who repairs her... or if she does it herself perhaps!
Rivetting tales you make for your arts, old or new...
However... Do you have a sense of improvement when you see this work compared to work of today?
And if you don't, do you feel it is necessary? - and if you do, what do you think you improved upon?
Just curious ^^
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional
I hope I've improved, but it's hard to tell since I never have enough time to try revisiting old subjects.
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herrTevik Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Love the story, too. Creepy.
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Snippy-Snap Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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I love your art and wish to draw like you! I drew this when I got your undead book, I was inspired :). Please tell me what you think of it . Thank you sir
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional
Great stuff! Love the character in the face and the spiral backing.
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Snippy-Snap Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy fuck O__O , this means a fucking lot... thank you for acknowledging me. I will continue to follow in your footsteps :D

Thanks again, your my goddamn idol >.<
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NOT-an-emo-hipster Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
did you by any chance right a book? great art btw.
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LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ive got the book where your illustrations appear!! "How to paint the Undead" or something like that. Its wonderful, and your pictures are my favorites!! The Cobbled Skald was one of my favorite undeads, shes very inspiring!!

I wish I could paint like you in the future ^^
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AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful
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BagpipeHeadache16 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O

Of course, that'll be my reaction to everything you do...but still

O.O

I like the bagpipe resemblance though! ;) :D
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knolradijs Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
lovely! absolutely gorious
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Arygius Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Your work and descriptions just draw me in, it's kinda... scary. stop it! LOL.
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Rantama Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
very subtle witty work
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ilo-ka Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AMAZING!!! PURE ART!!! I love it, and deifinitely going to add it to my favs!:)
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dead-adventure Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING...I got your book with her in it xDDD
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Yaollie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Gorgeous. You really are an artist. But I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that.
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KimLemin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist
Ive got your book =D I come from belgium and it is in Dutch
I love your art <3
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Vaghauk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow.dont know what else to say... :D
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Hskald Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
terrible and divine! beautiful!
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darkn2ght Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
the idea is fabulous, and wow, i didn't expect to ran across THE keith wormwood's thumb in my friend's feature journal:)
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DarkNaomi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist
nice
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ContortedByLies Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
was this printed in a D&D book? o.0 i've seen this in a book somewhere... ah now i remember - drawing the undead <3 good job, simply amazing
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chaman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Love the elongated figure, overall seems very medieval with a touch of Renaissance style.
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DD38 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I have your book on how to draw the undeadand im such a fan of your work!
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Sulime Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Amazing!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm always amazed at the stories you come up with for your images. Or the other way 'round. =p
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Hyrune Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
This is...well, this is fantastic. In the original and the modern sense of the word, simultaneously.
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Peyotero Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Im fan of you since 2007. Always good to see another piece!
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kimuyama Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Filmographer
That's really rather frightening. :|
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ClownDomain Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ooops,U have great imagination.:lol:
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
OMG one of my favorite creatures in that book. Are you one of the artists?
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thecursor Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yah can't keep a good Norse Skald down.
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Xel-Lotath Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen it in a book about how to draw monsters and creatures from beyond, is it yours*?


*stupid question, I know. That was rethoric. =D
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Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
kinda scary lol but i like it!
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Teezec Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is so disturbing ...and so cool ^^
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ExemplarX3 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the piece is remarkable, the artist comment is eerie
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fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great work, love the legs!
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somesheila Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
she's eerie as bro!
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JoshuaDuLac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
certainly...
this is amazing
good job!
congratulations
=)
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