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Ritual of the the Forest Lord by Ulario Ritual of the the Forest Lord by Ulario

I remember a time when I was young. I had wandered off the path of the Nyturis Forest and gotten lost. As the sun began to set, the trees started to close in on me. Their branches twisting into dark shapes and clawing at my hair and clothes. The trees began to groan the sound of a tired old man. I tried to run, but the trees kept grabbing at me. Finally, out of pure exhaustion, I collapsed to the forest floor.

A light seemed to appear out of nowhere. It was warm. Peaceful.
Looking up, I saw the form of the forest lord, a kind smile apon his wisened face. He smelled of fresh forest moss.
He spoke not a word, but I could see comforting visions of home in my head. I knew he was here to help me find my way home.


Personal pic done for fun while waiting for a few clients to getback to me about their commissioned pics.

Forestmute is one of the five gryphon lords in the religion of the land the main bulk of my stories take place in. He is a supernatural being, but he is not a god. Think of him more as a kami, or spirit like those found in the Shinto religion... or if you'd be more familiar with a pop culture reference, think of him as a gryphonic version of the forest spirit from the movie Princess Mononoke.
His true form is actually pure energy, but he manifests himself into the gryphon form shown in the picture to interact with mortals.

He serves all the nine gods of Thera, but is most closely tied to Iris, the goddess of nature.

Lovely forest stock by :iconanarasha-stock: - I've been looking for an excuse to use it. :)

Image 2010 Traci Vermeesch-Vezina
Please DO NOT copy, alter, repost, etc without the consent of the artist! Character/Image are NOT public domain!
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SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The gryphon is beautiful, I love his expresion and the shading, the antlars are a nice thouch. No crit? Well OK.
GryphonsWings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
This is beautiful. I really really love this.
Pittyputty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very well drawn! Keep up the good work!!
Tank50us Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
when I first saw this image, my eye was drawn to the candle, making me think of a B-Day for some stupid reason. But on closer examination, it looks more like a summoning, which makes one wonder what's being summoned... but due to the lack of evilness, I'd say it's probably something good. but yeah, very nice image, the character and such seems to blend well with the stock background.
Wolf20 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow amazing :3
biocoal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Nice, very nice. The picture is amazing.
AnuOjat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm there a re so many, spiritual beign afflicted with nature that i am beginning to think this is heaven or something XD

PS. I love it where other artist have similiar tastes with spiritual beings in their worlds, NOTE: I do try to stay away from similiar desings but sometimes it gets pretty close with artists like yours. Is this a problem? :P
Ulario Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No, it's not a problem. Barely anything is original anymore.
In fact, a lot of my spirit critters are based off of various beliefs of different religions, mythologies, and a few things from popular culture. I'm not a fan of anime, but I do love Miyuzaki's movies... as most of them provide great inspiration.
AnuOjat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Miyuzaki? Whos is this du---

*Checks Imdb.*

Oh... HIM! :D

Yeah, i jsut hope that since i got so much inspiration from you, youll note me if my gallery contains anything TOO similiar :S

I dont want to be thought a cheater :S
Linkin-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
=D Its so beaauuttifuull.
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