I've been trying to including some background settings as well for the woman warrior, as i noticed it enhances the scene, even just a little bit, nevertheless, any feedback is still much appreciated
Inspired by the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtCTMv… - I just loved the initial calming tune and the increasingly epic melody till the end.
When speaking about the History of 16th - 17th Century Europe, one cannot miss the sovereign power that ruled the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish and Portuguese Empire. For much of the early middle ages, the land was ruled majorly by the muslim Maghreb from Africa, but the disunity amongst them paved the way for Reconquista which allowed much of the land controlled by the crown of Castile, Leon, Aragon and the newly independent Portuguese. After expelling much of the African invader, the Spanish and Portuguese began their way of building their legacy that awed much of Europe. Beginning by the discovery of the new world after the end of reconquista, the Spanish and Portuguese pursued to conquer much of the undiscovered world, bringing numerous wealth and prestige, while the majority of Europeans were busy with their petty conflicts and crisis.
The period of late 16th century to the early 17th century saw the Spanish ruled under the Hapsburg of Austria, who themselves a major player in the European Politics and sphere of influence. While the conquest of the new world brought many wealth, this was short lived as the sudden influx of gold brough huge inflation to the Spanish economy. With the coming of Thirty Years War, Spain was powerful, but fragile. Although their success in the early stage of war was enough to send a message of the Spanish legacy of might and power, the ongoing war proved too costly for the Spanish crown, and with their shipping line and colonies being frequent target for privateers and pirates hungry for 'Spanish gold', the Empire clearly could not maintain its glory as it was back in the 16th century. Nevertheless, they still play quite important part in the European Politics, maintaining their status quo throughout much of the centuries.
Historically speaking, women were forbidden to travel to new world, unless accompanied by their husband or male members of the family. One such famous lady by the name of Inés de Suárez, a female conquistadora, did exist in the history book. Although, given the nature of the promises about the new world at that time, it could be speculated that even women could disguised themselves in order to seek better fortune, joining the ranks of migrants, settlers and conquistadors alike.
In this drawing and the series, Marquise Infanta Elvira Mayor Lopez from the House of Ibara, is depicted in the typical (but very stylized) cuirass and morion, often seen worn by the Conquistador, although in this 17th century period, it was commonly worn by the Tercios. As the daughter of the ruling monarch and descendants from the same Dynasty as Urraca Alfonzes de Ibarra of the previous series, she held strong power over the Iberian court, and after being granted her own 'March' by the crown, pretty much seek to expand her influence elsewhere in europe and throughout the world, possibly meeting pretty much every characters from the entire Historically Wrong Sketch Series.
On the other hand, with the wealth of the Iberian Empire and their often draconian rule, attracted many envy of her neighbor. While the Ibarras were busy trying to maintain their dominion, another great power arose from central Europe, and the von Harzberg , who preyed on the Italian peninsula and much of western Europe, challenging the Authority of the Iberian Crown.
But then, all hell break loose when the Frisian (based on Dutch) decided to seek independence from the Iberian rule, and western Europe was finally thrown into bitter conflict.
And yeah, she is also deals with many of the Women Pirates in the spin-off series, like and
Also, the emblem and the flag is a stylized representation of the faction and no historical accuracy is intended....and also, i included the symbol for White Castle burger (replacing Castille), as a culinary in-joke .
Perhaps i should mention the credit to these people , , , , and especially, one of the finest artist who has inspired me with all his detail researched and beautifully drawn works, mrt Fritz Vicari ...if i haven't met them, or any one of you who reads this, i'd probably still be drawing sketches and some 'doodles on the train'. so, Thank you very much to all of you for giving the inspirations and the feedback
More on the Factions of historically wrong Sketch Series set in 17th century, Project Blood and Steel
But yeah, you works always reminds me of Angus McBride's work, so you have my admiration as always
Say, I have a question to ask. Every artist has his/her preferences and interests, of course, and that's perfectly normal - but just wondering... The faces you draw, the armour, headwear, clothes, are always so intricate, full of detail... but often enough you leave the sidearms - daggers, etc. - at what seems to be a sketch stage. As in, you give them a bit less attention than the rest of the drawing. Or maybe I'm just needlessly imagining things?
You are correct Pawel, I'm not really that good with arms and weapons, as my main focus would probably be more of the character, and by the time i've finished with most of the drawing, i'm left with little patience with the arms
But i'll improve more, especially when drawing action scene, the details of the weapon is just as important as the warrior who holds it
To be fair, every artist has every right to love what they love and have little patience left for what they're less passionate about. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Hehe, I was just curious.
Don't force yourself to do anything you don't feel like. Sometimes going out of one's comfort zone helps in improving one's technique, but never try it too hard, because if you're too uncomfortable, you don't enjoy your art - and art should always serve the primal purpose of joy.
I agree with you, battle couple are fun to create and read It has its good and flaws as well, something interesting to deconstruct and explore.
I've written a bunch of them- I just don't know how to write girly girls except for one in "Heroes in the Hills" - her sole purpose is to be weepy and irritating- she get better though.
16th century fashion is hard, much challenging than the medieval ones. but hopefully it'll get better, because the future project casus belli will have a lot of those flashy uniforms, instead of battle armors (well, except for cuirasser i guess)
I agree, there is an error in the drawing of the morion, and to be fairly honest it's actually my first time drawing morion helmet...boy they are really a challenge!
The next drawing will probably be her mortal enemies in the series, the sea-beggar from Republiek der Frisia (real-life dutch counterpart)