Hello! Here is my final piece for the RWP viking challenge. A huuuuge thank you to Rebecca Guay (who I’m doing my mentorship with, as mentioned previously) for critiquing this and really pushing me. You can sort of see how much it changed if you look at the teaser I posted of the image a week and a half ago (or looking at the different teaser I posted on RWP). When I’m done with my mentorship I need to keep her critiques in mind when I’m working on future pieces, to try to push them farther! Sometimes I just assume something is done… when really it still needs about 10 hours of work! I made the edits digitally and will be making the same edits to the painting when I have time. It’s just easier to do them digitally first because I can experiment.
A little more about Rán: She is the Norse goddess of the sea, but also one of death. If someone died by drowning, they wouldn’t go to Valhalla, they went to Rán’s underworld where, if they happened to die with lots of gold, she would provide them with a pretty decent afterlife and their mugs would never be empty of mead. But most dudes wouldn’t just drown; Rán would lure them over and then sink ‘em with the help of her daughters, the Waves. Witch!!!