This request was from tobecooper. He actually asked for Baba Yaga to be riding an ogre but I got so carried away with the ogre that I forgot to put Baba Yaga on his back.
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Baba Yaga, as you probably know is an old crone who lives in the woods and has a great affinity with the forest.
But Baba Yaga is something of an anachronism. Many tales have her as a spiteful old woman who lives in a house on chicken-leg stilts that will chase you down until you are within her clutches.
Older tales though claim Baba to be a nurturing figure, mixing poultices and potions from the herbs of the forest.
In some of the earlier tales even her age goes against that of the stories told today, with Baba Yaga presented as a strong, young mother-figure.
The meaning of the word ‘baba’ also varies across Europe. In some languages, it means a young woman, others just ‘woman’. Archaic Russian has it meaning ‘midwife’ but by the time it reaches Poland, it means ‘ugly, vicious old woman’ which is really sticking the knife in deep and giving it a good, solid twist.
Ogres we’ll go into some other time because, without further ado, it’s time to bring on our drawing (s) for today. The second one is just a hugely magnified version of the first so that you can see just Baba Yaga.
(It also gives you an idea of the scale I work on)
REMEMBER, EVERYONE- I’M STILL ACCEPTING REQUESTS.