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Legend of the Rainbow Serpent by screwbald Legend of the Rainbow Serpent by screwbald
Art for FurtherConfusion's sponsor/patron print. With their theme of "Southern Crossing," one of the first things that came to my mind was the Rainbow Serpent legends of Australia. There are countless variations to the creation myths, and here's another:

A long time ago, in the Dreamtime...

Before there were men or animals, plants or any other thing, there was the Rainbow Serpent. She was the mother of us all. She moved around in the darkness before there was the sun and the moon in the sky, and her heavy, winding body created the mountain ranges and deep channels. Where she thrashed her tail, great rifts appeared, and there were great hallows where her body had lain sleeping.

After a time, the Rainbow Serpent decided that it was time to create life for the world. So at the place called Uluru, she gave birth. She gave birth to the Frog tribe and the Kingfisher tribe. But the Kingfisher people couldnít see to fly and the Frog people didnít have any water to live in.

The Rainbow serpent told the Kingfisher people what they must do. The Kingfisher flew up into the sky and shot down at the Rainbow Serpentís head, splitting it in twain with his long, sharp beak. Out of her stomach leaped all the animal tribes of the world and all the spirit beings.

The sun leaped up into the sky to light the world for the tribes, and the moon jumped up to take his place in the night sky.

The Frog tribe started singing as the blood of the Serpent flowed out of her body and into the channels cut by her travels, and into the deep chasms to become the sea. The vibrant rainbow-coloured scales of the Serpent flew up into the sky to become a colorful flock of birds. The image of her colours was left on the sky as the rainbow, the reminder to all the tribes of their common mother.
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YingYangWolfacus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is amazing by the way.
AmonymousMe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
It's fascinating how cultures (before the advent of modern science) imagined the creation of the world. I've never ever heard of the rainbow serpent myth before, so this was great. It's a fun piece of work. 
Bushdog4 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
SanXionMax Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
It's such a lovely picture!
SpiritFury Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
that is cool :D you should lookup the "Grandma Possum" cookbooks and stories. Can remember the artists name but I felt your style is similar ;)
Exto-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Love the art work mate!
I wasn't aware of the 'rainbow serpent' stories of the aboriginee's, maybe I'll have to start looking into them a bit.
Thanks for capturing my imagination friend!
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
That story kinda reminds me of jurassic park "God creates dinosaur, God destroys dinosaur, God creates man, man kills God, man creates dinosaur" No dinos, but similar concept. I think you've illustrated the story quite well, well, the story of the telling of the story at least. ^^
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist
chotabear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Oh, this artwork is so great - such wonderful expressions on the creatures' faces and so detailed. I love Australian mythology. Super !!!
Cubasera Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I can't get over how beautiful your artwork is.
The-Laughing-Lunatic Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love Dreamtime stories, they're all so beautiful to listen to. Such a wonderful piece of artwork dedicated to the Dreamtime story of the Rainbow Serpent, well done!
Pendran Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Atmosphere is spot on, really animated - love it :)
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Your work has been featured here [link] Please, :+favlove: the article if you like it, so that more people can see it :)
emukid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh my most favourite dream time story

i love your style
KyuuiSankey Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Is that a brushtail possum?
screwbald Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Yup! :]
clairewolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Aquamega Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
:wow: This is... awesome! Great job :)
RedRo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
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jecle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student General Artist
awsome story great pic
serendelusions Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Your work inspires me, thanks for that!
Torika-Blayde Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
a great piece, love all the details you put in it =)
Bankaispirit Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I just love all your art. You make me envious of the animals! They're beautiful!
warrior-of-dream Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I lvoe this one.. so trial and show power of wild nature :D
Colors looks fantastic and whole composition brings very mystery feeling..
*Animals mafia*
LoreMaster01 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I always loved the Rainbow Snake! :love:
928 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Superb picture and story.
It's grand!:)
Thadius-Effingham Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
damn, is it possible to marry artwork. I'm already married but lets say i wasn't.
YraelMogget Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Australian animals! Wow, this looks simply amazing!
Studio-Yogur-Sabor Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like stories.
Repto Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh wow, this is brilliant. <3 I love your painting style.

I have to say my favorite part of this is the cockatiel hunching down to look at the group. ^^
verod Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Nice work!
AviiCeruleanSkies Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student
Oh. My. God. THIS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST ANIMAL THEMED ARTWORK I'VE EVER SEEN!!!! This is amazing!!! cute australian animals and its so beautiful!!!! You are an amazing artist!!! :D You do koalas total justice :P
10partspeanut Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Writer
At the end of each rainbow, is a giant pie that can feed over 7 billion individuals of each species. :)
sweets8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Love the story on this one :heart: I just have to ask (if you've any inkling ^^;) how long do you think it took you to finish this? :omfg:
screwbald Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Hhmm.. it took about 3 days, maybe 25 hours of work.
Sun-dancekid Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Great exicution, details, colours! :O :D
CapriciousAmber Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
A real masterpiece, you are a genius!
Color, poses, expressions....fabulous and beautiful!
Applause and :bow:
KimeraXY Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
gnemesis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
So cute!
lonesomerider Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Great Work, with all these Details
Really Amazing
Culturedropout Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Gorgeous work.
Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful...haha,the Autralian animals have story times!XD
This is truely beautiful picture of an inspiring and insightful story.

I really admire how beautiful all your pictures are,not just in skill,but in content too.
It always touches the heart and life itself.
That's why you're an artist I really aspire to be like.
Capriicornus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
This is absolutely fantastic <3 I love the shading, and the fur texture.
Though the koala and tree kangaroo at the bottom do kind of blend in to the background - I didn't notice em at first.
Chiara-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
wonderful story! and the pics great, great scene :)
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay, Australian artwork that isn't tacky or cliche!

I love the lighting here, definitley looks like they're sitting under a tree.
MangoMamba Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
wow...all the details! and the animales look great! the look realistic but the expressions give it a nice look...
and the coloring is amazing! what do you use to color? watercolors?
and the story is nice too :P
screwbald Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
It's mostly watercolors, with a bit of acrylic. :]
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