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Frost Giants Attack by faile35 Frost Giants Attack by faile35
Pen and Ink; About 11" x 14" (27 cm x 35 cm); done in 1991--I think it was my 4th or 5th ink drawing ever.

Some things I like, and some things I don't, as usual. But, I'll just say that I was experimenting at the time with different line widths and hatching techniques, which is fairly evident looking at the image. I wish the people would stand out more, and that thought has actually nagged at me for so many years I will probably colorize this in Photoshop just to experiment with it. Next week, though.

By the way, giants have always intrigued me. I saw the old Harryhausen film "Jason and the Argonauts" when I was very young--I was absolutely stunned and fascinated by that giant bronze statue ("Talos" he was called) that picked the ship up and shook all the guys out and chased them around... Wow. Since then, I've always liked giants in art and myth and stories. They show up fairly often in my art, actually. Not as often as sexy women, but "often"... ;)

Enjoy!
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You can thank the Norse for that, especially for the Hrimthurssar.
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
wow you seriously don't want to get into a snowball fight with these guys!
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the way they are emerging from the ground :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks! =)
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SilentArtists Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
sorry for delay but here is the video [link]
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JoeKehr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Hey, I like that hatching technique of yours! Cool picture! :nod:
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faile35 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D
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vampiremia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
luv it
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faile35 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you. =D
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I love those mountains in the background. They look very convincing. I also really enjoy looking at the frost giants. I can see your concern about the people blending in too much,... something I do often in my pen and ink drawings, but I wouldn't be too concerned with it. People just have to take a better look at the piece. It is one of those that doesn't give up all the information immediately. Makes you work for it. :) I like this piece. :thumbsup: Giants kick ass by the way. :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Very glad you approve. =) I'm very fond of giants myself, so you and I have one more thing in common, apparently... =)
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I gotta kiss up to the giants, so that when they come to take over the earth, they'll keep me around at least as a pet. :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006   Traditional Artist
:laughing: Better be careful. You, of all people, should know that such talk will spark disturbing images in my head, and now that I've glimpsed your I.D. [link] your face is fair game for the starring role... :O_o: It's probably good that I'm in a "dead mode" right now--for all I know, that "hell hound," Bastian, might end up playing the starring role, or one of the supporting cast... ;)
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl: Whatever you choose to do. :D Hey,... I'm all up for making friends in 'high' places. :lol: I've got plan "B", but I can't share it here where 'they' might see. :shh:
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006   Traditional Artist
Good. I'll set up plans C and D, and a plan M just because I like plans that start with the letter "M." :shrug: ;) In the meantime, making friends in high places is good, too.
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
*whispers* It's always good to have back-up plans. :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006   Traditional Artist
No argument there. =)
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Johse Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Run for your lifes!!! Hehe, just kidding:) I would do the barbarian thing and raging in, sticking a sword in a giants eye.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
:lol: That would have to be one LONG sword to reach that high... ;)
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Johse Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
yeah, maybe a cutting off the Achilles then:)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
A much better plan... ;)
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Cherille Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Wooooo!!! I love it very much!! Very inspiring!! :D :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like to be "inspiring"! =)
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Cherille Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Heh!! Yer welcome!! :D :D
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Pentero Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Totally AD&D-like! As if they came from Icewind Dale...from beyond the Spine of the World...
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
:lol: I played that game--the PC version of Icewind Dale. Glad you like it! =)
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Pentero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Yeah, it is ok, the game, of course - but let me reccomend Baldur's Gate then! Much better, Icewind Dale is more a hack'n'slash version of AD&D...
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006   Traditional Artist
I played through the first one and liked it pretty well. The second one sounded very long and involved, with the computer scaling enemies so that they're a challenge no matter how powerful your heroes are, which I don't like. I like to invest time at the beginning and middle cranking the heroes up in power so that I can concentrate on the plot and unconcerned fun for the rest of the game. Thanks for the recommendation, though.
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Pentero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Well, there is always the good old trick of playing the game a bit, budging up your character a couple of levels, then exporting him, and finally starting the game all over again with the previously exported character now - imported :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006   Traditional Artist
Never done that one, but it sounds like something I would do... ;)
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LadyofKaos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
Oh wow, I love this. It looks so real. You've captured the whole scene so well. Amazing :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you, thank you! =)
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judylee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
So much detail! I love the way those creepy giants are coming from the depths of the earth, I would hate to be that guy lying on the ground ....*shivers at the thought*
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
Me, too. The woman in the middle back seems to be doing alright for the moment with her spell. Maybe the guy in the foreground will reach his sword and cut a nice little gash in the giant's finger... before the giant squashes him like a bug... ;) Thanks for the compliment! =)
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judylee Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, anything is posible:D It is your story after all:D
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EclipseSiren Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
Nice! :) I think the people stand out just fine although they don't look like the main subject of the piece which is fine. Speaking for myself, I think the lines you made draw attention to the proper places in the proper order, so although color would always be a nice addition, i don't think its necessary. :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
Yeah, I wanted to focus on the frost giants instead of their victims... =) Thank you! =)
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extremendousness Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am reminded of the disney movie Mulan, when Musha says "they popped out of the snow! Like DAISIES!'
dork i am.
these are the kind of giants i pictured Odysseus (had to look his name up lol) fighting. except i think it was a cyclops. which i guess they guy with the eyepatch is technically a cyclops:D
cyclopses are my giants.
and the eyepatch makes a lot of sense battle wise. the warriors would probably want to shoot for the eyes.
harhar.
'shoot' for the eyes. me and my dumb puns.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
Hey, that's a lot of thought and words to put into a comment--and you won't hear me complaining in the least. Yep, Odysseus landed on the island of the cyclops, not the frost giants. The frost giants were from the Norse myths--they would come and fight a battle against the gods in the final war, and the gods would all die. I don't see these humans and elves as gods, although they could be the two families of gods from Norse myth, the Aesir (Odin, Thor, etc.), and the Vanir (Frey, Freya, etc., who were more elven-like).

Glad you like it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. =)
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! I like the way they are emerging from beneath the ice and snow, very dramatic. And the giant's hand in the foreground looks so menacing. It's the Gulliver streak coming out in you again, except nobody is tied up this time, and the men aren't as small as mice. Great job. :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
The Gulliver streak couldn't show up--the giants are all men, so they'd never end up tied down, they'd end up killed... :no: ;) Thank you! There are many things about this one I like, while only a few things I don't, so it's worth putting up here. =)
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marhawkman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
I now feel the need to point out that Jotuns(Frost Giants) came in both male and female, thus you coud do a female jotun tied up by either humans or Asgardians.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
:nod: That notion has not escaped me, actually. I was going to do an illustration of the Grottisong legend of the female Jotun slaves, Fenja and Menja, given to the Danish King Frodi by the King of Sweden. I actually started it and was well underway when I realized I'd made a total "botchery" of the perspective. So, I trashed it and hope to try again later. :fingerscrossed:

Thanks! Any more suggestions you have will be quite appreciated. =)
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marhawkman Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Ah, that does sound like an excellent idea. :)
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Pssst! Gulliver was a man. OK, you've been doing lady versions :D I agree though, I can't see those men tethering those giants.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
:giggle: Gulliver was a man? Really? Was he tied down by little women? Not Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," I mean, but tiny women? Hmmmmm. Disappointing. I'd even go for Louisa May Alcott's version if we could get the gender interaction... ;) Naw, men don't get tethered so much around these parts... :shrug: =)
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
[Smirking and sniggering] Now there really should be a porno version of Little women. I reckon Jo would be good at tying knots.

Ms Alcott turns in her grave :giggle:

Sorry, my brains racing away in many directions thinking of all those cutie, feel good TV dramas like Little House on the Praire, Anne of Green Gables, and even Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Little Whorehouse on the Praire
Anne of Green Garters
Dr Quinn, S&M Woman

Hehe, sadly, those titles probably already exist.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
I can hear the music for the TV show "Little Whorehouse on the Prairie" starting up right now, but instead of little Melissa Gilbert running down the flowery hill in a dress, I see a few other, somewhat older women running down the hill in slow motion, Baywatch-like... :laughing:

"Anne of Green Garters!" :rofl:

I'd pay money to see Jane Seymour as "Dr. Quinn, S&M Woman"... ;)
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, my biggest shame was not being able to think up a porno version of the Waltons. :rofl:
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
"Hel-LO, John-Boy!"

How's that? ;)
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