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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
The La Tene body art is beautiful---I mean it, they're just gorgeous, gorgeous improvisations of the style---and I appreciate the inclusion of so much iconic Celtic jewelry (though I can't speak to their time periods of production and thus availability in the UK). 

 Also, that chick is hot. Fantastic work. 
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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codyrush Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
www.academia.edu/3891226/Celti… A celtic warrior, especially a queen, would be wearing chain mail into battle. The celts had access to this technology before even the Romans. One of the reasons why the Romans bemoaned the celts as a threat for 300 years, but could never destroy them, was because they were brilliant weapons technicians; with resources that, during the first sack of Rome by Brenus, more than outstripped the Roman battery. It's only a common misconception that they all went into battle bunk ass naked. Obviously a culture that did this wouldn't be able to conquer or settle the majority of a continent, spanning from Ireland to Turkey. The Gallic celts settled into the UK around the 3rd century BC or so. They would have known about chain mail, they would have had chain mail. 

 The nudity myth, in the UK, is perpetuated by classic depictions of the Picts, who were celtic but not Gallic celts from Gaul. They came from a germanic tribe before the Gallic celts to the UK, but they came (I believe) from the Danube area and era; or thereabouts. The Picts are Celts but Boudicca (if this is her) wasn't Pictish. She came from the Iceni people.  I can't tell if this is just supposed to be a sexy barbarian thing or a historical depiction of a specific warrior in full regalia. Either way it's a nice picture, but in case it was the former I'd thought you'd like some facts for your future projects. 
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Gurdim Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
probably, more widely, the classical nudist warrior (eheh xD) stereotype is given by the Gesates, a gallic population whose warriors were famous for fighting naked.
or rather: probably like the Galatians, the Gesates were a chaste-people, to be clear (sorry my poor skill in explaining xD) like the fabled viking Jomsvikingarrs. This guys were a elite of "sacred-warriors" who went in battle wearing just the torque and the metal belt with the scabbard, to beseech the ideal of the "good death": the nudity was a proof of divine favour and a way to make a sacrifice out of their own possible death... more than a "divine protection" intended like a holy armor, it was like "i go in battle and risk everything fighting as mom made me, as long as nothing hits me to death means it wasn't my time, when and if i hit the bucket, it means the Fate is calling me". 
working quite often as mercenaries (like lots of other peoples at the times to be honest ^^) they were respected and actually feared in all Europe and for a bit out of it too (their fame held up for a lot of time, even if they had really bad experiences against the romans, i.e. they got beaten like sacks...). Now... i don't find the source on the net, or on wikias... it was in some ancient historian chronicle... i had read the history of one of the most forgettable battles for them (that were Clastidium and Talamone), and in one of em the Gesates king dies in a very ... not quite epic way... and i remember that it's said that he was wearing and complete armor, and a quite costy too (if i remember good, probably even a bronze muscolata with all the other stuffs at their place, so something really for rich guys xD) ... very probably, even among them Gesates not everyone were naked in battle, or maybe not every time

btw it's surely true about the pictish, i remember i've read something, about their nudity in battle and the use of painting their bodies... there are some of-course-not-precise but suggestive pics from the XIX century, that im sure (bonus easter egg wooooH!) inspired a warrior at the beginning of Conan the Barbarian's movie :D
actually, but i can be wrong eh, today the name and uses of the pictish are being debated once more, for example many now thinks that the name isnt from the habit of painting their bodies in battle, but derived from some other word... but i must be honest, i haven't still seen enough to be sure when i tell it... :)
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I was a bit inspired by Boudicca, but it was not my intention to depict her. I think that Boudicca would have been much fiercer than that. (Maybe someday I will really depict her, I don't know)
I've read in a book that the only known Celts who fought naked were a specific Gallic tribe known as Gaesatae, and they lived in the Alps. I've depicted her with insular Celtic jewelry instead of Gallic jewelry as an artistic license.
I believe that the Picts were of Pre-Indo-Europen origin (being influenced by the Celts later).
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:icongurdim:
Gurdim Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
damn sorry i made all the excursus about the gesatae and you had already said it xD
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:iconcodyrush:
codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Filmographer
 I figured. (Everyone always is. Hell, they even mention Boudicca in 'Archer'.) When you study celtic history long enough you're bound to hear about Boudicca; she's kind of a meme. But I'd love to see your rendition of her. She was an exceptional woman and warrior.

 Well, so long as you know what you're doing. Personally, as someone who just chalks up their inclusion of foreign jewelry to trade and family heirlooms in my own  writing, I can't complain. My argument is 'If it's reasonable, it's legit.' when it comes to things like that. I include Insular and Gallic jewelry in my own epic, because I just want to show celtic art in general. The point, to me, is visual literacy; it's about exposing people to that art at all.  Of course, I substantiate it historically. The story takes place in an alternative history, where Ireland's was never conquered by the Norse or monopolized by Catholicism. Instead they collaborated with the norse, gaining their long ships and ulfberht steel (Ulfberht is an actual smith in this continuity) and became major traders. To preserve their pagan heritage, while uniting the High kingdoms under one divine ruler, they borrowed from Catholic mysticism (just like the Catholics borrowed from them) and turned Eire into a Holy Trinity (a maiden, mother and crone) with the High King as the holy isle's Godspouse, wed ceremoniously at the Hill of Tara. This is based on the ancient tradition of plunging a sword into the ground to represent the king "marrying" himself (personified by the man-made blade) with the goddess, the island. (This is where 'The Sword and the Stone mythology' comes from. It's a very ancient practice in Celtic culture.)
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Gurdim Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
ah, that's really interesting, i didn't know about a previous tradition of plunging a sword in the ground, i only remembered the "weapon sacrifice" to rivers or lakes, thanks a lot :D there was a peculiar theory, or rather a idea of theory, that said that the sword-in-stone part of the King Arthur legend was mentioned quite lately in the middle age, and with some curious geographical bounce, that particular was inspired by the sword in the stone of St Galgano :O
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codyrush Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Filmographer
Holy stones are very much a Celtic institution. The Stone of Scone (pronouned "scoon", I believe) is one example. Whosoever possessed the stone was rightful king of all Scotland, so, to thumb their noses at the Scots, the Brits nicked it and stuck it under St. Edward's chair. They eventually gave back the stone after Scotland's independence...in the 70's. Besides the stone of Scone, there's also newgrange and the Hill of Tara: whosoever touched the stone atop the Hill of Tara would be proclaimed by the stone itself High King of all Eire. 

 Catholicism lifted most of it Arthurian mythology from pre-existing Celtic traditions and legends. The White Stag Sir Bors encounters is a variation of the White Stag of Tirnanog; it's a psychopomp of the Other World and a sign someone has or is in danger of committing a taboo. 
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RaynalJacquemin Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Es Boudicca no?
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
inspirada en Boudica, pero he decidido no ponerle nombre, de modo que también podria ser otra persona.
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RaynalJacquemin Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Ah vale!
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:iconequeto:
Equeto Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist
Excelent!
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
gracias!
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:iconequeto:
Equeto Featured By Owner Edited Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist
De nada;) (Wink) ! Quizás deberías plantearte hacer una colección de deibujos de reinas guerreras de la Antigüedad (Boudicca, Semíramis, Nefertiti, Candace, Zenobia, etc. )
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Tambien tengo la intención de hacer una reina o mujer del antiguo Egipto si tengo tiempo (con serpientes. Ya encontraré el modo de meterlas por allí).
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Equeto Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist
¿Quizás cubriéndola como su única ropa jajaja?

En cualquier caso quizás podrías representar a alguna reina de Egipto menos concocida a diferencia de Cleopatra o Hatshepsup como la pérfica Arsinoe Beta la hermana y esposa de Ptolomeo II (famosa por su uso de venenos para sus truculentos crímenes.)
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No pretendia representar a ningún personaje real en concreto, porqué mis conocimientos del antiguo egipto son bastante escasos jajajaj
Además, la época ptolemaica todavia la conozco menos
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty cool! I've noticed that almost all the females you do are redheads;)? I believe the Picts were described by the viking age Scandinavians as a short, dark, feeble, and ugly people that hid in holes in the ground :D It's also somewhat debated whether they committed genocide on them or not...
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well, I painted something like this in the past (redhead woman with blue tattoos), but this one is a remake. I didn't like the old one, so, I painted it again with changes.

Furthermore, I didn't intend to do a Pict. According to Julius Caesar, the celts he faced in Southern Britain also used to have blue tattoos.

Anyway, I'm glad you like it :)
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha that's hilarious because i could have sworn i read pict :D Pict or no Pict, still very good! Also the thing about redheads wasn't critic just a observation :)
By the way you haven't done that Cuman warrior you talked about yet?
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:iconjfoliveras:
JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, don't worry, I'm okay XD

And I know, I know :l  when i did the Avar, I was between it and a Cuman, but I have no time and lots of work, so, the avar won.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well then i shall await the Cuman for a while longer :)
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
But I have some cool ideas in mind. Do you like Franks from the Carolingian period? Or Attila? (I've already done Attila, but I never get tired of this guy and his Altaic badassness)
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah the Franks are cool. I can't say that i've ever been fascinated with the Huns, that period as a whole has never tickled my interest. My historical interest lies in the viking age, the 17th century and early 18th century predominantly.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yeah, the vikings are fun.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
Then check out Lars Brownsworth book, 'The Sea Wolves'. Fantastic read. Real 'Game of Thrones' type stuff, especially how Queen Olga, the first monarch of the Rus, dealt with the petty kingdom that murdered her husband. 

 
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Then, you must know Roland. I would like to draw him with his battle horn.

The viking age and the early middle ages are also my favorite period. Not only the vikings, but also the peoples they met during their expansion: saxons, franks, slavs, abbasids, umayyads, nomadic peoples...

The fall of Rome and the migration period also interests me. In fact, the fall of Rome leads to the early middle ages, so, everything is connected.
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Rerses12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Very good .
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thanks
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Maxxerek Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Her necklace looks amazingly detailed
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
I used a real celtic neckring (or torc) as a reference: www.eccentricbliss.com/wp-cont…
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Maxxerek Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
Damn this looks so authentic, really good job on that one.
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I always like to put real historical objects in my paintings
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Cederien Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Very nice, love her  umh eyes. ;)  The right arm looks a bit odd though, kinda short and the hand is very mall.
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JFoliveras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is because of the perspective xD

Thank you!!
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