Whoa, today i was playing castlevania Harmony of disonance. Love the enemy design over castlevania games. I think is one of my biggest influences. That give me a bit of nostalgia to check my older works. Here goes a 2006 pic done as a test for a posible inuit related myth serie... Sedna, the big bad woman.
hope you like it
PSCS/graphire2/6 hours/Music: Aldebaran - Enya[link]
In Inuit mythology, Sedna (Inuktitut Sanna, ᓴᓐᓇ) is the goddess of the sea and marine animals such as the seals. A creation myth, the story of Sedna shows how she came to rule over Adlivun, the Inuit underworld. Sedna is also known as Arnakuagsak or Arnarquagssaq (Greenland) and Nerrivik (northern Greenland) or Nuliajuk (District of Keewatin, Northwest Territories). she is sometimes known by other names by different Inuit groups such as Arnapkapfaaluk (big bad woman) of the Copper Inuit from the Coronation Gulf area and Takannaaluk (Igloolik).
A number of versions of the Sedna legend exist. In one, Sedna, similar to a mermaid, is the daughter of the creator-god Anguta, so huge and hungry that she eats everything in her parents' home, and even gnawed off one of her father's arms as he slept. According to some versions of the legend, she took a dog for her husband. Anguta was angered and threw her over the side of his kayak. As she clung to the sides, he chopped off her fingers and she sank to the underworld, becoming the ruler of the monsters of the deep, where her huge fingers became the seals, walrus and whales hunted by the Inuit.
Other versions of the legend depict Sedna as a beautiful maiden who would not marry the hunters who visited her father, although she and her father had no food. One day a hunter came and said he was looking for a wife. If he could have Sedna he would give her father fish. Sedna's father agreed and he gave the hunter his daughter and in return the hunter gave Sedna's father rotten fish. Sedna's father put Sedna to sleep using a sleeping potion before the hunter took Sedna. The hunter took Sedna to a big nest on a cliff, and here he revealed to her his true form, a great evil raven. When she woke up she found birds everywhere looking at her. Her father had an instinct telling him to go take his daughter back. When her father tried to rescue her, the evil bird creature became angry and caused a terrible storm which threatened the very survival of her people. In desperation, Sedna's father threw her into the raging sea. She tried to hold on to the boat but her hands got so cold her fingers fell off one by one and became sea creatures. She fell to the bottom of the sea and grew a fish tail.
One popular variation is of of Sedna being kidnapped by a Storm- or Thunderbird from her human father. Her father then leaves in his kayak to rescue her from the floating ice-island where she is imprisoned while the Thunderbird is away. The Thunderbird, enraged by her disappearance, calls to a spirit of the sea to help him. The Seaspirit locates the Kayak with the two humans aboard and creates huge waves to kill. Sedna's father then throws Sedna overboard in the vain hope that this will appease the angry sea god. Sedna tries to reenter the kayak but her father grabs a little axe and chops three of her fingers off before striking her to the head. The three fingers each becoming a different type of seal. The stroke to her head sends Sedna to the oceanfloor where she resides today commanding all the animals of the sea. Her father exhausted from the fight reaches land and crawls into his igloo where he falls asleep. However, before he wakes the waters rises and claim the igloo and all that is in it.
Also, 90377 Sedna, a trans-Neptunian object discovered by Michael Brown (Caltech), Chad Trujillo (Gemini Observatory) and David Rabinowitz (Yale University) on November 14, 2003, is named for her.