A Selkie is a creature from Irish, Scottish and Faroese folklore. They are said to be seal-like creatures that can transform into humans by shedding their seal skin. Selkies are often portrayed as beautiful and mysterious creatures, and in some stories they are said to be able to control the sea and the weather. In many folktales, Selkies are believed to take human form, often marrying and having children before returning to the sea. They are often depicted as being shy, and if a human finds a selkie’s skin, they can force the selkie to stay in human form, but they will be forever longing to return to the sea.
This is an original, one of a kind marker/ink coloured illustration. Signed by Ben Krefta, a professional artist best known for his ‘How to Draw Manga’ art books, which have sold over a million copies globally. The line version of this image was published in the ‘Unicorns and Mystical Creatures’- a critically acclaimed, adult colouring book by Ben Krefta released in 2020.
Once upon a time, in a small village by the sea, there lived a Selkie named Eilidh. Eilidh was a solitary creature, who spent most of her time beneath the waves, observing the human world from a distance.
One day, while swimming near the shore, Eilidh saw a lone fisherman named Ewan. She was struck by his kind and gentle nature, as he fished alone, day after day, with a quiet determination. Eilidh found herself fascinated by Ewan and began to observe him more closely, watching as he went about his daily routine.
As days turned into weeks, Eilidh found herself falling in love with Ewan. She longed to be closer to him, to touch his hand and to feel his embrace. But she knew that as a Selkie, she could never truly be with a human.
One day, Eilidh decided to reveal herself to Ewan. She shed her seal skin and walked onto the beach in human form. Ewan was shocked, but he was also drawn to her beauty and mysterious nature. Eilidh told him of her love for him and her desire to be with him.
Ewan, who had also been lonely for many years, felt a connection with Eilidh and he too fell in love with her. They spent their days together, fishing, walking along the beach and watching the sunset. Eilidh shared with Ewan the secrets of the sea, and Ewan shared with her the beauty of the human world.
As the days passed, Eilidh’s time on land was limited as she had to return to the sea. She made the difficult decision to leave Ewan, knowing that she had to return to her home in the sea. Ewan was heartbroken, but he knew that Eilidh had to return to her true nature.
Eilidh promised Ewan that she would return to him, and she kept her promise, she came back to see him every year and they continued to love each other from a distance. They knew that their love was impossible but they cherished the moments they had together.
The legend of the Selkie who fell in love with a lone fisherman, lived on for generations to come, inspiring many to believe that true love knows no boundaries.
- Format: A3 size. 11.7 inches x 16.5 / 29.7 cm x 42cm on white 260gsm Bristol board
- Original marker coloured artwork
- Signed by artist on front
- Please Note: Colours may vary slightly due to Photo image quality.