...but first, some stops along the way in the process, because I'm hopeless at posting progress in real time.
The original challenge theme was Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends. I chose to make Väinämöinen, from the Finnish epic poem the Kalevala. Väinämöinen is an ancient rune singer with magical powers of words and music. He is very old, very wise and very powerful, and also very eager to find a wife, but never gets lucky.
Here are two artists' rendering of our hero, the one on the left just slays me; the one on the right I might marry myself.