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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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grazatt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
She looks a lot prettier than the picts conan used to fight
dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work... i wonder where the bow is...
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.
jeandulin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
She seems quite futuristic with the tattos and blue color
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 :)
DredRobin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
and your drawing is awesome too.
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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...
Guyverman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
She needs to shave down there.
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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