|India c. 1857|
India was chosen not only because several people requested it, but it's powerful creative appeal (also I'm reading the Mahabarita for class...). Think of India and NOT have something very unique pop into your head- whether it be elephants, grand rajas, chai tea, sumptuous or millennia-old civilizations. Let's see what some very talented artists dreamed up:
BEFORE ALL OF THE PRETTY: Remember, this is someone else's work- so if you MUST link to show your pals, please either A. Go to the artist's website and ask permission. or B. Link back to the original artist (such as the case of tumblr or twitter). And please visit these fine folks' deviantarts or personal webpages- give them some likes, some praise, hell- give them a commission if you're able! (Because if there's one thing we artist types like, it's doing what we love AND getting paid to for it!)
Artist: Denise Farinsky
Artist's Comments: This painting is symbolic of Queen Victoria's reign in India and how the native peoples of India [represented by the mechanical elephant symbolizing the Hindu god "Ganesha"] were made to be the work force supporting the British Empire. The Victorian lady symbolically represents Queen Victoria in 1880s attire with a gas mask that symbolizes this toxic situation for the people of India. Queen Victoria was called "The Empress of India" from May 1st, 1876 in an act of Parliament. The mechanical elephant has a melancholy expression. The land is barren and the sky reflects the toxic atmosphere.
Miss K's Comments: Quite a statement about the evils of colonialism even without Denise's explanation. The picture's bleak and the woman's angles are exaggerated (almost villainous) compared to the elephant.
Artist: Chelsea Gould
Artist's Comments: A little messy, but...I had gotten so busy after a week of eyeballing pretty armor that I ended up having to churn it out in an evening. Bad me.
Anywho, here's my entry. I had spent some time wanting to design a somewhat more streamlined version of the old armor from India and this was the result (though it doesn't honestly differ that far). And who doesn't like a warrior lady? I focused on removing some of the old details, reworking them, and adding in new excessive detail in places there wasn't any before.
Miss K's Comments: I'm in love with the decorative brass medallions on the front and the shape of her sleeves. And anyone who doesn't like a warrior lady will be sacked.
Artist: Novella Delphine
Artist's Comments: My first attempt in a very long time at digital art, so you'll have to excuse my messiness. The character herself doesn't look all too steampunk (which I figured was because she's a harijan, thus unable to buy any wonders of the world) but I'm planning to use her in a steampunk novel.
Miss K's Comments: Well I think it turned out nicely- I didn't even know it was your first trip back into digital post-hiatus until I read it. She looks so swashbuckling!
Artist: Valeriane Duvivier
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Artist's Comments: (via deviantart) This is a picture of Maharani Sumati, the first wife of Maharajah Prasad, taken just after their wedding (attested by the wedding menhdi on her hands). Maharani Sumati, born into the Nair Clan, was known for her interest in science and western civilization. She was sent to England with her eldest brother the Prince Rajnish, to keep him company during his studies.
While her brother succeed in his political and economical studies, she centered her own around steam vehicle, earning the respect and admiration of her classmates.
Back in India, with the help of her brother, she arranged a wedding with Maharajah Prasad, who agreed to let her built the first Indian Steam Engine, the ISE Vāhana. Coupled with her brother and husband politic and a fructul import-export of both goods and foods by the mean of the Vāhana, she became one of the first lady of the country, in both influence and wealth.
At the death of her husband (rumoured to have been assassinated by political opponent), she fled the palace with his two others wives and their four children and went into hiding among the people. Five years later, she pull down the government with the help of the blacksmith cast, came back to power and put her son on the throne before building the ESI Vāhana II and the Indian Airship Engine, IAE Garuda, the first Airship to make the non-stop flight between Dhaipur and London.
Miss K's Comments: Tres charmante, Val- l'histoire origine notament. (Sorry for appropriating your language, forty lashes with a wet noodle for my gross insensitivity). Anyhue, I love how you've developed this history for the character and you can plainly see it written on her face and clothing.
Artist: Claire Hummel
Artist's Comments: (via deviantart) This is pretty subtle in its steampunkery (read: no extranneous metal bits), but I was just trying to bring in a few western/Victorian elements to traditional Indian clothing- legomuttoned sleeves, the double breasted, collared choli, and adapting the churidar into buttoned spats.
Miss K's Comments: Holy Crapmuffins, Shoomlah reads my blog. The color and sumptuousness of this piece is lavish, I feel like I should be going to the gym just for taking this painting in.
Artist's Comments: (via deviantart) This is Steampunk Ganesh, the elephant-headed god. ^..^ Considered to be a god of learning and writing...rather fitting for a subculture like Steampunk, I think being that it has literary foundations, and values such tropes as scientist and archaeologist...learning features foremost, in other words!
Miss K's Comments: Very true, and I like the subtle (and not-so-subtle) cues back to traditional depictions of Sri Ganesh.
Artist: Jeni Hellum (Miss Kagashi)
|Llama by Paul Eyer|
Artist's Comments: Miss K. will upload her entry tomorrow after she takes her exam on (you guessed it) India during the Mauryan period because she's one of those weirdos who has to scan her art in.
Big thanks to all of the artists to participated this week- it was a great showing! Now for the starting gun for next week. Our next challenge is:
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