Yes, I know 'menninkäinen' is Finnish, but there just isn't a word that would describe this finnish word for the race. Closest matches may be 'elf' or 'troll' (in the cute form) or 'gnome' as the dictionary said, but... it's not really a gnome, is it? Eventhough it's meant to be maybe a little smaller than humans, but not gnome-like (at least not the World of Warcraft-gnome-like). So, about the menninkäinen, or elf/troll/gnome boy, in the picture. My boyfriend (who looks very elf-ish in the Irish way though he's a Finn) was the model for the face and I think it worked out quite well because it looks like him. I started making this as a Body Study, but then ended up coloring it with watercolour. I have had a long pause from painting and now started to try and remember how it was done. Anyway. The idea for the pose was that he's stalking and hunting something in a forest (see the miserable grass under his feet) and is just about to take his dagger and charge.