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Viking Pinup by hughferriss Viking Pinup by hughferriss
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NOTICE: NATE HAS MOVED TO A NEW DEVIANTART ACCOUNT.

My new username is NateSonOfSimp: [link]

I chose my original username poorly, and now the internet thinks my name is "Hugh." Though I hate to have to rebuild my watcher list from scratch, I've decided that this switch will only get more difficult the longer I wait.

Thanks in advance for coming along with me to my new home on DeviantArt!

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A pinup that will appear in the Viking trade paperback (by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein and published by Image Comics). This drawing comprises my first (and so far only) participation in the world of professional comics, and I'm hugely indebted to both Ivan and Nic for taking a chance on me. If you haven't read Viking, you should check it out -- Nic's painterly illustrations are spectacular, Ivan has a knack for creatively-orchestrated violence, and the whole book is handsomely presented in an oversize format. Check it out: [link]

In the book, Egil is an impulsive berserker who curb-stomps guys for looking at him funny (really, this happens and it's super-grody). His adoption of a stray kitten, however, reveals a vestigial tenderness. My illustration posits that cat and man might have more in common than their mutual esteem for grog.

This illustration was drawn and colored in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet monitor. Most lines were hand-drawn using the brush tool on default settings, though I used paths to draw the ship's contours.
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:iconblackemoapple:
BlackEmoApple Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That guy has a serious butt wound 
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:iconzaaaaaaaaack:
zaAaAaAAAacK Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
// Okay guys
Will we all ignor the sword in the butt ?

( Those detals I love it )//
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:icondimension451:
Dimension451 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Love the brutality mixed with the cuteness. 
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:iconjrazvan3220:
jrazvan3220 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
food
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:iconkevinnichols:
KevinNichols Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
cute
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:iconzlobanajvacsia:
ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
X))) marvelous
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:iconswsylvain:
SWSylvain Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Wow, the detail and gesture in this, is amazing.
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:iconcyanideecstasy:
CyanideEcstasy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The cat is adorable. <3 And the sword in the butt looks... painful. >_>; Lol
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:icongeosammy:
Geosammy Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We at :iconscandinavia-vikings: would love to display this/your work in our gallery.

Sincerely, co-founder: :icongeosammy:

:iconvikingwarplx: Vikings Rule! :iconvikingwarplx:
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:iconcoelophysis83:
Coelophysis83 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! They're both like "Wha.....?"
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:iconmedallion2012:
Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconroguearcher18:
RogueArcher18 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
three things i really like about this
1: fearless cat
2: the two are looking at each other with their kills at their feet.
3: sword in the a$$
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:iconpicsapien:
PicSapien Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
i saw this image in the imagine fx and was hating the fact that its so small! finally i found a big one to drool at! awesome work :)
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:iconfolkbiorn:
Folkbiorn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
gooood this has so much meaning behind it
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:iconmaowmonstarr:
Maowmonstarr Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
omg its so awesome!!
THEIR EYES MEET AND INSTANT FRIENDS
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:iconswampfack:
swampfack Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
the colors in this blow my mind! I cant stop looking at it!
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:iconseawrench:
SeaWrench Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
You are some kind of amazing, lovelovelove your work!
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:iconhumbledgreatnes1717:
humbledgreatnes1717 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011   Filmographer
kudus vector art is yard to make look rich and interesting
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:iconhumbledgreatnes1717:
humbledgreatnes1717 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011   Filmographer
much credit vector art is not easy to make look rich and interesting
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
and the cat says: well aren't you a mess? ;)
splendid stuff. the humor is subtle. The art is masterful. and the little details like the crabs and barnacles make it!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
and the cat says: well aren't you a mess? ;)
splendid stuff. the humor is subtle. The art is masterful. and the little details like the crabs and barnacles make it!
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:iconbloody-dimisis:
bloody-dimisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Badass cat: I killed more then you did...pay up
Egil: but those are just rats, I just killed deadly armed vikings!
Badass cat: so what! rats started the Black plague which killed half of Europe, those guys can't even kill one dude!
Egil::explosion:
Badass cat: :matrixfight:
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:iconladyjanedangerous:
LadyJaneDangerous Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
O.o
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:iconminda-mouse:
Minda-Mouse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!! I love the paralell with the cat and the viking! Beautiful work!
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:iconklopim:
klopim Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
cats, the best killers!
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:iconkrisjustice:
KrisJustice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Beautiful work, well done.
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:iconclockhart:
CLockhart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
lol Sword in the butt. xD

I like the colors!
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Thanks, Scarlet! I, too, am proud of the sword in the butt. You never know when a thunderbolt of genius will strike!
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:iconclockhart:
CLockhart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is true. v___v
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:iconadelajasarovic:
AdelaJasarovic Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
nice coloring
and awww the cat is so cute, it reminds me off mine own cat ^^
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:iconsdmccarty:
SDMcCarty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work. I love the composition! Congrats on the pin-up!
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:iconmrsgiant:
MrsGiant Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Writer
My kind of man :) stunning art. please make more.
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:iconangelwingkitty:
angelwingkitty Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the angle of this shot. Wonderful skill!
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:iconallhelldanielle:
AllHellDanielle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist
the cat! oh god that is soooo clever!
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:iconartigas:
Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
I can't stop staring at it!
Amazing colours!
My most sincere compliments.
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:iconcalay:
Calay Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Great Job
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Thanks a lot, Elo!

Wow, nice drawings in your gallery! I love that crow drawing, especially. But they're all great -- nice proportions, great character designs. Wonderful work!
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:iconprinnyking3:
Prinnyking3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That is extremely awesome.
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Thanks, Luca!

I love the way you use color in your gallery -- we Americans are often scared of pastel colors, so it's always refreshing to see someone who uses them with such assurance! Wonderful work!
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:icontonidahora:
ToniDAhora Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow!!!
Master... Teache me!!!!!!!
Man your work is perfect!!!
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Thanks Toni! You're WAY too kind.

Between Magneta and Tweedledude, I'd say you've got the awesomeness bases covered. Your character designs are great!

Keep up the nice work!
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:icontonidahora:
ToniDAhora Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Man, I'v been trying hard and its super read it from a great artist like you.

Thanks a lot!
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:iconcitycobble:
citycobble Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
This is really beautiful, and your contrast between the cat and the viking is just urgh <3
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Haha. I'm glad you like it!

Cats, Vikings. Not all that different, when you think about it.
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:iconmaiwand85:
maiwand85 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love the crisp clear lines! And such vibrant colours!
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Thanks very much, Abdulrahman!

When are you going to put up some of your own work? We're waiting!
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:iconmaiwand85:
maiwand85 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, after i finish Dragon age, which will end a a day or 2 ill get straight to the work!I have to scan a few of my other miniature paintings, which have been lying around for some time! Lazy me!
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:iconmohnchen:
Mohnchen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
awesom!
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:iconfinegrain:
finegrain Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Writer
+fav because I really like it :)
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Thanks, Peter!

You've got some beautiful work in your gallery. I love the watercolors and portrait work.

Congratulations on passing your exams!
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