Shades of War Picture

Second posting of this version. The first time I scanned this one of the talons smudged. ;_; I fixed it with white watercolor, but you can tell, so NOW it needs a background. No idea WHAT, though.
I think this might be my favorite version, though.
[warning: mini mythology lesson. Art stuff after.]
Aaah. I think I'm done.
I will probably change my mind about it later.
Since I sketched this out on impulse, and then inked it out of a gleeful curiosity to see how it would look, and painted it because I loved the look of it...I deliberately refused to do any research whatsoever until I was done. I wanted to see what ideas I had in my head about the Morrigian, Odin's valkyries, the amazons, and so forth.
So I explained everything I had tumbling about in my head when I posted the black and white version, which I really like. <3 inking things. As it turns out, my memory was very accurate--which is tends to be about this sort of thing, really--and...
I'm fascinated by the concept. I stand by my idea of "she shouldn't be TOO pretty, because, come on, warrior women? Noses break easily! And stuff!" So, I'm glad I didn't give her cookie cutter perfect features, although I think I should have taken that further, given her more eye bags, that sort of thing. I do like the noise, though.
I'm also fascinated by what a far reach the concept has--the Morrigan, Valkyries, Amazons, all that.
Consider that birds figure so largely in all the mythologies which concern themselves with warrior women--crows and ravens, especially. As I've said, this is highly logical--carrion birds, war, decaying bodies--but it nonetheless adds another curious facet to the entire business. Ancient caves have been found depicting large, looming crows/ravens with breasts: witness the connection with death, war, and women, again.
Why IS that? I'd love to study this more in depth.
amazons.html">Look, look, I wasn't lying about the chopping off of the right breast for the bowstring! Hah!
Ow. Can you girls imagine?
A fascinating thing on the Morrigan: [link]
I'd forgotten about the washer thing.
As the article explains, it's THE Morrigian because she is considered a triple goddess--there's three of them. I have to admit I've been heavily influence by the brief appearance of the Morrigan in Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
[Favorite quote from the thing: "thus both in Irish and Scandinavian literature we have a conception of female beings associated with battle, both fierce and erotic."]
And about valkyries: [link]
It should be noted that early on the Valkyries were very fierce and had the whole terror/awe/fascination thing going, but this was much more preserved in the Morrigan--in later myths the Valkyries are the virgin handmaidens of Odin, and that kind of thing. His pretty little bitches. Yeah, okay, enough of the history lesson.
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It's mainly watercolor, with bits--tiny, tiny bits--done in colored pencil...basically just the hair tie things, really.
The silver (on the runes--which are, as I've said, Ansuz (the Odin rune), Algiz (the crow/valkyrie rune), and Tiwez (the rune of Tyr, another Norse war god)--I used silver acrylic paint. Yay, shiny!
Line art was done using a .05 sketch pen.
Um...
Oh, yeah. I'm not sure what to do with the background. I sort of like it white, but I'd welcome ideas.
Er, I really like how this came out, actually, hah. Er...I want a print account so I could order a print of this. XD Yay.
Comments would be very, very welcome.
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