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East of the Sun, West of the Moon by agartaa East of the Sun, West of the Moon by agartaa
This illustration is inspired by the Norwegian folk tale called, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon".

This fabulous story is about a handsome prince who was bewitched by a devil stepmother. Every single day he becomes a Polar Bear and every night he returns to a human body. There is only one hope to break this spell - it can be done by a girl who will love him and live with him for the whole year without knowing the truth. The prince finds a really beautiful girl and she agrees to live with him in his ice palace. The Polar Bear tells her though one rule - she can't light a candle while sleeping together at night. She cannot see his face and the desire to know the face of her love is getting stronger. One night, while they lay together in bed, she lights a candle and finds the most handsome man of her dreams.

As she breaks the promise the prince must marry an ugly princess and stay in a castle east of the sun and west of the moon. The girl doesn't give up on being with her love and she tries to find that place... During her journey she has a lot of unusual adventures full of magic like travelling with the wind and finnaly she finds the castle. She outsmarts the ugly princess and she regains the man of her life. :heart:
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endergirl105 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
this is absolutely beautiful, your artwork actually reminds me of Pika and Isbjørn from the book based off of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" called "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George 
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Nevermore1849 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So lovely! Never knew this story before, reminds of Psyche and Cupid.
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LuisaHufflepuff81 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
This drawing is so beautiful. It took my breath away.
Congrats!
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divinerogue1991 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aaaawwww the white bear looks sooooooooo CUTELa la la la 
Heart Heart 
He's lookin at her as if to say 'watcha doin?':happybounce: 
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AliceCherie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:omfg: :omg::eyepopping:
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Saracia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors you used are gorgeous! And that story is one of my favorites. Beautiful!
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agartaa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I love this story, too! I'm very happy you like my work! :hug:
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jiamthekat Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the book/story amazing one!!! <<<<<33333
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agartaa Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thank you so much!! :hug: :heart:
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jiamthekat Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student
:hug: no prblem :heart:
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LassieTheArtist Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favorite fairy tale of all time! It's so beautiful. Gorgeous picture!
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agartaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thank you so much! :hug:
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LassieTheArtist Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Abso! :)
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StarMasayume Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I love this story. Very beautiful art for it!
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agartaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you so much! :hug:
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StarMasayume Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome :D I think the movie the Polar Bear King was based on the same tale? I also remember a book that had a modern fantasy take on it in the antarctic (with all the magic and fantasy added in of course). Despite that it seems less known so I was excited to see your art. ^_^
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TheHareandtheOtter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Love it! There's also a novel based off of this, called East by Edith Pattou.
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agartaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you :) I would like to read this book :)
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TheHareandtheOtter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You're welcome! :)
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HorseGuardian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I've seen the movie and read the book East that is based on this tale. It is really good
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agartaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you :D
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geekpalace Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Filmographer
If love the lighting!!! Very beautiful!!!
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agartaa Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Finihous Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Amaziiing work! :)
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agartaa Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you! :hug:
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Finihous Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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derelictSnowWhite Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! the hair and fur is amazing!
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agartaa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thank you! :D
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arihoma Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
What a beautiful fairy tale and illustration!
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you so much! :)
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AshaGreyjoy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
To jest piękne! Strasznie mi się podoba jej suknia i twarz :)
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Bardzo Ci dziękuję! :hug:
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Lovely illustration for a very underrated fairy tale! :love:
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you! :D
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dawn181 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love that folk tale! It is one of my favorites (:

Have you by chance read the book East? It was inspired by East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and is one of my favorite books.
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I don't know this book, but I'd love to read it! Thank you for sharing :)
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ADFTlove Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love that book and I love the dress
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thank you!
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ADFTlove Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
np;)
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Bilou020285 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful ! Such a wonderful atmosphere ! It's brilliant ! Well done !
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Bilou020285 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome ! ;)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bardzo ładne! :love: I też ciekawa opowieść. :-)
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Bardzo dziękuję! :D
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Brilliant! :-)
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agartaa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Thank you! :)
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Ishtarstar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I loved this fairytale when I was young. This picture is wonderful, I love the colours and light used in particular
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agartaa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Me too! Thank you so much! :hug:
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is too gorgeous!!! I am in love!! :)
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