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The True Picture of a Woman Pict by Laemeur The True Picture of a Woman Pict by Laemeur
This drawing is for my wife, whose extraction traces into the mist-veiled marshes of Pictland, and who thought it would be a hoot to have a picture of herself cast as a sort-of mythic warrior princess. For an example, she showed me a hand-coloured engraving by Theodor de Bry which was published in 1590 in an illustrated edition of A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, by Thomas Heriot. I thought the engraving was marvelous, and wanted straight away to do an homage to it. De Bry’s engravings were based on a number of watercolours by John White, whose vision of the ancient Picts is about 5% history, and 95% imagination — but what a fun fabrication he came up with! While my version of his “true picture” is still complete fantasy, I did do away with White’s griffon-heads and star-pasties and instead tattooed my model with a mixture of genuine Pictish symbols, iron-age Celtic ornament, and some Scythian bits and bobs.

De Bry’s engraving can be seen here: [link]

John White’s watercolour is here: [link]
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GrungeWerXshop Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Amazing! :D
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grazatt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
She looks a lot prettier than the picts conan used to fight
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work... i wonder where the bow is...
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priest524 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! Not just the picture itself but the whole story behind it and the inspiration. It's great to see what a Pictish woman may have looked like, I like your choice of symbols.
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jeandulin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
She seems quite futuristic with the tattos and blue color
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a lovely painting, great job! It's true that, regarding the Picts, there's more myth than fact, but there are a few records of Celts going naked to battle, so I'd say it's pretty accurate :)
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DredRobin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
and your drawing is awesome too.
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DredRobin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
COOL. MY IDEAL WOMAN.
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Papriko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I wish Germanic people would get this much attention and recognition as much Celts do. Everywhere you look on the internet, it's always Celts, Celts, Celts...
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
She needs to shave down there.
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Popotamus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Hey Guy,

I was initially going to start off with "hey Dickhead", but then I looked at your page. I looked at your page and saw that you are an adult male whose "favourite style of art" is anime, and now I just feel sorry for you. For you and any future girlfriends you may have.

Now, there's nothing wrong with liking anime - Adam and I like anime ourselves - but, judging from both your incredibly boorish statement and your preferences, I think it's safe to say you prefer the pre-pubescent 12 year old child look.

I know there are only about five girls in Whitehorse, so your experience may be limited to holes in planks of wood, but it's pretty unlikely that you will find an intelligent, self-respecting woman who will actually shave her pubic hair simply because you want her to. It is even more unlikely that you will find whatever you consider to be ideal - I'm guessing a very petite, ivory-skinned, slim, no-muscle, subservient, giggly, hairless, spineless woman. Oh, and probably prone to squealing and crying during sex.. because that's totally normal as well. If you do manage to find this person - she will be either a borderline imbecile or her self-esteem will be too low to know any better. And that's sad. For her.

I'm not sure why I "need to shave down there". It's hair. I'm an adult. It serves a purpose. I don't have a problem with it and neither does Adam. That said, I don't keep the hair there for Adam and if he asked me to rip it all out for him I wouldn't. I'd tell him to take a long fuckin' walk and reevaluate what's important to him. But he'd never ask me that - even if he did have a problem with it, because he respects me.

And, finally, I'm not married to you (thank goodness) and I pity the fool who does make that choice.

Good day, dickhead.
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"That said, I don't keep the hair there for Adam and if he asked me to rip it all out for him I wouldn't. I'd tell him to take a long fuckin' walk and reevaluate what's important to him."



Reminds me of a conversation i had with a friend some time ago,   "If she shaves, she shaves if not, then not. I'd never date a woman that shaved because i asked her to.. pits, south lands, or anything. 'Cause it's her choice and not my bloody place to tell her what to do. Fundementally i like strong women, strength is what makes a woman attractive. If she is tractable & can't tell me to fuck off, then a relationship would not last long. I am neither slavish or imperious, and i demand only the same of someone i may spend the rest of my days with."



My poor friends, they ask me simple questions and get rambling grandiose philosophical answers..
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well said!!
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love you to bits. :glomp:
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
very cool work!
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ElvenWhiteMage Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing. You truly did a wonderful job. :D Where could I find some of these Pictish symbols, iron-age Celtic ornament, and Scythian bits and bobs? I'm trying to think of some tattoo designs for one of my characters based in Roman Britain, and I would like to make it look authentic.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
You'll just have to scour Google's image search like I did. The number of Pictish symbols is really quite small, so if you Google "pictish symbols", you'll find a few large images with all of 'em. And Googling "scythian mummy tattoo", there's a nice diagram floating around of tattoos from an actual Scythian mummy. For lots of other bronze- and iron-age artifacts, Sunnifa Heinreksdottir keeps a great bunch of pinboards at [link]
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ElvenWhiteMage Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent~! Thank you so very much!
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mmmmmike Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
excellent! it's just too bad there's not more historical record on this subject...
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Agreed! If only the Picts had known how handy it would be for us if they'd kept some written records. Or even their close neighbours.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is neat!
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
You should take a marker and draw that on your girl. Fun.
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blinkman147 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice. great work as always
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artist
love it!
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sobreiro Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool idea. She looks great too!! :D
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Hermiaa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I've seen those engravings and watercolors elsewhere and knew right away what you'd based it on. Great work really bringing them to life!
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a-Degel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
beautiful picture. A++
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phiq Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Those Picts were a sexy bunch. I prefer your rendition.
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VINTEM Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd like to have a statue of this lady on my work table)
Well done, sir!
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Popotamus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
More like bits and boobs.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Keep it PG, or I will block you, lady!
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Endless-Ness Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow that looks great!! Nice work :D
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