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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.

Art prints available here: Cobbled Skald prints
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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 )
A2theC2theG Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Yours is an interesting world indeed
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.
ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
an apt teacher...hehehe
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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.
cacophonyy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Swedish and all. Love the colors.
Seftr-Beatz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Artist
I've seen this in an art book in the inspiration section. Same artist?
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is unnerving and chilling and grand, poetic, creepy and unparalleled. This is fine, twisted and ornate. In other words, it's really cool.
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 ^^
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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