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Baba Yaga in Her Mortar by itznikki530 Baba Yaga in Her Mortar by itznikki530
This was made for the Coaching & Mentoring Competition held by CRPhotomanipulation. The group's mentors were LiliaOsipova, Wesley-Souza, and Iskander1989. During the competition my teammates and I worked to further our knowledge of composition, perspective, color, light/shadows, and embelishment. The theme for this final manipulation is Villains of Mythology.

Villain: Baba Yaga
Origin: Eastern Europe

In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being (or one of a trio of sisters of the same name) who appears as a deformed and/or ferocious-looking woman. Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs (or sometimes a single chicken leg). Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out. She sometimes plays a maternal role, and also has associations with forest wildlife. According to Vladimir Propp's folktale morphology, Baba Yaga commonly appears as either a donor or villain, or may be altogether ambiguous. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Yag…)

Each member of the group had a theme from Baba Yaga tales. My task was to illustrate her soaring in her mortar while the others had to show Baba Yaga and Ivan Zareich (Energiaelca1), Baba Yaga and Vasilisa (marphilhearts), Baba Yaga from "The Magic Swan Geese" (LeenaHill), and Baba Yaga's house (lolyweb).


Stock //

Baba Yaga

model - Hobbit Woman 10
feet - big ugly feet 5
skirt pattern - Lace Brushes
skin brushes - Human Skin Brushes / wounds
scarf texture - Vivid Red Tileable Patterns

Mortar & Pestle
mortar - depositphotos.com/4239819
pestle - depositphotos.com/12058394
skulls - Skulls
mortar/pestle decorations - Stock Bracelet
fox tails - fox 2 / Arctic fox stock 3
rope -
Noose 2 by Archangelical-Stock

Hut
hut - depositphotos.com/50241309
chicken legs - depositphotos.com/12119467
platform - Park Bench 2
posts - Fence POST Stock 01
chiminey - log cabin I
branches - Naked Trees

Background
forest - Old Forest Background
moon - Full Moon

Etc.
ravens - STOCK Common Raven Flying (with Alpha Layer) / STOCK Raven Flying (with Alpha Layer)
addtional brushes - FREE PHOTOSHOP/GIMP BRUSHES! + Explanation
frame by LiliaOsipova


// I want to thank the mentors so much for making me think, making me work, and most importantly for their honest and helpful feedback. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. :heart: you guys!

Go team Creative Pioneers!

[update 9/27 - added my DA name and title to deviation]
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:iconsnoopcat99:
snoopcat99 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You should make a picture book!  This is just gorgeous, and the perspective is so good.  
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her face in this!
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E-DinaPhotoArt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Wonderful image. Well done.
Thank you for using my stock and the credit :blowkiss:
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itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
wahoo! thanks :heart:
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:iconannewipf:
annewipf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
You're welcome :)
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:iconlucieg-stock:
LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Really well done!  :clap:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :hug:
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:iconsummerdreams-art:
SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
A very gorgeous art and scene!:heart:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :hug:
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:iconsummerdreams-art:
SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!:heart:
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:iconpjenz:
pjenz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thats sooooo awesome, what a great work :heart:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks as always jenn :heart:
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:iconpjenz:
pjenz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so very welcome :heart:
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:iconsilentdreamer-art:
SilentDreamer-Art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous!!
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconsilentdreamer-art:
SilentDreamer-Art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a Pleasure!!
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:iconrowye:
Rowye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Very impressive! Amazing colors on this piece and... I SO SO LOVE those feet! :o
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, thanks! The feet were all Lilia's idea though. They're pretty great!
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:iconrowye:
Rowye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015   Digital Artist
You're welcome! But you made them happen... And, I think that was part of the point, that we listen to our mentors so that our works improve. I too got a lot of tips and advice (on team 3 here), and learned a lot. :D
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
tis true. your work for the competition is epic btw I am a dummy! 
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:iconrowye:
Rowye Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you! Trying my best, but looking at teams as a whole, I might just vote for you guys :blush:... amazing team effort. :)
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itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
well you definitely rocked it. and yeah our team was great :happybounce: 
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:iconannewipf:
annewipf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
:clap:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am a dummy! 
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Julianez Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Stunning work! :)
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconjulianez:
Julianez Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
You're welcome! :)
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small-myth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Shiny eyes 
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent job!!! :clap:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot :heart:
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:iconsniperkitteh52:
Sniperkitteh52 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work here. All I can think of her saying is "Later, bitches." XD
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah she totally has a wicked attitude.
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LeenaHill Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooo, that looks so cool!!! Cool Smile 
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I really like how it came out. We had awesome mentors eh?
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LeenaHill Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!!! :floating: We sure do!
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow wonderful work :wow: I loved your result :love: good luck to us :la: :la:
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And thanks Wesley for your dedication to our team. I learned so much, it's amazing. Go Creative Pioneers!
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
go :la: :la: :la: I'm glad you have learned new things :happybounce:
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice work!
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wahoo! Thanks! And thank you so much for your help with shadows. It's seriously my new way of working with them :hug:
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waw, i`m really happy to know that.... i mean it, really happy to help ya! =D
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lolyweb Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
great work-congratulations
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:iconitznikki530:
itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :heart:
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Energiaelca1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful
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itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
 Hug 
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Incantata Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional
It's one from my prefer perspective! and this feet :D
Seriously, you done great improvement for this period and i will wait your new works with interesting vision of perspective, i'm sure that this direction will go best for you - because your angle of vision is always very original!
It was great pleasure to work with you, Nicole <3
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itznikki530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so happy you recommended those feet! They add a cool perspective. And thanks for the kind words and of course all your hard work during these last several weeks. It was amazing and totally opened my eyes to a lot of things I was overlooking when doing manips! You are really a great coach :heart:
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