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Yggdrasil by dennisdonohue Yggdrasil by dennisdonohue
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the World Tree, a great ash tree located at the center of the universe and joining the nine worlds of Norse cosmology. The trunk of the tree may be thought of as forming a vertical axis around which these worlds are situated, with Ásgard, realm of the gods, at the top and the Hel, located in Niflheim, at the bottom. Midgard, our world that is inhabited by humans, is located in the middle and surrounded by Jötunheim, land of Jötunn, both of which are separated by the ocean.

According to Atiteco myth, The existence of the Flowering Mountain Earth precedes that of the world as it is known today. Before there was a world, a lone tree stood in the center of all that existed. As the creation of the world approached, the tree was impregnated and its branches grew a single fruit of each thing known to humankind. In addition to physical objects such as rocks, it grew lightening and even segments of time. As the tree bore more and more fruit, it was no longer able to support everything which grew upon it, and so the fruit fell, smashing open upon the ground and scattering seeds about. These seeds took root and grew, nurtured by the original tree and protected beneath its canopy, eventually crowding out the Father/Mother (Ti Tie Ti Tixel).

The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim ( עץ החיים ) in Hebrew, is a mystical symbol within the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism used to describe the path to God and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a "map" of creation. The tree of life has been called the "cosmology" of the Kabbalah. In kabbalah, Etz Chaim is a mystical symbol used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which He created the world.


Kundalini (kuṇḍalinī is कुण्डलिनी in Sanskrit), literally "coiled". In Indian yoga, a "corporeal energy" - an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti - envisioned either as a goddess or else as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine, hence a number of English renderings of the term such as 'serpent power'. Kundalini is considered a part of the subtle body along with chakras (energy centres) and nadis (channels). The overall conception has many points in common with Chinese acupuncture.

Yoga and Tantra propose that this energy may be "awoken" by such means as austerities, breath and other physical exercises, visualization and chanting. It may then rise up a subtle channel at the spine (called Sushumna) to the head, bringing psychological illumination. Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics. Yogis tend to attempt this alone, Tantrics in couples, both usually under the instruction of a guru.

When Kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess then, when it rises to the head it unites itself with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva). The aspirant gets engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss.
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Yggdrasil by ~dennisdonohue is an ambitious piece that surely fulfills every expectation: 600 hours of work on little over a year to produce this "...most recent work that depicts Yggdrasil/the World Tree in many different ethnicities, as well as a chain of evolution through the trunk, and in a third aspect is a lesson in Kundalini Yoga". It shows. ( Featured by stigmatattoo )
Nillart Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG wonderful pen and ink is not easy to master ..such a talent and patience 
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so beautiful!
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting :)
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AnujKorrupted Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great detailing and I really loved ur style of art! Guess you'd be glad to know that its featured on my blog at this [link]
Hope you would take a look! Thanks and keep up the great work!
Sarkananight Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic detailes!
janhatesmarcia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful--it's so sinuous and alive!
SophieShimazu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Amazing detail!
Philliewig Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing. How long did you spend on this splendid piece?
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it was somewhere around 700 hours (690 or something like that), but I forget now. It was over a very long period of time. I spent loads of time simply getting the shades correct going up the tree so it looked like it was growing still. The scan doesn't produce quite the same effect, but in person it is pretty stunning tbf. :D
Greencore Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, I've learned something new today, and a great story at that. Really detailed design, wonderful job on interpreting it in your art :)
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LuckyStarLane Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing detail !!!!!!!!!!!!!
headbanger201 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
was a good read and the picture is pretty great too
xmaryxedgex Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work
Sp1eltrieb Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I love norse mythology and this is just wonderful!
really impressive :)
juliangelo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
incredible ...
ThomKinzel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome detailing. I love this slug :)
Envita Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!
nydwyngreendragon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work across the board!
iMcCrea Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Truly impressive.
MrWildRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Dense this is just lovely.
You're so awesome at creating these candies for mine eyes ;a;
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Valentina-Remenar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :la:
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
More than okay! Thanks very much for the feature!
Valentina-Remenar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :tighthug:
disordermess Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
this is great. havent seen anything like it. And having a backstory about this makes it that much more interesting. awesome.
shvau4 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
great work! it really deserved to become a daily deviation, makes to stop and look closer over and over again
Azul-Seahorse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
Incredible!!!!! I like the way that you have made this multi cultural
MBKKR Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
As i like this very much i featured it here [link]
If you want it removed please tell me.
Thank you.
TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
life is hungry
sebreg Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
looks amazing!
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monstarart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: 6oo Hours! What an Epic Journey My Friend!! A Superb Creation!!! :iconclapplz:
urbanninjaman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
this is very detailed and i love that you provided info for me the better grasp an understanding, truly a great piece
id like to invite you to some new works iv been working on for an honest opinion seeing how this is the first series of paintings since high school iv started and i need critique and feedback from random people to better myself.

Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :wow: The details are just beyond incredible! And I love that you added the mythology behind Yggdrasil in your comments. :heart:
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comments :D
Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :D
Hortensie-Stone Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, the detail in this piece is amazing. Beautiful work. :meow:
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
FrigginGodess Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dark and brooding. I love the attention to detail!
Uralowa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Student General Artist
This is stunning... the detail is absolutely incredible!
gorgeous details
MelanieRachel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist
Wow! stunning...
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for looking and commenting :)
caitlin-may Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Those roots are amazingly detailed. I can just imagine you drawing them.. must have been a bitch haha. Great work though! There is so much in this image.. the complexity, the subject-matter, the boldness. I love it. I really do. Well done :)
01demai Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The only word I can possibly find is breath-taking! How many hours did this take?? The detail is uncanny, and I love the composition - the whole ferocity of the piece, the ominous bones and fossils... it's a fascinating piece of work :)
dennisdonohue Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you thank you. It took around 600 hours to realise completely.
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