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St. Christopher by thornwolf St. Christopher by thornwolf
St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is often depicted as having a dog head. The reasons for this are varied, but the most popular being that he came from a land of dog-headed, cannibalistic people before he sought Christ and renounced his heathen ways. Upon baptism, this is when he was said to have gained human appearance.

The gold paint doesn't show up very well on the scan, but click here to see a photo I took of it where it shows up a bit: [link]

Acrylic, colored pencil and gold paint on a red oak plank

Pendants featuring this design are available and will be available at FC! $20 for small, $30 for large (with some gold enhancement)
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RoseMoon27 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
where can u get the pendant?
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Calsidyrose Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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Inari123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very nice traditional depiction of St. Christopher! I like the use of Celtic knots. St. Christopher also has strange similarity with British/Irish werewolves, e.g. Faoladh and Wolver. I wadge he's a Cristian syncopation of an old druidic entity.
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Sistheo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
luv it cuz my nickname is 'dog brain' [luv pooches esp my dawgs Daisy now departed & Stellina]
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do love this one.

Did you know that he also was said to have the head of an ass or a horse, as well?
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Sistheo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
is this preferable to a head up his ass? [giggle]
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:iconthornwolf:
thornwolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
I did not know that!
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:iconnibblekat:
NibbleKat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yepyep! Something to do with his nickname which I can't remember now in Greek that means "bearer of Christ."
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WolfN85 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done and a nice interpretation of his appearance.
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Sprockey Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Do you have any photos of the pendants themselves?
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:iconthornwolf:
thornwolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I do! Please check out this image:
[link]
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JaneJune Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!!!!
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JaneJune Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow)))
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Huge fan of wolfhounds and deerhounds, as well as this type of work.
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

:heart:
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Is his name written in Cyrillic?
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:iconthornwolf:
thornwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
No, it's Greek but some eastern Orthodox version of greek, so not proper greek
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Some of the characters just
looked similar to Cyrillic,
that's all.
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
That's probably the variation. I copied it from an existing St. Chris image.
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:iconlennan:
lennan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Awesome work, I've always liked iconic pictures. And I also learned something new with this picture. I never knew there was a story like that! Thanks.
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RozziBunny Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
I LOVE the wood grain!!! lovely :D
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Wolfool Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I'd never heard of that about st.christopher, mind you I'm not christian so it's not that surprising! Really nice idea with this though, great design and I love how you painted it^^
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Farguss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010   General Artist
A Great work

^_-
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purpleyedcoyote Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Hey Hey, I have never seen another person depict him like this. He is my patron saint for two reasons, one, because the church striped him of his title and two, because I have always had an affinity with animal headed people. When my friend made me a prayer plaque with him portrayed with a dogs head I was thrilled and here he is again! Haha! A sign if you will=)
Great work.
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styx-leagon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
That is really cool.
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:iconsomxt:
somxt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wtf?
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a minute... I though Christians didn't believe in saints and stuff. Not tying to make fun of you guys or nothing. But I was told that you can only worship one god or something?
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Inari123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well not if your Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. We love our saints. Most of them are old gods that have been syncopated into Christianity, though people like to use the term revere instead of worship since your technically supposed to worship only the Christian God. Christianity is really just European Paganism applied to a Abraham religion.
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badbadtzmaru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Student
Right...and Saints aren't Gods...(...You NEVER saw a Renaissance painting?!!)
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know but some were... wait a minute let me look it up.
Here:
[link]

See I have a St Christopher, a virgin Mary, and my buddy Jesus. And I ask them for guidance and help for me and others.

But to ask for there help... We have to pray to them right? So....

I am confused....
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badbadtzmaru Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Student
Well,I see...but here where I live no one would ever think such a thing. When you pray to Mary or Saints you just technically ask them to intercede to God... And Jesus IS God because of the Trinity...
And this is the religious explanation.
Then,I can also say that historically,when christianity took over heathen cults,sometimes saint's figures began substitute of local gods,to ease the transition...
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool I am safe. YEAH! Common man. Every one does it right? So its cool...

It makes sense. The Aztecs had there goods so they gave us the Virgin Mary and other saints. So I guess its all right. THANKS!
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badbadtzmaru Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Student
..sorry,I think I don't get it...

And I was talking about Roman Empire's cults,obviously...
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well here. The aztecs had there own Gods right? Just look at this. This is the tree of life from the Aztecs to the Mayans.
[link]
[link]

So when catholic/christian religion came over. They were thinking hard on how to convert the non believers. Well They made this.

[link]

Its the same tree but they were now stating that Jesus was the life tree.

Some people were still not convinced. So they gave us the virgin of Guadalupe.

[link]

This converted many!

Not only that but we also have our own local made up saints. here...

[link]

This is not even a real saint! But many pray to him anyways...

The churches over there don't care... some even carry his image I heard.

Every state in Mexico has here own made up saint that they pray to. They have a made up saint to fit their needs.
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OWNED!
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somxt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what?
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somxt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is an insult to the christians
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Look up "dog head St. Christopher." Christians came up with it!
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somxt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wrong
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
lol bye.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I've always loved these kind of icons (and been fascinated about "cynocephaly" in general). More info here: [link] :)
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Yup! I'm familiar with it :) I actually was going to call the piece "Cynocephaly" but I didn't know if it was too hard for most people to pronounce in casual conversation, so I left that out XD

Btw this is a weird comment but I am totally in love with the tail on your DA icon.
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Heck, I don't know how to pronounce it either! XD But it definitely IS fascinating! :D And lol, thanks! *CunningFox made that for me! :aww: [link]
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xandarr2112 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
That is very cool piece.
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feralgrinn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
This is really beautiful :3. I love the way acrylic looks on wood grain.

My friend *NibbleKat has been doing some stuff in the same vein lately. You should go see if you have a moment :3
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
And thank you for the compliment!
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feralgrinn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
haha just filling my commenting-so-people-know-I'm-still-alive quotient xD

:heart:
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:iconthornwolf:
thornwolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Pretty cool, not really my style preference though, but they have an interesting take on stuff, thanks for sharing :)
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Turret-Wolfheart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
I've heard some stories about him. don't really find them that often unless you look for them though.
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motavated Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Protect me from these wet roads!!! I have one on my car.
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