The wolf girl

“Wolf Girl” is a self-portrait made particularly for UCLA transfer submission. It has been such an amazing experience! I used to work with ink pen before, but this was a full on serious business. There was no room for mistakes, so I had to move slowly – one flower/tree/feature at the time. I liked it so much that I have decided to make a calendar and publish it in 2016. So stay tuned!

In the illustration I am in traditional Ukrainian outfit surrounded by wolves. I think that wolves are majestic and beautiful animals and they have a special place in my heart. I often apply wolf analogy to my mother and my loved one, hence the analogy is in the drawing.

There are poppies in the foreground, which is an unofficial symbol of Ukraine. There is a saying that anywhere a soldier shed his blood – a poppy would grow.  Poppies are growing for killed fighters of war.

There is forest in the background and that is a place where I feel most at home. For me forest feel like magic. Every second something happens, if you pay attention. And I believe that all forests are enchanted.

“I am a wolf girl. Forest is where I am safe. Forest is where I belong. Just like a tree I am strongly connected to my roots. Without them I will fall. I share blood with my people. They shed their blood for poppies to blossom and grow. I have wolves as my allies and protectors. I am part of the pack. I am fearless, but careful. I am at piece, but restless. I am everything I want to be. I am a wolf girl.” Daria Nakelska

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The messenger

When I moved to Sweden at the age of 12 I discovered Vikings and the Norse mythology. I used to sit and read about the ancient Greece and Egypt. I knew every god and every conquest; Now it was Scandinavia. Their language, the runes, different gods and creatures – everything looked so new to me and so special. This magical country that my parents have brought me to was becoming less hostile. Day after day I would imagine myself fighting shoulder to shoulder with other brave men and women of Scandinavia. We would plunder cities and then row back home in our ships. My name would be Freja (goddess of love) or Nótt (goddess of night) and I would wear armor just like the rest of the vikings and my hair would be long and braided. In the end I would die in a battle and go straight to Valhalla.

This illustration is one of my tributes to an amazing world created long time ago.

Ravens were always very important in Norse mythology. The most popular ones were Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”) They would fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin.

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