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The Evenk Shaman by charcoalfeather The Evenk Shaman by charcoalfeather
Happy New Year, guys.

I've always wanted to draw a Siberian shaman in a Bilibin-esque style, and I finally did it before the end of 2012 (in my time zone, at least). This is the fourth picture in the Moleskine Mythology series, and the first of the series to be coloured digitally. I think that all the pictures I'm going to do in this series from now on will have to be coloured digitally, as my copics are starting to dry out and pencil crayons do not look as good in Moleskine as copic markers do.

The Evenki are a Tungusic people who live in Siberia. Formerly known as the Tungus, they are traditionally hunter-gatherers and pastoralists who herd reindeer and live in cone-shaped teepee like structures. Red and blue characterize most ritual items in Evenk shamanism. The shaman, with his buckskin coat and antlers, resembles the elk or the reindeer, which is the primary game animal of the region. See more here: [link]

He is holding a drum in front of him. The statue behind him leaning on the tree is a spirit-companion or saven (as they are known in Udege--I'm not sure what the term is in Evenk). I should note the patterns on the front of his shirt are actually not part of his shirt, but part of a breastplate (made of buckskin, again). Reference for the breastplate from: [link]
Patterns on the shaman's outfit and drum were referenced from pictures on this anthropology site: [link]
His headdress is from here: [link]

What is happening in this picture: (from link: [link])
Shaman steps on the stage again. Hichupkan idol is brought after him (he usually was made out of young larch). The top of the larch is made in the way that reminds human face. The lower part is split as if legs. A bit lower than face small cross stick is settled, representing arms. Hunters in full armour crawl between idol's legs, cleaning themselves and armour from evil spirits. After the last hunter, shaman squeezes idol's legs. He straps it with a mild tree root.

All participants make sacrifices - put fur -bearing animal hide, scraps of different colors on idol's arms. They grease his face. The ritual is over. Shaman says to the spectators:

"Now we will have the quarry. We caught luck!"


Used texture from here: [link]

Media:
Moleskine notebook
Photoshop CS6
Inkscape
Micron markers

Time: ~2 hours
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I never watched the Addam's Family, so I can't help you there. The only thing I know about that show is that there's a girl called Wednesday there.

Yeah, shamans are pretty cool. This piece was inspired by this pretty neat short film about Udege shamans, sort of: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaTCrW…

It's only 11 minutes long (the movie above, I mean).
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
If only one could peek at the backside of that drum to learn all the secrets of the world :)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed :)

Thanks so much for the faves and the llama!
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eternalwinters Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow...I love it how your art is a like...a culture/history lesson as well as visually nice to look at. The texture was put to use very well in this picture, and the details to the background suit the picture well.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks! I'm glad you think so. I always want my art is have some kind of meaning behind it, so I'm glad that wasn't in vain ;)

Is school starting for you soon? I'm starting on Monday, and that sucks. I already have a ton of readings, but luckily, I've already finished most of them.
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eternalwinters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm starting on Monday too. xD Gosh I feel so unprepared for everything. There's a test on Tuesday for a unit we barely went over in class before break...and I've got some homework left before tomorrow.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, that sounds annoying. Good luck studying and finishing homework! Do you still have to work on your uni applications at this point?
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eternalwinters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
xD Thanks I'm going to need it.

Sort of? Like I need to finish the five due on the fifteenth xD;; I'm such a horrible procrastinator.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a lot. Damn.
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