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With Fire and Sword:
Bohun

February 6th 2017
Ink, gouache, white charcoal
Toned paper
5x7 inches


Yuri Bohun is one of the main fictional antagonists of the novel With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz based on the real-life Ivan Bohun. Bohun is a Cossack colonel and ataman who is in love with Princess Helena Kurcewiczówna and is therefore the rival of Pan Jan Skshetuski. Helena's aunt promised the girl to Bohun since he grew up with her sons and she was very fond of him. And since he was rich, he promised to waive Helena's dowry of the Rozłogi estate, which would enable the aunt to remain there with her sons. Bohun is passionately obsessed with Helena, but Helena views him with repugnance and horror because of his quick-temper and cruelty as he once killed someone in front of her. Bohun is described thus:
"But suddenly he felt a horse and rider crowding into him, pressing so close that the two horses brushed against each other, and when he jerked back and looked around he saw two eyes, luminous with moonlight, staring at him in challenge. "What the devil!" he thought, more surprised than angry, and peered through the darkness into the face of the crowding rider which was little more than a blurred shadow in the night around them. The gleaming eyes, however, bright as the eyes of wolves, fixed them themselves to his own face like leeches. "What do you want?" he snapped, but the silent rider only pressed him harder. "If it's lonely for you in the dark, fellow, strike a light! And if the road's too narrow, get off it!"

"And you fly away from that window, little bird," the other rider's voice drawled softly in Ruthenian....

It was clear to Skshetuski that the young Cossack wanted to pick a quarrel with him which, in those times, meant bloodshed, and he wondered why since they'd never met anywhere before. Helen, he thought, could be part of this, and when he looked at her he knew that he was right. She had become as pale as if she were ill and her eyes were wide with terror and filled with revulsion. "Is this some hired Cossack servant of your sons?" he asked the old woman, to show his contempt for his challenger as well as the challenge, and then watched as she threw herself against the backrest for the carriage seat, slack-mouthed with amazement. "What are you saying? she cried out. "That's Bohun! A man as famous as the Ukraine is wide! He's like a brother to my sons and a sixth son to me. It can't be that you haven't heard of him!" It went without saying that Pan Jan knew all about this famous Steppe darling of the minstrels whose exploits made him a legend of recklessness and courage on both sides of the Dnieper. No one knew who he really was, or where he had come from, but he lived like a man created for danger. He gloried in war, according to the ballads that were sung about him from one end of the Ukraine to the other. As wild as the Steppe winds, he'd listen by the hour to the wandering blind folk-singers before showering them with gold, but no one knew what he wanted out of life, what drove him or where he was going, even though his name rand louder among the people that those of any other famous Steppe commander; and all his warriors, who were just as dedicated to loot and Cossack glory as he was himself, would follow him to Hell if that's where he led them....

Skshetuski's sharp glance focused at once on Bohun, searching for a challenge, but the Steppe raider's face beamed with such open friendliness that the most experienced eye would have been deceived. The young lieutenant was especially curious about this Cossack hero because his exploits had become a byword in the Ukraine, and so he watched him carefully, assessing what he saw. And what he saw was a slim, young, dark-complexioned man with finely chiseled features, a high forehead and thick black hair combed down in jagged wisps about curving eyebrows. His strong white teeth gleamed with every smile. He had dressed himself with special care in brocades and velvets which, next to the
Knahina's sons in their course sheepskin jackets and untanned leather boots, made him look like a high-born magnate among stable hands. But all his finery, including the rich cloth-of-silver undercoat and the crimson kontush of the Pereyaslav Cossacks, paled beside the dazzling Turkish dagger thrust into his sash; the golden sheath and handle of this costly weapon were so thickly studded with precious stones that they seemed to scatter sparks of multicolored fire."
~ With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz, translated by W.S. Kuniczak


I used this image of Bohun (played by Aleksandr Domogarov from the 1999 film With Fire and Sword) as the reference: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/5…
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:iconbohemianbeachcomber:
BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah, this dude is intense.  Very intimidating.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, intense is certainly the right word for him! :D
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:iconbohemianbeachcomber:
BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Urthrax-Mata Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Great job.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2017
This portrait of Bohun is awesome,very nice job,my friend!
Bohun played by Aleksandr Domogarov is acceptable,but in my opinion,Bohun should had a typical cossack face, has more eurasian steppe features ,more mancho and ferocious. And on top of everything,he should change his hairstyle to typical "Chupryna"!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! Persoanlly, I think Aleksandr Domogarov did a phenomanal job as Bohun. He was able to capture that crazy, ruthless, devil-may-care attitude that characterizes Bohun. I read the book before I watched the movie but he definitely relaced my own inital mental image of Bohun. :XD: But I understand what you mean in terms of historical look for the sake of greater historicy authenticity.

But still: 68.media.tumblr.com/d30415a129…
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
I agree with you!Everyone has unique mental image for novel characters.
I have also watched the movie,and consider ALeksandr Domogarov played Bohun quite well.It's only my own opinion about the appearance of Bohun.Anyway,your portrait is great,I can recognize Bohun in that movie at first glance!
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh Bohun. I drew him once. >>
Bohun by AlexVanArsdale  
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Haha! Thanks!
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Writer
8D YESSSSSSS, Do more of these. <3 Loving these so much.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! These are nice and quick to do, so yes, certainly! :D
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SuperiorGlokta Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Just ordered the book online. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! :la: Totally made my day! I'm glad my little pictures piqued your interest in the book! :D MY JOB HERE IS DONE. :dance:
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rhunel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017   General Artist
Very nicely drawn!!!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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xXDonnieXx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Very nice. I play a lot of Mount and Blade: Warband and they have an expansion called "With Fire and Sword" with characters just like this! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I think I've seen that before! I haven't ever played Mount and Blade but it looks like a pretty neat game from what I've seen.
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Flawless! the eyes, the hat... he looks like a slick fellow!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Novarose18 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Cool!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Novarose18 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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