Aug 15, 2008
rough sketch for an illustration I want to start soon - also could possibly be an entry for the new IF prompt - "detach." It's based off of one telling of an Inuit myth about Sedna who's kind of a goddess of sea animals. In this particular variation (apparently there are quite a few), Sedna marries a man who turns out to be a bird spirit - and not a very nice one at that. They move to a secluded island but her father comes to rescue her. As they are leaving the island in his kayak the angry bird spirit husband calls to all of his bird friends which circle around the canoe and their flapping and flying creates a terrible storm. In fear of drowning, Sedna's father throws her overboard. She surfaces and clings to the kayak with her hands but her father cuts off her fingers one by one. Each finger falls into the ocean and becomes the whales, seals, walruses, and fish.