New Artwork: Night of the Valravn

No, I didn’t misspell that title, it actually is spelled “valravn”.

The valravn is my new artwork, and new Alphabeast. From Danish folklore, a valravn is a half-wolf, half-raven creature. From Wikipedia (and a couple of other sites): 

The valravns appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures. “

In creating the art, I decided to use the more abstract, scratchy technique of my previous piece, A Lost Night (and of its predecessor, Lost Nightmare). I also took a bit of leeway with my interpretation, leaving both the raven and wolf sides both separate and mixed. I decided, however, not to try and create a single creature, but to leave the interpretation up to you, fine reader.

Here’s the new piece, it’s 11″ x 13″, ink and acrylic on scratchboard, and as usual click on it for a larger version. I give you, Night of the Valravn:

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Russell Dickerson has been a lot of things over many years. Author, artist, designer, winner of awards and recognition, pursuer of the truth, leader of the earth after armageddon.