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The Wings of Tor by ElementalJess The Wings of Tor by ElementalJess
Seeing the aurora is common in the starward corner of the world, and the old Vanir of the Silver Isles call the beautiful lights "the Wings of Tor." The goddess of the night unfurls her wings on the coldest, clearest nights of winter, and sometimes in the summer.

Some gryfons consider it extremely lucky to pledge to their mate under the Wings of Tor, and will risk an out-of-season whelping just to fly under the hallow show of light.

Pictured here is Ragna, now the Widow Queen...in happier times, exalting under the Wings.

Character & mythology from my novel, SONG OF THE SUMMER KING: [link]

This character is NOT free for use. I'm extremely proud of her, she has a history and a life. In December I'll be opening up for commissions, otherwise, please do not use or alter. Kthxbye.

This is, to date, the BEST digital landscape I've ever painted, and the best gryfon. Be kind. Yes. Painted everything from scratch on three layers. :squee:

Also, I did not realize until I painted in Ragna how the northern lights actually looked like a gryfess spreading her wings o_O

Huzzah for happy accidents. ^_^
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CleoIsAFluffyKat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why, but I always imagined Tor as a Lion and Tyr as an eagle. XD
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what the lions and the eagles believe ^___^
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CleoIsAFluffyKat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just going to say this right now- I accidentally bought your books nearly a year ago and I am proud to say that it was the best mistake I ever made. I'm always telling people 'You have *got* to read these books!'.
Thank you Jess for creating hours and hours of enjoyment for me :D (Big Grin)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HA! It was fated by Tor O_O 

How does one accidentally buy books if I can ask? XD Clicked too fast on Amazon? I'm glad they were worth it . :icontwilightlaplz:
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CleoIsAFluffyKat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend told me about a book I should check out. I misheard the name, then gave it my best shot in the Kindle Store. Something showed up, so I figured I had done it right. Started reading, but it had literally nothing to do with what my friend said it was. Then I got the actual name of the book, but never ended up downloading it. I forgot what the other book was, if you were wondering XD But still, thank you so much for such a great series! Can't wait for book four!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that's awesome :D HUrray! ^___^
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Mshellt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIIIIICE this is stunning!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm still proud of the background...I think I could do better on the gryphon now... :D
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Lactopi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you did the northern-lights-looking-like-a-gryfess on purpose xD It looks so epic!

I've always been a fan of animal characters, so that book of yours looks quite interesting. :) I'll definitely check it out more.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^__^ If you read it, I hope you'll tell me what you think. :heart:
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Lactopi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly will! :)
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LadyDraconic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So glad I found you and your books. I'm obsessed with gryphons so I'm happy to see more and more people liking them <3 This is amazing work!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you so much :D :D
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Delfiphin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Gryphons are quickly becoming my favorite mythical creatures.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent. Then all is going according to my master plan.  ;)
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Delfiphin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I've grown fond of Stigr. He reminds me so much of Eragon's Brom.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, why thank you! He's a classic Mentor ;)
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013   General Artist
Such a lovely image, and the lighting is just brilliant. You do know how to make a dynamic scene in an arctic landscape, and quite a view as well, very nicely done image. :) :thumbsup:
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much ^_^
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you did the Aurora ^^
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^o^ I was really proud of it :D
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should be ^^ its amazing!!!
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sweetymimy22 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
so amny fantasy. :rose:
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!!! I saw your kickstarter project and loved how beautiful your artwork was, that and I so am interested in getting you book since I'm sad I missed donating to it by quite a few months XD
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^.^ I'm offering free shipping through January if you use Paypal and send $25 directly to orders@fiveelementspress.com !
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I sadly didn't have enough money until now (silly college), how much would it be with shipping?
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With shipping I believe it's $30 even. You can purchase from www.jessowen.com . ^_^
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Done ^^
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet! Shall I sign it to you? :D Or just a plain signature?
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh if you could =) My name is Jessie.
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Sihayo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Very Beautiful!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you so much ^.^
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mistywren Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pssst what color are Ragna's eyes?
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whisper* Pale moss green O_O
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mistywren Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Eager Thumb twiddle *
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 49 - Winter Fantasy!" You can find it here: [link] ^_^
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool!! Thank you! ^_^
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! ^_^
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GryphonZr-7 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! Looks great!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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GryphonZr-7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome^^:D
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Aarkaya Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning arrangement. i like how the colours complement each other.
The shading is lovely, how you have given depth and detail without making it to fiddly. The simplicity of the shading on the wings gives the image a mystical touch.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much ^.^ I'm trying to be less fiddly and paint more like the paintings I like. I've realized not all of them are as detailed as I thought, just very well put together.
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Aarkaya Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's great then. It looks more complex then they are when they come to do. But that's what's rewarding from doing art like this.
^.^
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You know, I've looked at this pic a bunch of times and I just noticed the aurora is in the shape of wings. Doy, I win the observation prize!

Also, those are really good aurora. They're really hard to draw. :-)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a happy accident!! O_O I had a photo ref (unfortunately it's been on the comp for years and I'm not sure where I got it) but I didn't realize it looked like wings until I zoomed out and was blocking in the gryfon. So it was purrrrr-fect ;D

And thank you so much. I'm obsessed with aurora and light and rainbows and this is the closest I've come o_O :hug:
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starstrike1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! I love it!!!
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Shurely Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing and beautiful.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Excellent!
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