Inktober Day 5: Too many eyes + my entry for @blind.somnium
This has to be the biggest ink illustration I ever did! It's 350×250 mm. The task was to name the character and give her a backstory, so I called her Naere (Ne:rə). .
Back in the golden ages she had been a spirit of nature, an ethereal entity. But then people forgot about her. Over the years her body became smaller until there was nothing more left than the appearance of a little girl. The humans burned her fields, cleared her land and left her enfeebled and moribund.
So one day she plodded to a village, knocked on a peasant 's door and begged for prayers, begged to be remembered, to be given the strength to live. The peasant welcomed her, gave her food and let her sit next to the fire. She stayed at his barn for some months and health returned.
Naere became stronger and started to grow again after all the years in oblivion. The peasant noticed it. He saw that little girl who was growing with inhuman rapidity. And did the tares sprawl in her presence? Did his garden overgrow every time she set foot in it? The peasant got scared. He remembered how Naere asked to enter his house - just like a demon would have done. So in the night he sneaked into the barn, a blistering pitchfork in his hand. He leaned over her and blinded her. Naere lost her eye-sight and fled into the forests on this very same day.
Her squalls were heard for many nights when she was crying over her naivity and credulity. In the seventh night she was roaming in the forests, then came near a shimmering creek. She squatted down and touched the surface, felt the many eyes that were flowing in the dark water.
As she grabbed one it immediately stuck on her forehead and for the first time she could see again. "Thank you, fate", she whispered, "You taught me a lesson." .
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