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Mother O' Mine (Invicta) by Dogviolet
Mother O' Mine (Invicta)
I will be doing a series like this at the beginning of each chapter of Invicta, detailing new or very important characters. This is part of the series for chapter one. This is Wymarke (my main character's) mother, whose name is 'Johanna.' I gather from Wendi Dunlap's 'Feminine Personal Names from 13th and 14th century Yorkshire' that this was at least present at the time my story takes place. Most of the names for my characters, including 'Wymarke' are taken from her material.

She is Welsh, and in Medieval England people had a byname for the second part of their name instead of a surname, as such. A byname described a distinguishing feature - a particular or distinguishing attribute (physical or otherwise), where they lived, what they did....whatever made them stand out. Having come all the way from Wales would certainly do that for you, I think. However, in this, I have given her a surname (her husbands.)

I can't find the original file for the gold foil texture, as my computer crashed, so I don't know who created this texture. If anyone has any idea, please let me know! :D Drawn traditionally, but the gold foil was placed over the drawn letter digitally. :)

Enjoy!

Oh, and if you fave, please comment - I live for comments. :D
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Eulogy by Dogviolet
Eulogy

Who hasn't, during their childhood, held a solemn funeral ceremony for a pet? In this case, though, junior has yet to learn that, when writing the eulogy, 'hellfire and damnation' sermons are not the place to look for inspiration. That's altogether the wrong type of sermon. :)

 I promised I wouldn't draw any more kids with horns and tails, but.....I couldn't resist. Sorry. :) This is basically an experiment with composition and a slightly different style of watercolour.

Nope, none of these are Kadoak, and they are not his siblings....but let's just say that they are related to him in some other, direct way. Quite possibly, anyway.

 Sorry about the lag when it comes to replying to all your comments - I'll get to them on Saturday, hopefully.

 

Enjoy! And if you do, please comment! I live for comments. :3

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Nicenvin, Quene of Elphame - Invicta! by Dogviolet
Nicenvin, Quene of Elphame - Invicta!

Hey guys! (Yet another style U-turn, whoops.) This is a lineart of the Scottish Nicnevin and/or Gyre Carline, who is Queen of the Unseelie Court of Alba.  Quene of Elphame, in other words.

 And, a pivotal character in my putative comic, Invicta! (Hah! You guys thought it was dead...nope, just bedridden for a wee while.)

 

A bit of background....

 "She reigns with a male consort at her side, but his name is never given, it is my guess he changes with her moods.  She ... appears sometimes in the Scottish tales as Habetrot, a crone-like spirit known for her magical powers of spinning, weaving and clothmaking. It is said she wears a long grey mantle and carries a white wand and can appear as an old crone or a beautiful young woman. White geese are sacred to her and their cackling may herald her arrival. In this we see she is linked with the Germanic goddess Holda… Hel, queen of the Underworld, the leader of the Wild Hunt in Norse legend. She is Mother Nicnevin, queen of witches, the Mother of Witches, the “great muckle Wallowa”." (sarahannelawless.com/2009/06/1…

 Or, she is a....

 "a gigantic and malignant female, the Hecate of this mythology, who rode on the storm and marshalled the rambling host of wanderers under her grim banner. This hag (in all respects the reverse of the Mab or Titania of the Celtic creed) was called Nicneven in that later system which blended the faith of the Celts and of the Goths on this subject. The great Scottish poet Dunbar has made a spirited description of this Hecate riding at the head of witches and good neighbours (fairies, namely), sorceresses and elves, indifferently, upon the ghostly eve of All-Hallow Mass. In Italy we hear of the hags arraying themselves under the orders of Diana (in her triple character of Hecate, doubtless) and Herodias, who were the joint leaders of their choir, But we return to the more simple fairy belief, as entertained by the Celts before they were conquered by the Saxons."

(Sir Walter Scott.)

 Or...at least, those are two versions. The problem with this Goddess-turned-Faerie-Queen-upon-the-arrival-of-Christianity is that she seems to have more faces than the proverbial Cerberus. Thomas the Rhymer maintains that she appeared to him in a version so pure that he took her to be the Virgin Mary. According to version A of the aforementioned Thomas the Rhymer ballad (Child #37) she was wearing a skirt of grass-green silk and a velvet mantle, and was mounted on a milk white steed. The steed had 59 bells on each tett (lock of matted hair). I went with the bells in the mane for this image, although I don't think that there are 59 bells there, so I compromised by adding bells on her saddle-blanket, not an option permitted in either of the three versions of the ballad, but oh well.

 In any case, I've always wondered how Thomas knew the number, anyway....was it a flash of divine providence, or was he a distant ancestor of Sesame street's 'The Count', and tormented by the pressing desire to count things, or did she say "by the way, there are 59 bells in my horse's mane. Just in case you're gonna, oh I don't know, dictate a famous ballad about me or something." So I think I can probably be forgiven for a little artistic license.

 So, here's the symbolism;

 In Invicta, she's not just Queen of the Scottish Faeries, but I wanted to reference her Scottish roots - thus, the embroidered thistles on her velvet mantle, and the drawing of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Scotland, in the top right hand corner. In some stories, she is reputed to ride out on Samhain from the top of Ben Nevis. As the Quene of spinning, weaving an clothmaking, I thought that fine clothes would probably be fitting.

 Thomas the Rhymer mentions she wears a long mantle and a skirt, but because I'm so bloody minded I decided to misunderstand him and draw her in only a mantle and a skirt. Besides, many previous paintings that concern her or other celtic goddesses often go for a topless theme. And they don't even try to conceal the fact that they've just painted topless women by adding urns, vases or cherubs, which I believe is the standard practise. Tut-tut.

 She has her white wand, her 'Slachdan' (of birch, willow, bramble or broom) strapped to her skirt, and she carries a hunting horn, referencing her role as leader of the wild hunt. There are driads behind her, which stand for her eldritch entourage, and ghosts, as she was also reputed to ride out with the dead. In fact, some people believe that faeries are no more than ghosts. In addition, the lilies represent both death and purity (ironic, that.)

After Christianity arrived, she became known as the Quene of the faeries and/or the Goddess of death and disease. For that reason, I have included multiple skull motifs in the various patterns. The Celtic-looking designs obviously reference the people she came to be associated with (regardless of where she started out.) Her reins are made of bones and teeth, as in her original German/Nordic forms she was associated with bones and iron noses and teeth. (Don't ask me why.) There are geese and ghost motifs on her horn.

I referenced her face from various medieval or medieval-inspired paintings, the most notable of which was probably the Lady of Shalott (1888.) Vaguely, anyway.

Oh wow, would you look at that - I've written you guys a frikkin' novel. Sorry 'bout that! Anyway, enjoy! I may very well be doing a watercolour and a digitally coloured version, but I make no promises. :)

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I've got an exceptionally busy week this week, so I will only be posting today and Friday. Hopefully posting will resume as normal on the coming Monday.

Am I posting too regularly, you guys? What do you think? :)

Anyway, now for the thanks!!!

First, akitku!!! You are awesome!!! You consistently leave awesome comments which truly make my day. I cannot stress how amazing you are......and your art, too! Whoah! :)
If you have time - wait, no, even if you don't, you guys have no excuse to not check out her gallery. Do it!
 akitku.deviantart.com/

Secondly, Gawarin, for the most epic comment ever (among other things). Wow. Totally unexpected, thoroughly appreciated. :) You are incredible!!!
gawarin.deviantart.com/

Thirdly, maggot4live! You leave the loveliest comments, and submit the most beautiful and haunting photography.
maggot4live.deviantart.com/

The-Last-Phantom! Not only are you an insanely excellent artist, but you fave and comment like an over-caffeinated tennis ball machine and it is AWESOME!! :D 
the-last-phantom.deviantart.co…

MissMadcap!!! You know how incredible you are! You are awesome at favouriting and commenting, and I love you to bits. Mwah, mwah, dah-ling. And you produce consistently amazing work. :D
missmadcap.deviantart.com/

SirMrWilliams, you are incredible. You have this deep wellspring of beautiful, thoughtful words, and on top of that you are an excellent artist with true vision who is improving so much daily! Thank you very much! :3
sirmrwillims.deviantart.com/

Youngunlovedpoet, you are absolutely lovely, a comment angel and an excellent photographer. Thanks so much!
youngunlovedpoet.deviantart.co…

Cool-Party, I don't know if I've ever actually talked to you properly, but you are an awesome fav-er, so thank you so much :)
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Swisdo, you create beautifully textured and linear sketches that have a life of their own (if your work had an aura, for some reason I think it would be a lovely yellowy-purple.) Thank you for the faves, and especially thank you for the comments!!
swisdo.deviantart.com/

Dudet19 - you are a master (mistress, I mean) wordsmith, and your poetry is gripping, thought-provoking and genuinely excellent. :) And you are an awesome fave-er, too! Thank you! :D
dudet19.deviantart.com/

This is not a conclusive list of everyone who has, in some way, been my DA-angel recently - so, all of you who are not mentioned, I cannot thank you enough!

Bye-bye for now! :D
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: PInk
  • Reading: Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
  • Watching: How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Playing: Borderlands :)
  • Eating: ...T.T
  • Drinking: Healtheries Wildberry Tea :)
Commander Vimes by Dogviolet
Commander Vimes
And now, for a complete change of mood, medium and style! This is a very quick charcoal portrait I did off a photo I found online. (I can't find the original source - if anyone knows where the reference may come from, please tell me!) I loved his face - it's so lean and hungry. Sorry it's a day late!

I was just trying to focus on composition and lighting for this piece, which is why it's rough.
To be honest, this is kinda how I imagine Commander Vimes from Terry Pratchett's universe looking. :) But with a shirt on, obviously - I just wanted to do a shoulder study while I was at it. :)

Anyway, enjoy!

From Thud, by Terry Pratchett:

"We need to know the truth, Vimes. Commander Sam Vimes's truth. It may count for more than you think. In the Plains, certainly, and much further. People know about you, commander. Descendant of a watchman who believed that if a corrupted court will not behead an evil king, then the watchman should do it himself-"

"It was only one king," Vimes protested.

"Sam Vimes once arrested me for treason," said Vetinari calmly. "And Sam Vimes once arrested a dragon. Sam Vimes stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands. He's an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes. Sam Vimes killed a werewolf with his bare hands, and carries law with him like a lamp-"

"Where did all that come from?"

"Watchmen across half the continent will say that Sam Vimes is as straight as an arrow, can't be corrupted, won't be turned, never took a bribe."






Please comment if you fav or like this - I love for comments, I really do!

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Dogviolet
Roisin
New Zealand
Hey!
My name is Roisin, and I’m currently doing a full time Bachelor of Digital Design (Animation, film…) and loving every second!
I’m also Dragon, Drow, Elf and general fantasy-obsessed, and am of the very strong opinion that there is not enough time in all the world to do everything I want to do…
Oh well, there’s always parallel dimensions and my epic timetravelling skills….. :D

Current Residence: Ankh-Morpork
Favourite genre of music: Music with rocks in
Favourite photographer: Too many to list.
Favourite style of art: classical/ traditional
MP3 player of choice: Philips
Wallpaper of choice: Raphael/Michelangelo
Skin of choice: human. ;)
Personal Quote: I am not, as a rule, quotable. :)
Interests
I've got an exceptionally busy week this week, so I will only be posting today and Friday. Hopefully posting will resume as normal on the coming Monday.

Am I posting too regularly, you guys? What do you think? :)

Anyway, now for the thanks!!!

First, akitku!!! You are awesome!!! You consistently leave awesome comments which truly make my day. I cannot stress how amazing you are......and your art, too! Whoah! :)
If you have time - wait, no, even if you don't, you guys have no excuse to not check out her gallery. Do it!
 akitku.deviantart.com/

Secondly, Gawarin, for the most epic comment ever (among other things). Wow. Totally unexpected, thoroughly appreciated. :) You are incredible!!!
gawarin.deviantart.com/

Thirdly, maggot4live! You leave the loveliest comments, and submit the most beautiful and haunting photography.
maggot4live.deviantart.com/

The-Last-Phantom! Not only are you an insanely excellent artist, but you fave and comment like an over-caffeinated tennis ball machine and it is AWESOME!! :D 
the-last-phantom.deviantart.co…

MissMadcap!!! You know how incredible you are! You are awesome at favouriting and commenting, and I love you to bits. Mwah, mwah, dah-ling. And you produce consistently amazing work. :D
missmadcap.deviantart.com/

SirMrWilliams, you are incredible. You have this deep wellspring of beautiful, thoughtful words, and on top of that you are an excellent artist with true vision who is improving so much daily! Thank you very much! :3
sirmrwillims.deviantart.com/

Youngunlovedpoet, you are absolutely lovely, a comment angel and an excellent photographer. Thanks so much!
youngunlovedpoet.deviantart.co…

Cool-Party, I don't know if I've ever actually talked to you properly, but you are an awesome fav-er, so thank you so much :)
cool-party.deviantart.com/

Swisdo, you create beautifully textured and linear sketches that have a life of their own (if your work had an aura, for some reason I think it would be a lovely yellowy-purple.) Thank you for the faves, and especially thank you for the comments!!
swisdo.deviantart.com/

Dudet19 - you are a master (mistress, I mean) wordsmith, and your poetry is gripping, thought-provoking and genuinely excellent. :) And you are an awesome fave-er, too! Thank you! :D
dudet19.deviantart.com/

This is not a conclusive list of everyone who has, in some way, been my DA-angel recently - so, all of you who are not mentioned, I cannot thank you enough!

Bye-bye for now! :D
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: PInk
  • Reading: Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
  • Watching: How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Playing: Borderlands :)
  • Eating: ...T.T
  • Drinking: Healtheries Wildberry Tea :)

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thank you for the fave ^_^
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You're welcome! :)
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Many thanks for all the faves and comments! :hug: It really made me happy to read them!
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You're very welcome! You thoroughly deserve all of them!! :D
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Thanks for viewing and favoring always:heart::hug:
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