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Topielica by vinegar Topielica by vinegar
/edit 10.07.2008

finally found time to fix her face and some general lights. yay! here's a comparison: [link]

also, the one sent before was flipped, but I decided to leave it how it was.. I know I wrote earlier about sharing a tutorial about this one and perhaps I will, if anyone's interested, after I'll fix some other older pieces..


Topielica - meaning a girl who drowned / was drowned / is constantly drowning. She lives by the water (lake usually, but swamp like terrains came to my mind) where she died of unfortunate love or was killed. Teases men to come close to her and then drowns them. Usually has black hair, black eyes with no pupils, dressed in white or wears no clothes at all. Polish (well, slavic) mythology.

I hope to make whole series on slavic mythology, actually :)

Painted for PB Myths event, Photoshop CS2, few evenings, no direct refs used except for looking up my hands / face for lights.

Close ups can be seen here [link]

and I might make a mini tutorial out of it when I'll find some more free time..
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Very good and atmospheric work!
DailyBird Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful artwork! the use of colors and shadows is magnificent!
Świetna praca - i to zarówno jeśli chodzi o jej postać jak i tło - mroczne, nocne niebo i las.
Nie traktuj tego co powiem jak requesta ale bardzo bym chciała zobaczyć kiedyś kikimorę i leszego twojego autorstwa :))
Hokova Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Rusalka is described similarly.
Rusalka is a more neutral spirit of forests, she's sort of a Slavic nymph, that can be good, bad or anything in between. Topielica on the other hand is a demon - a ghost of a drowned girl, who died in sorrow or pain (suicide or murder). Their only activity was trying to drown men, while Rusalkas were dancing, mesmerizing men with dancing and led only a few to their deaths. One was about revenge, the second about dangerous, risky fun. Maybe not a big difference, but meaningful in my opinion :)
Hokova Nov 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I said similarly not the same:) besides, I know my mythology, don´t worry:D
I know, I know! I just thought it would be nice to elaborate a bit on the topic, in case someone else was reading it and wondered about the actual difference :) Slavic mythology is something that even many slavic people know little about anyway, it'd be nice to change it, there's a great potential in it.
Hokova Nov 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed! And theres so few pagans nowadays.
Awesome! Keep up the good work!
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