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Baba Yaga and the skulls of her enemies by secondlina Baba Yaga and the skulls of her enemies by secondlina
One of my favorite fairy tale figures is Baba Yaga, an old witch who lives in an enchanted forest, rides a mortar instead of a broom, lives in a house with chicken legs and usually has three magical sons. I have an obsession with witches in general, but something about this old Russian spell caster really captures my imagination.

I think one day i’d like to write about the adventures of her youth. How she became powerful and delightfully evil (although she is good in a couple of tales). So, here you go, young Baba Yaga (who would have a different name, since Baba means old woman. Maybe just Yaga?).
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ImSoTheBlackSheep Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to read those stories if you do ever write them! Baba Gaga has always been someone I liked since I was really little heh
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Same here!
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Haaah-Great-I've been working on same theme.I've done a couple pieces on it.Maybe bounce some ideas off each other.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
That sounds fun!
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
This is beautiful and interesting concept. 

About 3 sons- in original story they're servants. Yet Baba yaga was originaly Slavic deity, Mother Nature, and given her servants are day,Sun and night....   There are also stories where there are 2 riders,black one-Earth itself, and white one-sky.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Oh, thanks for the specifications!
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
No problem.
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KireenaNobara Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I love this piece! I keep coming back to it--it's just so arresting.  Baba Yaga/Iaga has always been a favorite of mine, so it's lovely seeing contemporary work of her. ^_^
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Agreed! she's the coolest.
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SpiritZodiac Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Baba Yaga is so cool! She's like the ultimate fantasy anti-hero! I am genuinely frustrated that they haven't made a Disney movie about her yet! 
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Same.
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TheJoanaPADJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Oh my I reaaaaally like this! Oo
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secondlina Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Baba yaga is the best.
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TwinMiaou Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Beautiful!
Your style on this draw reminds me the movie The Secret of Kells, an lovely celtic story, with gorgeous soundtrack and animation!
You have to watch it!

And I have to read tales about Baba Yaga^^
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TwinMiaou Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Yeah! You just got a fan #1 
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secondlina Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Oh, i'm a HUGE fan of Secret of Kells. :D
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Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had never heard about old Yaga having any sons. Who are they? Are they the three riders that Vasilisa comes across in the forest, the ones that bring night, dawn, and sun?
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Yeah, I read a French translation that referred to them as her "sons" once. So, meh.
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Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's interesting. I only know a Spanish translation in which they're called the "servants" of the witch. I'll have to check that out! :)
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I know in the comic "Fables" they are referred as sons too? But I think they mean in the "I created you" way.
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Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's interesting. I'll definitely have to check it out :)
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
It's a good comic.
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Gorgeous!
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NekoInari-chan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, if that is the case. Do you by chance read an online comic called Hemlock. The main key points of the story revolves around Baba Yaga and her 3 sons. I think you might like it, and if you do read it then don't mind me.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I started it, and really got into it, but then I kinda lacked time to keep going. I should though.
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NekoInari-chan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recomend catching up on it now while comic is on break.
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Apple-Fruit Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Baba Yaga! You know, she's always mentioned in the Vorkosigan saga! :D
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Oh? Never read that, apologies!
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TatianaOnegina Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   Digital Artist
wow! that's super cool Баба Яга indeed! gorgeous art style!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Thanks! :)
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cutest skulls ever! but altogether charming young yaga~
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emilyonthehunt Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
She is adorable :)
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Thanks!
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Baba Yaga is pretty awesome--my favorite tale with her in it is Vasilisa the Beautiful.
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Mine too :)
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joolita Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Oh, i'd love to read a story like that!
You probably know that, but the motif of Baba Yaga was very nicely rendered in a fabulous webcomic called 'Hemlock'. Your Yaga seems much more vigorous, though :D
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I keep meaning to read Hemlock. It seems like the type of comic that has everything I could ever want!
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joolita Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
You definitely should give it a try. I read most of it in one go :)
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PavelPope Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
о, точно: бабка в молодости была готом. А судя по мечу - даже ролевиком...
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Aonasis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the amazing thing is that when I was looking at my devfeed and saw this I thought "wow, this could be a really great interpretation of baba yaga".
You got her essence somehow, even if you depicted her as a young woman :) I really really love all the stories where she is!
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thanks! I wanted to play with her young adventures, but her personality would still be budding, she'd still have the style of the old her.
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anesmirny Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm glad you like russian folklore )) baba yaga, indeed, one of it's main characters.
even now, children sometimes get scared of her )
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
She's pretty dang scary. I can understand why it would stand the test of time.
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh. I looked at it zoomed in and the sword almost looks like it could double as scissors, which made me think of this really creepy German story about the scissor man who cut off the thumbs of kids who ignored their parents and sucked on their thumbs. It was a pretty gruesome story. Along with the rest of the stories in that book. Actually, it wasn't that bad, because he only lost his thumbs. In most of the stories the kid dies. And my dad read me these when I was a toddler. Oh well. They never bothered me.
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please write these stories. And the ones about Josephine and the house nobody wanted, as well. I would love to read them so, so much.
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Hhaha i'd love to them too. Time to put on a thinking hat!
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Nanenna Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think Baba Yaga is really good or evil, she's just genre savy and knows when a villain is needed. I don't think she's ever died in any of the tails I've read?

Either way this would make an awesome story!
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I think that's actually cool idea for a protagonist, someone who does what is needed, even when it might not be very nice.
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BerniePetterson Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Ooh. There is so much to love about this one. It does what every drawing should do - reads clearly at a glance but rewards a closer look. LOVE the calm earthtone palette. Hats off.
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thanks!
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