Scathach of Alba [filter] Picture
-Media: Graphite + Photoshop filter
-References: Stock - tasastock.deviantart.com/art/R…Photographs of stones and Celtic swords and designs, self-picture for the skirt movement.
I wanted to draw a Celtic warrior-woman from Irish myth, so here is how I imagine Scáthach of Alba, a formidable warrior-woman with druidic skills who trained warriors in her renowned academy in the island of Skye in Alba (Scotland). She trained a lot of famous heroes, Cúchulainn among them. Her sister, Aoife, was also a great warrior-woman, even greater than herself.
"If Cúchulainn would go to Scathach, the woman-warrior that lived in the east of Alban, his skill would be more wonderful still, for he could not have perfect knowledge of the feats of a warrior without that. (...) he stayed (...) with Scathach, until he had learned all the arts of war and all the feats of a champion" (Lady Gregory's Cúchulainn of Muirthemne).
I wrote Scáthach's name and the names of some other famous warrior-women in Irish myth in the stones using the Celtic tree Ogham alphabet: The left stone includes the names of Nessa, Conchubar's mother, and queen Medb. The stone on the right has "Scáthach banlaoch" (Warrior-woman Scáthach), plus Ogarmach, the invader daughter of the King of Greece and Macha.
I depicted Scáthach with woad skin-paint, flowing loose hair and a checked sleeveless, ankle-length dress (the plaid design is a bit off, it should be more irregular at the folds and all that...). Although the Celts in Gaul, both male and female, seemed to favour trousers when fighting, there is evidence that the Insular Celts often preferred dresses and short/long tunics to pants. The warrior-women of this time (c. 1st Century BC) are often described in the mythology as wearing long dresses and cloaks, loose hair, a great number of ornaments, and little or no armour. The same goes for the men (with short/long tunics instead of dresses) Celts didn't seem to be great fans of wearing armour, preferring to go to battle fully decked in all their (often encumbering) finery and/or with bare chest or fully naked.