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Ijiraq by rgyoung Ijiraq by rgyoung
The Ijiraq (Eye-yee-rock) is a shapeshifter from Inuit mythology.
It kidnaps children and makes adult hunters lose their way. It can take any form it wishes, most commonly appearing as an Arctic Hare, Polar Bear, Raven or a Tariaksuq (a monster with a Caribou's head and a man's body).

This is my take on the Ijiraq, appearing as a Tariaksuq. I decided it would be cool if he had a weapon, so I made one for him. It's an axe made out of half a polar bear jawbone and a polar bear femur.

About 10" tall (very rough estimate, haven't actually measured him yet). SS/Sculpey Firm mixture and Apoxie Clay over an aluminum wire/foil armature (the same armature, as it happens, as the Chavant version of this monster that is also up in my gallery; I just tweaked the pose a bit to make him even more hunched over). Liked the natural color of the Apoxie after it was baked so much on the antlers and weapon that I'm not going to prime or paint either area. Might do a few washes on the antlers to darken them a tad, but the color was definitely a very happy accident.

Will be painted soon. I didn't log how many hours this guy actually took me, but needless to say, it was a while. I'm very pleased with how he's turned out so far, and can't wait to paint him.
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Moonstar37 Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT's like the Canadian version of a minotaur...... I LOVE IT!!
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Fuchsman Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the model along with the little bit of history; faving.
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rgyoung Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed the description as well. If you're interested, there is a fairly in-depth article on the Ijiraq on Wikipedia.
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AnnaLWagner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MOOSEMAN! Awesome stuff haha.
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rgyoung Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Khedvu Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely beautiful! :D
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rgyoung Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LewisMoss Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wowsers. Glad you finished this - I remember the chavant version, defo worth continuing!
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rgyoung Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you think so! :)
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Beautiful job Rachel. The musculature is incredible. Love the pose and overall attitude of the piece.
Incredible as always my friend!
Hope you've been doing great.
Take care,
Randy
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