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Ruta Skadi by RoseCarballeira Ruta Skadi by RoseCarballeira
"And she rejoiced in her blood and flesh, in the rough pine bark she felt next to her skin, in the beat of her heart and the life of all her senses, and in the hunger she was feeling now, and in the presence of her sweet-voiced bluethroat daemon, and in the earth below her and the lives of every creature, plant and animal both; and she delighted in being of the same substance as them, and in knowing that when she died her flesh would nourish other lives as they had nourished her."
-Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials


Ruta Skadi, the Queen of the Latvian witches. Relatively speaking, she plays a minor part in the His Dark Materials trilogy, but she's one of my favorite characters. I love the way the witches are written, they're just so connected to the Universe, but so earthly.

I have been trying to create this piece for almost a year. I went through endless compositional sketches and had a hard time getting through this when something did finally work.

Thanks to :icontasastock: for another reference

Ink, watercolor, and marker
December 2012

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Asratheil Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Very nice. No one seems to remember Ruta Skadi but I always thought she was a cool character. :)
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RoseCarballeira Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! She was one of my favorite characters, even though she only made a few brief appearances.
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Asratheil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Yeah, I think the witches were pretty awesome. :) The books are great, I can't wait for the next one to come out, but we have a long time to wait! 
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Tasastock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome stuff :) looooove it. loving the colour and the detail! wonderful work!
thanks for using my stock :hug:
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RoseCarballeira Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank YOU!
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