Janne Robberstad

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the traveling viking

By spotogspindel | February 13, 2012

Inspired by Matthew Cusick´s art, I snumbled head-over-heels into my old world atlas, scissors first!

Old, as in out-dated. Countries have come and gone since this was new, when I was kid…

Well, since it´s all about vikings here these days, I thought I´d have a go at a map-portrait. Cut, glued and collaged down. I have to admit to a minor cheating. Even though my atlas is a big book, the maps are all in the same 6-8 colors, and I would have liked at least a couple more. So I did emphesize some of the colors with a light coat of fabric paint. I prefer fabric paint in this case, even though I´m painting on paper, because it is translucent, but more durable than water-color paint. What do you think? Does he look fierce to you?

And by the way, does anybody know what the vikings called Russia?

Topics: Art, Technique | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “the traveling viking”

  1. Siri Says:
    February 14th, 2012 at 20:04

    Wow! Really nice! Didn’t the vikings call Russia “Gardariket”? (Not enirely sure…)

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    February 14th, 2012 at 20:38

    Yes, Gardariket. One of my viking-reenactor-friends just told me. Thank you! 🙂

  3. Tyler Says:
    February 15th, 2012 at 08:12

    wow…that looks amazing…I’d like to give it a whirl…you’ll have to fill me in at artfest on how you did it! 🙂

  4. Teleri Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 11:37

    Fun with old maps! Awesome..