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Midgard by TereseNielsen Midgard by TereseNielsen
It's a Viking with a big axe.

This was illustrated for part of an advertising campaign for the PC game Dark Age of Camelot.

Created mostly with acrylic, a little bit of oil on top in the detailed areas and a some colored pencil linework.

*** I have archival PRINTS in stock of many of my works. Please feel free to send a note if there is a particular one that interests you.
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:iconmakiclan:
makiclan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
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:iconmosquitosong:
mosquitosong Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
wow
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:iconbwbyars:
BWByars Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have seen this image so often on the internet and always wondered who painted it. So glad to finally thank you for this!
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:iconthatdwarfguy:
ThatDwarfGuy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
God bless, a person who draws vikings without horns :).
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:iconjohanvaultboy:
johanvaultboy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
that is Vidar a god of Asgard
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:iconindioblack619:
IndioBlack619 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:
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:iconnathandejong:
NathanDeJong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   General Artist
Badass!
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:iconjuergendsouza:
juergendsouza Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
ur sweeping me off my feet,
i love it, its awesome
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:iconaglaira:
Aglaira Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   Photographer
Amazing! :wow:
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:icondanishvalkyrie:
DanishValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Now, that is a viking! I was browsing in the search of a picture of a viking WITHOUT those damned horns on the helmet (I feel so sorry for those guys, who has major viking-tattoos, picturing them with horned-helmets. How wrong that is). Back to your painting; fantastic. It is beautifully done, of course, but there are so many layers to it; is he watching his done deeds or is he waiting for the right moment before he throw himself into battle, or...?
Your use of colours is very "dreamy" - it reminds me of the Valérian and Laureline comics, drawed by Jean-Claude Mézières.
It ignites ones fantasy instantly!
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shotgunwayne Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have encountered this pic many times on the internet and always wondered who had created it. Glad to know it is you. A long time favorite. Glad to finally be able to tell you "thanks!"
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:iconcyclist74:
cyclist74 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
brilliant pic.
he looks so ready for war.
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:iconprofessor420:
Professor420 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Astoundingly awesome! I always loved Norse mythology. Great work!
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:iconveiz:
Veiz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's an impressive viking!:iconblakelord:
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:iconreveena:
Reveena Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic :)
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:iconraiden991000:
Raiden991000 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
beast
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:icondragonkira:
DragonKira Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
This is awsomeness! How did you manage to paint all that detail? And please tell me how you mix acrylic basic colors to obtain metal color like you used for the axe!
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:iconjoshuahanson:
Joshuahanson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I played that game once then it crashed my PC
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:icong-manbg:
G-manbg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
how do you draw like this?
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Gah!!! Just gobs of practice.
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:iconblue-lupus:
Blue-Lupus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great!
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
thanks
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:iconfluchtpunkt:
Fluchtpunkt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
o hai! you comez here often?? :D
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:icongoogoolini:
googoolini Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
omg, the detail on the axe! amazing picture! (and I wouldn't want to meet this guy on the battlefield...)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
:) No, he's not very nice to people in battle.
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:iconcallacurt:
callacurt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
This piece totally blows me away. Such detail and feeling. One of my favorites.
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Coolio! Thanks for looking
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:iconlupa-rutila:
Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Fantastic pose :) So full of strength. The axe is beautiful, and the misty background too :)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I liked the axe as well. Thanks for looking.
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
P.S. :+fav: :)
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:iconptsd:
ptsd Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Wow.. He looks exactly like my friend. :D

Simply a magnificent artwork. :)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Thank you!

Sorry it took so long to respond.
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:iconptsd:
ptsd Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
no problem. :)
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mari-kris Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Wow, that is just...wow :wow:



Amazing details, amazing everything!!! And I ::heart:: hairy muscular blond vikings in chain mail with a huge rune-etched axe any day O_O
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:) So glad you like it!
Thanks for looking and really sorry it took so long to reply.
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Beautiful
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Thank you! :)
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
You are welcome
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Queen-of-Randomness Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
:'D Bless our dear Middies. :heart: We love our 'Zerkers so!
I absolutely love the detail on the axe and the tone of the whole piece; well-done!! :clap:
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davidlucas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do like a viking with a big axe!!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love this, he looks SO Viking... his stance and weapons and everything. I love how you work with your media, it always turns out really well and it must be really difficult!
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
Oh, that's just beautiful - the flesh tones and sense of movement in the hair are perfect :D Oh, and you can't beat a big, engraved axe either ;)
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
great work. i like the axe
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:iconag88:
AG88 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!!!!
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DesolationSphynx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
I've been watching your art on Magic:The Gathering cards now for many years.

Giant Growth
Lay Waste
Kird Ape
Force of Will
Legacy Weapon
Secluded Glen (which is the most beautiful Foil card I've ever seen)

Your peices are amazing and I am very happy that you are on DA and that I get a chance to view the full range of your skill.

Keep up the great work. Astounding!
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Hey, thank you very much for your thoughtful remarks.

I haven't seen a foil version of Secluded Glen yet. I'm glad you like it!
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:iconstevejasper:
SteveJasper Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible!! It's got everything, A Viking and a Big Axe :)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
: ) That's pretty much all we need isn't it.

Thank you.
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:iconwulfhaer:
wulfhaer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
I really love the belt! :D

Nice piece of artwork!

-Wulfhaer.
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
I liked it to. I wish I had one. : )
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