I sculpted this scene based on the classic painting by Swedish artist John Bauer (1915). The original piece is an illustration of a children's fairy tale. This young brave boy ventures into the forest and meets a large troll. Since the boy is so innocent and brave, he merely greets the troll in a friendly manner - to the amusement of the troll. John is one of the most influential fantasy painters and you can see his style reflected in the works of many of our contemporary artists' works.

I decided to sculpt the backdrop as a test to see if something like the "flats" I see in painting shows could be integrated into a scene with figures.
  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    pure awesomeness

  • Tobias_K_Aasvang

    Absolutely amazing! Just beautiful. Hope you will do others like it.

    • Patrik HurtigPLUS

      Thank you Tobias! Yes, I will do one more of John’s pieces very shortly.

  • David Batista

    Gold! Maybe you want tyo see my last job!

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Wonderful work my friend, so beautiful!

  • Angel C Villalba "KaspareK"


  • Michel

    Amazing! In which scale do you sculpt that masterpiece and is there chance to buy a copy of that?

    • Patrik HurtigPLUS

      Thank you! I will probably print the troll about 8-10cm high.

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  • Jakob VPLUS

    Absolutely love it! Such a huge piece!

  • Luc "Thantor" Pinganaud

    Awesome! ^^

    • Patrik HurtigPLUS

      Merci, you are such an inspiration! Means a lot!

  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS


    • Patrik HurtigPLUS

      Thank you! It is certainly a piece which I selected after being inspired by your snail.

  • "SCV Park" Yeong Min

    Very Good ~! Gold~!

  • Josh "Zozimus" Pattison

    I *love* it.  Love those old illustrations.

  • Michel

    Is it possible to buy a printed Set?

    • Patrik HurtigPLUS

      I will try to make a super limited fan art run of 10 copies. Still looking at options to distribute and make these. Thank you!

  • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

    Absolutely wonderful. You’ve definitely captured the artwork.

  • John_Engstrand

    Älskar den, och en så fantastisk illustration som du har skulpterat. Riktigt bra resultat. Om du printar flera ex av den så vet du att jag gärna målar en (med min vanliga fart på 1-3 år hehe )

  • Erkka Marttio aka RaddiCraft

    Beautiful work mate, the sculpted backdrop works wonderfully!

  • Rhett “Saint Toad” Jenkins

    I absolutely love it. This is magic. I hope I see it painted.

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  • TimPLUS

    Fantastic work dude. You captured the artwork perfectly.
    So much to love here.

  • ohtekPLUS

    This is amazing!!!gold

  • Josh_Underhill

    Awesome and instantly recognisable from the ‘Gnomes and Trolls’ illustrations

  • Josh_Underhill

    If you continued with these my vote would be for the troll encirced by wolves! (or the Princess riding the elk)

  • Fabio "Frekstar_minis" Ricci

    it’s amazing!  if you’ll release some copies where could I be able to purchase it?

  • Jonas Sturesson

    Absolute GOLD!
    Damn, the boy has some serious skills!!!

  • Aksel ”Axefacepaints” Olsson

    Goooold! Can’t wait to get mine.