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The Golden Duck by bubug The Golden Duck by bubug

According to the Polish legend "Złota kaczka", the Golden Duck dwells in the cellars beneath Warsaw's Ostrogski Castle. The creature, a princess who has been bewitched by an evil sorcerer, lives under the castle and waits for someone to set her free.

The Duck can be restored to human form only by a man who can spend 100 gold ducats a day for three consecutive days, without sharing any of this small fortune with anyone. The poor shoemaker's apprentice finds the Gold Duck under the Castle and is granted the ducats to spend, but is unable to spend them all in the allotted time. He gives the remainder to a beggar, who tells him that money does not bring happiness. The Gold Duck disappears, taking with it the treasures stored under the Castle, but from that day the boy is happy. He becomes a master shoemaker, finds himself a beautiful wife, and lives into old age, surrounded by happy friends and children.

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LiliWrites Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible textures in this! Gorgeous work. :) 
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wykaraska Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Przecudna! Tak wiele szczegółów - pióra, klejnoty, koronki... I brosza z herbem Warszawy w dawnej wersji!
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AliceTwice Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Great work, great story
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MisterMistrz Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Ładne !!! Clap 
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Reptangle Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
All female ducks should be treated like princesses!
 This is just wonderful!
 
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Mohnlied Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the story and this duck is simply gorgeous
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AstaQte Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful work with details!
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WhiteGoldInk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is mesmerizing -@

Beautifully done! 
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Belle77 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Cudna! 
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moranemon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Very interesting, thank you
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SwiftSnowmane Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Incredibly gorgeous! Should be an illustration for a book about this legend. :) 
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Hot68White Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Happy Pink Raven Heart Heart Heart 
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Anvonavi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow! This is so wow that I just can't wow my wow, because I'm realy wow about it!
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kotleta Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Poor duck no happy ending for her.

Great piece! :D
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017   Digital Artist
Wonderful! - perfect.
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! ♥
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UglyPete Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Jak miło zobaczyć Twój talent ukierunkowany wreszcie na inny temat niż permanentna krypto-fiksacja dotycząca pewnej nie-pary z pewnej serii fantasy... ;)

Piękną robotę robisz.
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Holyyy wowwww!! What a great piece :D Looking at all that detail and hatching makes my arm hurt :')
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mechacik Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Coś pięknego ^^
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AlbinoGoat666 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Woooowwww i really love it!
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MirielVinya Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! 
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Lariethene Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Najpiękniejsza kaczka jaką w życiu widziałam Heart Podoba mi się to wygaszenie barw, fajny zabieg, jeżeli chce się odejść od banału. A i "elżbietańska" szata robi wrażenie.
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montycrusto Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
is this done on paper?   Lovely work, so intricate and fascinating :clap:
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Exa-Waspus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! :)
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Actlikenaturedoes Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Wow, the details are amazing!Heart 
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Super amazing art!!!

TATTLETAIL MY CHILD 
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Looking4Work Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
It's beautiful, especially the embroidered robe!

And thank you for telling the story.
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aaTmaHira Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
The details are so intricate!! I'm guessing this is your Artistic approach, but the way you have etched out the beak, the background, the fur, etc., they give off an old book print kind of look!! And so so much details!! i really love it!! :heart:
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aaTmaHira Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Also, I featured your artwork with proper credits and Title + Image linking back to you. I've also added a Copyright Disclaimer on your behalf.
I hope you find the time to check my post -> Sao's Corner as your artwork was truly inspiring! Rose
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WolfofSatanas Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely story and drawings!
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