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Khanum Sevilay Begotoglu of Dalachi Yurtu by Gambargin Khanum Sevilay Begotoglu of Dalachi Yurtu by Gambargin
Another quick concept drawing for the Steppe Women Warriors of Project: Blood and Steel, a part Historically Wrong Sketch Series based in the 17th century era. Her character is inspired from the various steppe people that settled along the Crimea and Caucasus mountains, mainly the Kazakh and Tatars, some of which developed a semi-independent sovereignty over the Crimean Peninsula called the Crimean Khanate.

Inspired by the Music: Algirma by Enkh Jargal www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJb7Le… (Modern Mongolian Throat Singing)

The history of steppe people was filled with tales and stories of both brave and bold warriors, whose mastery of the saddle was unmatched by any other people in the world. It is sad, that in my opinion, their legacy became more and more obscure as their neighbors grew in power, and their land were contested by the ambitious turks, russians and others. A good example would be one of the longest lasting Turkic Khanate, the Crimean Khanate, populated mostly by the Tatar people that lasted from late 15th century to mid 18th century.

The khanate itself was born after several Kypchak clans under the golden horde decided to settle down in Crimea. After a series of conflict, they became Ottoman protectorate in 1475 and developed a close relationship that was comparable to that of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the same era. By the late 17th century, the Ottomans power was weakening, and the balance of power had shifted to the Russian Empire who wanted to control the Crimea and securing their access to the Black Sea. In the mid 18th century, conflict conflict erupted between the 2 giants and would soon evolve to the bloody Russo-Turkish war which ended with the Russian victory, claiming the Crimean Independence with allegiance to the Tsar's banner. Although the Khanate itself was 'liberated' after the war from the Ottomans, the growing influence of the Russian and internal conflict led to civil wars, which finally ended with the annexation of the Khanate itself by the Russian Authority, therefore closing the chapter of generations of the steppe people's independence. It was a sad ending in my opinion, but their legacy always remains in the annals of history.

In this drawing, Khanum Sevilay Begotoglu of the Steppe Khanate (Dalachi Yurtu), is the descendant of the Begotoglu Clan that ruled the Steppe Federation in the previous series, tracing back her ancestry to Khanum Sevindik Begotoglu . What was once a powerful faction that dominated the the Eastern Steppe, their power and influence have somewhat diminished in the current timeline. The Turkish Orhans wanted Crimea as a platform to launch their invasion of Eastern Europe, while the Wendish Commonwealth, the Carpathians and the Russian Tsardom needed Crimea to secure their access to the Black Sea. It would not take long before the ambitions of the Khanate's neighbors erupted into a massive war that will challenge the independence of the proud steppe people in the series.

Khanum Sevilay is portrayed in a stylized tatar/turkic dress, and is depicted (inaccurately) holding a (very badly drawn) wheellock carbine. Wheellock carbine was prohibitively expensive due to their complex and intricate design, although the mechanism allowed a much more reliable method of firing on horseback, combined with the carbine style, which made it popular with mounted warriors. The depiction of her with firearm in my opinion is highly unlikely in real life, as the tatars were still using bows, which was cheaper, readily available and were easier to handle than the cumbersome and slow musket. Neverthless, being a Khanum, she would have had enough wealth to afford such expensive foreign weapon, but at the same time still opt for a much more traditional archery which undoubtedly something she's more familiar (and skilled) with.
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Developed from the original concept of Turko-Arabic Women Warrios Sheikha Ahu Durquba from the Medieval Series

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SvetlanaIvanova Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
As a lover of trkic world, ottoman empire and central asia, I have to say your drawings are really stunning :bounce: !
btw, here's a music you may appreciate if you don't know :) www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w3KHt…
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Hexele Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your attention to detail, her expression, everything. Good job!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you, the compliment is much appreciated :)
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Wolfblade670 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
He bearing and expression make this image alongside the excellent detail. She's daring the world to give her some good sport.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you, i definetely agree with your opinion :)
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one! I especially like the headdress - it's beautiful! Also the pose is pretty dynamic, even if the hand is a little bit off. But I wouldn't worry about that much!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I agree the had was a mistake, but i guess i have to make another proper sketch of her. If you search the actual turkic dress (Tatar or Kazakh), theirs are much much more elaborate than what i have drawn here =P
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susandevy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg, this is really cool !
I love her outfit, and those details. wow !
you drawing always amaze me and really inspire me to learn more about history.
thanks for sharing this awesomeness :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You're more than welcome! There's more to come!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I think she's among the most attractive warrior women you have drawn, and her outfit's lavish detail and ornamentation only enhances that!
I have two questions: is there any significance to the marking on her cheek, and what is the symbol in the top right based off of? 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Glad you like her! The marking on her cheek is just some kind of tattoo, there maybe some symbolism behind it, but I'm just using it for stylistic decoration :)

As for the coat of arm symbol, it's a modified symbol of the Actual Historical Crimean Khanate, Look it up in goodle or wikipedia, you'll find the similarities. I assume it was based on the Mongolian golden horde symbol.
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just noticed the music. Again, really adds that extra touch that brings your characters to life. :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I'm glad you like the music, I love drawing while listening to them, its very inspiring :)

All my characters have music on which the drawing is based upon. If you are curios, you can check all the previous works, most of them have links that connects to youtube video (if its not taken down already)
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the intricate design on her tunic, hat and musket stock. They really tie the image together. Minus the firearm, the outfit reminds me of the ancient Nomadic tribes of the coming down from the North and into Afghanistan: Gold thread and hundreds of gold ornaments woven onto hemp that is a deep terracotta.

P.s. I work at a museum and a few months ago we had an exhibition displaying Silk Road artifacts from Afghanistan.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Thank you as always! Indeed, i have seen the exhibition at least thrice when they displayed the Afghan artifacts, some of them were just so beautifully made, showing how much skilled these artisans were....It's hard enough to draw detailed design, but making it into craft, that's just beyond my capability.

God gracious! If you work at the museum, you'd probably would have noticed me, i come and visit there at least once or twice a month =P
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on which Auzzie city you live in. If you're in Melbourne, then there is a possibility I may have seen you at the Melbourne Museum over the last eight or so months.

In fact, if you happen to live in Melbourne (or even in another state), I recommend checking out the James Bond Exhibition for three reasons. 1: Over 2000 props ranging from costumes to gadgets to cars! 2: Exhibition is exclusive to only Melbourne. 3: Melbourne Imax cinema is part of the Museum and will be screening the new Bond film Skyfall.

Exhibition starts on November 1st 2013 and finishes February 23rd 2014.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist
that wheellock - better than I could do.
I believe i explained how I was going to use her ancestor right?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Yeap, you did, i remember her connection with the Rus and the steppe federation :)
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Wow, that's some beautiful music you've linked!!!
Fantastic work on all those ornaments.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Thank you pawel, i'm still not happy with the drawign though, i will make another one with a more refined character :D
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Photographer
Very nice indeed! Didn't the Turks invent the carbine. I understand it comes from "kara" and "bey". Basically "black chief" or "leader". We still call it karabély in Hungarian. I presume other opponents of the Turks would still have the old name. I wonder what your info is?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
well, that's certainly something new. I'm aware that the turks adopted firearms much readily and earlier than the Europeans, but hey, that's nice to know. As for the names, given that the setting is in the 17th century, i'd try my best to name each faction as close to its mother language, like Dalachi Yurtu, which is a bad translation of Crimean Tatar that means "Steppe Khanate". I assume the word Yurtu denotes Yurt, or "Home" in their language, but then again, all of my works are subject to corrections =P
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Hi! Sorry to interrupt your conversation, I got interested by your opinion about the use of firearms, when you write Turks who exacly do you mean? Seljuks or Ottomans? It is just that in the 15th C. the use of firearms was much more developed in Europe than in Asia Minor, this is why Ottomans had to hire Hungarian cannon makers during their siege of Constantinople in 1453. Therefore I am not sure if Islamic states in Asia Minor used firearms before Europe, pistols were used in Europe already in the mid. 14th C. - I remember reading an archaeological report and article about a handgun dating from around 1346 which was discovered during the excavations in the ruins of Odenpah crusader castle in Estonia. It was interesting to me because it shows that firearms were used very early in the frontier - distant north eastern regions of late medieval Europe... Maybe the Turks invented carabin - I am not sure, but certainly this was just one of the many types of firearms used in Asia Minor in Europe already before the Ottomans.... Anyway, great work of art as always - well done!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013   Photographer
Very interesting stuff, thanks!
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In old french the word "carabin" is a surgeon.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Photographer
Which has nothing to do with guns, right? But I haven't seen any reference to the Turkish possibility in the west, and yet the Turks had both muskets both before they were used in the west. And the Turks got it from China.
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Surgeon is quite fitting for something that damages flesh. Carbines have been around ever since gunpowder weapons existed - short barrelled firearms.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Photographer
It's interesting though to realise that what we were taught back in the day, about how Europeans invented these weapons, is now outdated. They came to Europe via the Ottomans.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Hi! Sorry to interrupt your conversation - I really do not want to sound as if I pretend to know everything but this is simply not true - guns were used in Europe already in the mid. 14th C. - even in Estonia which was a frontier, north Eastern region (certainly less advanced technologically than core areas of Germany, Netherlands, Italy and France) handguns were used already around 1340s. There is an archaeological report about late medieval handgun excavated in the ruins of the Odenpah castle destroyed by the Teutonic knights around 1346 if I remember correctly, it was published in the Castella Maris Baltici seires - I can email you scans from it if you want. As for the Ottomans, historical descriptions of the siege of Constantinople mention that they hired Hungarian gunsmiths to construct guns and cannons for them (the famous example of the Hungarian gunsmith named Urban). Anyway, again, I am sorry to interrupt with this longish rant!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Photographer
No, don't be. However, that doesn't change the fact that China had them a century before.
The Ottomans tended to be more advanced in field weapons (muskets, field guns) while the Europeans led in siege weapons, because most European warfare was around sieges.
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
History is written by the most influential. (:
but yeah, the weapon itself was invented in the east, but the word is likely romance language - meaning Latin based
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Photographer
History is pretty weird, I agree. As to the name, I'll leave it as "unsolved", how's that?
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