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ROUND #181:: Cú Chulainn
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Alexander Nanitchkov

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Cú Chulainn is an Irish hero from Celtic/Gaelic culture. He also appears in Scottish and Manx storytelling. He was a knight of the 1st century and often compared to Achilles in Greek Mythology. When enraged he would become a ‘bezerker’ as in Viking culture. He was slain in a fight and like El Cid in later history, was propped up in an heroic pose, spear in hand to strike fear into his enemies even after death, and it was only when a raven landed on his shoulder that his demise was revealed.

He was seen as an Irish hero, riding a chariot, and defending Ulster against usurpers including Queen Medb of Connaught and even appeared to Saint Patrick as a ghost.

Cú Chulainn‘s appearance is open to interpretation, but he is described as clean shaven, young ( he died at 27 ), and some tales tell he had seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot. And seven pupils in each eye. There is much description of him on his Wikipedia page, as there is of his life. There should be plenty of inspiration there in his adventures for an interesting version of this mythological hero.


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Valkaril Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
great art!
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
it is quite old
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:iconvalkaril:
Valkaril Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arts never gets old!
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Tomaolykos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know that, having fifty percent of Portugese blood in my veins, I would normally feel attracted to Welsh Mythology (since both Portuguese and Welsh descend from the Celtiberians), but I found out Welsh Mythology is just dumb, especially the bit about Bran the Blessed. Really, I read the summary of the tale, and I couldn't find any association to his raven namesake (unless if you consider his link with the ravens of the Tower of London), and what is this tale about? A giant king gives permission for an Irish king to wed his sister, then the giant king's half-brother maims the Irish king's horses, and the giant king gives his brother-in-law a cauldron that could revive the dead. But after the newly married couple return to Ireland the giant's half-brother's actions continue to insult the Irish king (EVEN AFTER HIS HORSES WERE SUPPOSEDLY RESTORED TO LIFE), to the point he banishes his wife to the kitchen. She manages to sent a message to her brother, and there is a battle. In the middle of the battle the giant King's half-brother manages to save the day by sacrificing himself to destroy the cauldron. THE ONE WHO CAUSED THIS MESS END UP AS A HERO! Look, if any Welsh or anyone with Welsh ancestry reads this I mean no offence, I am just telling what I think.

Now, Irish a mythology is a lot richer. It has cycles (Mythological, Ulster, Feanna and Historical), and gods and demigods, not just dumb giants quarreling for stupid reasons. And of its characters, my favorite is Cú Chulainn, who has a dog motiff to himself (A CLEAR ONE, NOT A PURE ETYMOLOGICAL ONE LIKE WITH BRAN THR BLESSED). His story is charming, and he is comparable to virtually uinvincible Greek heroes like Achilles and Hercules. But what attracted me to this character is really his dog motiff, since I identify myself with dogs in terms of personality.
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lewisgunner1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
It would be cool if he had Chainmail sleeves
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah this owrk is so old
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lewisgunner1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
thats cool:)
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jezebellydancer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ooh, I like it! I'm working on a novel which features Finn McCool (Fionn MacCumhaill). So many people only know the name because there is a chain of bar/restaurants blaspheming his name. I'd love to see your take on him.

I haven't done much reading about Cu Chulainn. I know know he spent some time on the Isle of Women and the Story of Cu Chulainn and Emer.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, its an old work
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I liked genzoman's drawing better. Cu Chulainn looked like Conan in that picture. Your drawing makes him look more like Thor. And I kind of picture Cu Chulainn more as Conan than as Thor. In fact, I'm convinced that Cu Chulainn was Robert E. Howard's inspìration for Conan.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats so old i should move it to scraps
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MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good art!
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FallenAngel918 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Well done artwork, but wasn't Cu Chulainn actually somewhat famous for NOT having a beard?
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
maybe im not familiar
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Cybopath Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student General Artist
It's so strange that we focus so much attention on Greek/Roman Mythology and over look Celtic when it is far more related to most of us.
Great work.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thats true.
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LazarusStokeri Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing.
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
heh thanks
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:iconciaphas-cain:
Ciaphas-Cain Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Den scoth líníocht, ealaíontóir!

I would recommend reading the Táin Bó Cuailgne.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
okay, thanks!
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Ciaphas-Cain Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
You did him justice at least. Cu Chulainn is a hero of mine. Most modern-style art makes him look like an over-compensating ass, and there's not enough classical-style art of him.

You did a damn fine job with it. Have you read the Cattle Raid of Cooley, or were you just playing that by ear?
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
mnogo gotino kato tehnika i gama, ama ne osobeno originalno. :) a opisanieto predpolaga malko poveche vihrene na vuobrajenieto.

i oshte neshtichko - vurha na kopieto teji; taka, kakto go e hvanal, malko e muchna pozata...

inche mnoo gotsko. :)
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
mersi, malko e durvena tazi :)
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xSatanic-Angelx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Nice Drawing, Very detalied and i like the background. DO you know where i would be able to find stories of the character ?
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DorianNavarre Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, apologies for butting in here, If you can find a book by Morgan Llewellyn, titled "Red branch" it is a very good book detailing the life of cuchullain, though fiction much of it is based on the Táin Bó Cuailgne. a very good read too!
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xSatanic-Angelx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Sorry i didnt reply sooner i havent been on in a while. Thankyou, though and I will look for it.
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DorianNavarre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) no problem at all :D
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
maybe try googling some to see what books or other stuff are out, then you can purchase if you like... dont know
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to be a wee bitch but he was nae knight. The word Hero is better to describe him. Knights didn't turn up until the times of Saint Maurice and the end of the Roman empire.

Cu Chulain had warp spasm similar to what happend with the Hulk.

If you like this stuff check out the British comic Slaine in the 2000AD comic.

Again sorry for ma bitchin it s a brilliant pieceof art, keep up the good stuff :D
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
okay :)
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Lenedict Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, awesome work, can't help wondering how people have underrated this so badly. I really like your style, it has something kind of "ancient" in it, y'know, like your pics could be from some medieval manuscripts or something. The colours in this one are beautiful, keep going :clap:
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
big thanks to you!
well most of my works are too artistic and somehow flat. so it is hard to be liked from the mases :)
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Lenedict Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student General Artist
You're most welcome!

Yeah, nowadays people seem to drool over photorealistic digital paintings; if I could decide, the paintings would look like paintings and photos like photos ;) There's a bunch of things that make a difference between a good painting and a good photo, though the basics are quite the same.

Anyway, keep up the great work! ^^ *thumbs up*
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Awesome!
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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prbardin Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You didn't do the the seven fingers, toe and pupils? Not a mus feature, though :)

Great work, by the way. loving the texture and the rough feel of this.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
well i didnt... also i made him with beard :)
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prbardin Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ha yeah! I noticed. He's surely Irish, no doubt, with that beard, curls, braids and all :)
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
Fantastic warrior!!!
You did an amazing job!!! :clap::love:
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks
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CarlosHurtadoSoriano Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
My pleasure!!!:iconhumlaplz::iconhumlaplz::iconhumlaplz::iconhumlaplz::iconhumlaplz::iconmelimelo:
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:icon29boby:
29boby Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Ммм защо не му сложиш малко трицепс на дясната ръка?
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:icontsabo6:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ima ama e malko :)
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:icon29boby:
29boby Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Абе.. прекалено е малко мен ако питаш.. Аз дето бицепса ми е 2x по-малък от на този пичага.. трицепса ми е 2x по-голям.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
mersaj za kritikata :)
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29boby Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Не това не беше критика.. аз теб просто немога да те критикувам - това беше повече съвет, за да се доизпипа всичко.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ponqkoga ne ostava vreme ot tolkoz mnogo konkurs4eta
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
love the textures of the brush strokes, very nice form
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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