ATC: Selkie

My fourth ATC in my Mythical Beings and Imaginary Friends series is a lot more friendlier than the kraken in the last one. She also dwells in the sea, but can also live on land if she desires.

Over time, she has become confused and mixed in with the mermaid, but she is a different creature entirely.

In the sea, she has the form and attributes of a seal, and takes human form when sheโ€™s on land by removing her seal coat. Selkies like to dance by the light of the Silvery Moon and really are gentle folk. Selkie men are devilishly handsome in human form, selkie women simply beautiful. They have been known to marry humans, but must always at some point return to the sea. A human who steals the selkieโ€™s coat can claim her as his own, and she must remain with him until she gets her coat back. When she returns to the sea, she can not return to see her husband for seven years, but usually they never return โ€“ although if she bore children, she would occasionally play with her children in the sea.

They are really at home and happy in the sea, however.

My ATC depicts a selkie leaping from the waves, mid-transformation and letting her golden hair down before she even gets on land to remove her coat and stretch her legs. Created once again using pastels, gel pens and metallic markers, the colours on this ATC are quite subtle. I tried to take the best photo I could, but most had a little glare.

13 Comments on “ATC: Selkie

  1. That is gorgeous!!!

    I hate it when I can’t quite capture my paintings in photographs exactly how I see them with my eyes … like with the glares and such. Especially when I’ve textured it.

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    • Thank you, ใ€„.
      Yes, they don’t look exactly the same in a photograph, but I try to use the best one I can find. I do take a few just in case!


  2. A new creature Tom! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have never heard of the Selki before, but I have a childhood memory of such a creature, so I know part of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amazing what remains when we think we have forgotten everything! ๐Ÿ™‚

    God Bless!


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    • And there’s always something else that comes along to fill the space where the forgotten once was! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I like the legend of the Selkie, Prenin, mind you, I like all legends.

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