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Inspired by the novel Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher and the Welsh legend of Ceridwen.
 
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Given 2014-09-02
Ceridwen by JaiMcFerran beautifully portrays a medieval Welsh myth. The piece is expertly blended, and the mood really draws you in. It's a somber work, but the underlying story leaves us wondering what will happen. ( Featured by Emerald-Depths )
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scotch39 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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scotch39 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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Babylonia666 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional
Amazing.
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Whendell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
F E A T U R E Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks for the feature :D
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noro8 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great atmosphere !
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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noro8 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Gedogfx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE IT <33
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Stock-by-Kai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really impressive piece! love it!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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shanblue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD. Beautiful piece!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Brumae-Art Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! It is really well deserved :clap:
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! :D
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Froggymolloy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Froggymolloy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D awesome mate 
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Cheers! :D
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Froggymolloy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Lyssiana Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Wwwwooow :o Fantastic work.
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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REINALDO-RASEC Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Amazing Work!!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Cheers! :D
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A-Gray-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Oh my goth I love this!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Ah thank you! :)
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Rus-ka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Nice.
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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Carlos-Quevedo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is an epic scene! Congrats! very well deserved.
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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Fenri01 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great picture!! :) ....wht about that story?? ...Sorry i can't find it anywhere!?:'(
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks!!!

The book Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher is available from most online bookstores, it's kinda like a modern retelling of the welsh myth. the welsh myth of Ceridwen is closely linked with the myths of the welsh poet Taliesin (dating back to approx 16th century)

The legend of Ceridwen (sorry i'm just paraphrasing from memory, so some aspects of the story may be different) is that once she was a sorceress who gave birth to a hideous son. She therefore creates a potion in order to give her son wisdom and knowledge (considering he wasn't beautiful). The first three drops of the poison would grant this wish, the rest of the potion, however, would turn to poison. She employs a young boy, Gwion to stir the potion and whilst he stirs it three drops spill onto his hand, of course with the burning sensation he puts his hand to his mouth, and therefore swallows the potion - gaining the wisdom and poetry that was meant for Ceridwen's son. Because of this fear Gwion flees. Ceridwen then pursues him. Using his newfound wisdom he is able to turn himself into different animals in order to evade the enchantress, such as a hare, fish and bird. Of course, Ceridwen being more powerful follows suit and transforms in to a greyhound, otter and hawk in order to catch him. She eventually catches him and swallows him. But because of the potion he does not die, but instead she gives birth to him. She can't bring herself to kill this new-born Gwion because he is born beautiful, so she discards him by throwing him into the ocean. He is later found on a shore by a prince and raised to become the bard Taliesin.

I hope this helps! 
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Fenri01 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! Great, thanks!! :D ...I'm really interested in stories and myths like !this- i try to find a bookstore having such stock!
Thanks a lot!

Are you welsh/ Irish? :)
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Me too! i love everything celtic/mythical!

Yes i am irish :)
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Fenri01 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you still living in Ireland? ... next year I'm going to continue my studies for two years in Lancaster, UK- can you give me some tip's about nice places to visit when making a one or two day ttrip to Ireland?? :) Thanks!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Digital Artist
yes i still live here. i live in northern ireland. there's a heap of places to go, it all just depends what you wish to see :D but if you get a chance, definitely come to ireland. you won't be disappointed. if you've watched Game of Thrones, the majority of it is set around northern ireland (and a few places in croatia and iceland)
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Fenri01 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really?? I didn't know that it was filmed in Ireland! :D ..I'm definitively goingto visit Ireland ;) I'd like to make a one or two day trip (maybe by bike if it's possible or on horseback- would be even better ;) ) and visit old and maybe mystical places- and see what awaits me there ;)  
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Digital Artist
There's great places like that in northern ireland, you def have to see the Giant's causeway and carrick-a-rede rope bridge and basically anything along the antrim coast. but there's other places like "Inch Abbey" that are mystical etc. "downhill beach" is amazing (home to the "mussenden") it's stunning, "ballintoy harbour" is beautiful, "cushendun caves", "the dark hedges" are so class, "castle ward", "delamont country park", "marble arch caves" - you could visit them all in a day or two they're quite easy to find once you kinda know where you're going - so if you get a map you shouldn't go too far wrong. but definitely have a research about it here's a site to start you off - the northern ireland tourism website - this page is about the Game of Thrones filming locations and where they are in Ireland www.discovernorthernireland.co…

i hope this helps you!
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slendycreeper Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so epic! Congrats on the DD!
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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slendycreeper Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure c:
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slovvmotion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Great colors, perfect execution., loved everything about it. ! 
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the lovely comments :)
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BenjaminJamesArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is beautiful. perspective looks a little strange in the background but that dress is fantastically captured.
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