Valhalla
Valhalla
Okay last piece in the series. Three pieces telling their own stories but also one together. The diorama “Fate” showing a depiction of the fates as depicted in the Voluspa. Large figure “Valkyrie” depicting a Valkyrie descending to choose the worthy warriors who died in battle. And the bust “Valhalla” showing a young shield maiden being sent to Valhalla on her funeral pyre boat.

But there is a common thread in all 3. The shield. The shield in fate with a skeleton at the base of Yggdrasil represents someone who died without honor. Then we see the Valkyrie claiming someone with the same shield symbol, a worthy descendent. In Valhalla the shield is repeated. Perhaps she is the descendent of the dishonored figure in Fate, redeeming her family’s honor.

I’ve broken the three pieces up for display on PnP much like they were at CB but also a group photo of the full display.

In the bust Valhalla we have our fallen sheildmaiden. She has been placed in her funeral pyre boat and sent off. Around her are an assortment of items like apples, containers, her weapons and broken shield, and a doll. Perhaps the doll is from her childhood. Perhaps it’s a gift from her daughter. The frame contains a reference back to Yggdrasil and the raven to the Valkyrie. The arrangement of these items also creates a diagonal line across her face to lend a sense of movement to the piece.

A small tribute scroll to my grandfather rest under her right elbow.

I hope you enjoy the piece.
  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Unbelievable modeling and paintwork.

  • Steve Haydon (Forté)

    Quite possibly my favourite of all the parts to that project. Subtle conversion, lovely details, and a great hint of fire just out of view. Love it.

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Glad you enjoyed it Steve. This was a fun piece to do ( actually the whole series was fun overall.  New challenges and such). It was interesting to try and show bits of the characters past but what went with her in the funeral pyre.

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    Like I said: Wow! Editor’s choice from my end again for this beautiful series and the amazing amount of work and idea that went in it!

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Thank You Roman!  I’m really happy you enjoyed all the pieces and the ideas in them. Really makes my day.

  • Laurent Aubry aka Pisco

    I love your version. Emotion, art & ... emotion.
    Congratulations

  • Roman "Light_one" GrubaPLUS

    Amazing work! One of most interesting projects I’ve seen for a long time!

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Thanks Roman!  I’m thrilled folks find the piece unique and interesting. Means even more though when fellow artist do. :).

  • Natalia Oracz

    I really enjoy all three pieces. Love the complexity, all of the details and theme.

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Thanks Natalia!  The idea didn’t start this way but grew and grew into this triptych like idea. I’m glad you liked them. :)

  • mmasclansPLUS

    There is a project with a lot of time and love, and specially effort. Dedication to the detail, the background and the design. And the result is really good! Hope to see more like this in the future..:) Congratulations for your work!

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Thanks Marc!  I’m honored by your words. I hope to produce more works like this in the future. Maybe not the Norse theme but stories within stories, use of frames with backgrounds, etc. I’m thrilled the dedication and love for these pieces can be seen and felt. :).

  • luisgomezpradal

    So romantic scene…great idea…congrats for your work!!

  • Kukiraz

    Absolutely stunning! This and your Fate piece were my two absolute favorite things in Crystal Brush!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    youre one of my best students on patreon. and your creativity is fantastic. i am very sure that if you go in certain direction you will be a beast!

    • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

      Thank you Alfonso, not only for the comment but for all of your guidance. I look forward to many more discussions in the future. I hope I can live up to the expectations.

  • Anthony Wang

    What a wonderful entry this year Chris! Your creativity and perseverance on this display is really amazing. Congrats friend!