Wonder Woman for the latest Sketch Dailies challenge.
There are stories, myths, and legends throughout history discussing the exploits of Celtic women warriors, particularly among the barbarian tribes of Iron Age Europe. While I’ve yet to read anything confirming how common these battle maidens were, I’m proud of CA for including them in the game. Queen Boudicca of the Iceni led over a 100,000 warriors against the Roman occupation; it would be interesting to know what percentage of these were women.
"What is it? Have you found Drosnur’s tracks?" Emila was hopeful, though the same desperation that had been rising in the others after three long days trying to find their friend had infected her as well.
"No… just a skull." Kosh’s voice was quiet as she studied her find, pulling her gaze from the empty sockets lit by the now too-familiar bright blue glow to study the skull’s grim face.
"No surprise there, we’ve seen hundreds in the last half hour alone." Tandeth was impatient, and in no mood to hear Kosh drone on about what secrets could be gleaned from the clues others left behind in their wake.
"This one bears a scar," the half-orc replied, letting her eyes pass over the damaged bone. "A long scratch from the temple to the place its ear would be on the left side."
"Why’s that important?"
Kosh moved a hand to place it upon the dented skull, but thought better of it and let it rest instead at her side. She could barely find the breath to speak the words.
"Because… when I first encountered Drosnur, he’d taken me by surprise. I grabbed a woodsman’s axe and struck him… Hard. I gave him that scar."
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ELSPETH - Theros | The Hero’s Path
I’ve been on an Elspeth kick lately, so here, have some promotional art.
So I decided my new life goal is to become a magical girl viking
Because I love metal. I love metal so much. It’s the music that calms me down the most and I fucking love metal heads. Everything about it is great.
I just also wish I could be super fucking cute while also being a metal head. I mean I do it anyway but imagine if I could do it BETTER. LIKE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Be super brutal and badass but also super femme and adorable!!
I want to chug beer and smash it then explode into rainbow sparkles and bows and get a cute little outfit with a little skirt and a fur cloak and take my sparkly weapon and go cut off the head of a dragon and write it’s name on my face in it’s own blood and drink some more and giggle adorably and have a talking pet that instructs me and my comrades about our magical powers. That’s what I want out of my life.
Also I might have to draw more of these and by might I MEAN FUCKING YES
I’m glad I decided to refresh tumblr one more time before going to bed.
IN THE NAME OF THOR ODINSON I WILL PUNISH YOU
A little while ago a very well known, and well respected writer let it be known that he was looking for an artist to illustrate a graphic novel about Celts, Romans and Druids staring a very strong warrior woman. It doesn’t take a detective to realize he’s referring to Boudicca, who organized a successful (and then unsuccessful) revolt against Roman rule in Britannia.
I sent this image along with a very passionate note about my interest in the subject to the writer but never heard back.
Nevertheless, it was good to change up my approach and work in a less animated style than I typically do. I attempted to be authentic as possible in depicting everything except the tattoos. The blue tribal tattoos so often associated with the Celts was really used only by a small group of people in the Scottish Highlands known as the Picts (or “Painted-People”). Boudicca was Queen of the Icini tribe, much further south than the pics, but it’s a striking visual. I can see why so many artists and costume designers use it for other generic Celts as well.