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RA: False Queen of Hearts by sadwonderland RA: False Queen of Hearts by sadwonderland
In the Ringmaster series, I had the idea that any Wonderland inhabitant who would not cooperate with Alice for her carnival/sideshow would be imprisoned or killed, and then replaced with an ordinary actor from the real world. When the Queen of Hearts resists Alice and goes underground, Alice must find a replacement actress for her, since in our world Lewis Carroll's book has become famous and all the people who visit Wonderland to see these characters will expect to see every one from the book.

Alice's disregard for the feelings of the Wonderlanders by replacing their queen with a false one, and a common actress at that, is something that helps to push them over the edge of rebellion (in Victorian times, most actresses were not highly regarded as respectable people, and in fact a lot of them were prostitutes...it's one of the strange dichotomies of thought that they could rapturously review an actress' performance, yet not want to be caught dead talking to her on the street).

I decided the false queen should be made up in a way that would appeal to Victorians. Japonisme was popular around that time, as Victorians loved the demure attitude and "proper" subjugation of the ideal japanese woman in art and avidly collected japanese art and pottery.

There too was the fascination of other, stranger cultures which at the time not a lot of people were exposed to, something like we would expect to feel after being introduced to people from Neptune or something. The difference being that Victorians were so eurocentric that they would project their own culture onto others, or would have a morbid fascination with "primitive" cultures that could validate their idea that the English were clearly the smartest and most civilized.

Thus the false queen has a japanese influence, but is mixed together with a european design, making it both foreign and interesting to Victorians, but also just on this side of morally acceptable to look at.

I imagine Victorians looking at another culture the way we might look in fascination at an enormous bug in a jar. Because it's just SO bizarre and offputting, yet since we've never seen the like of it, we can't look away.
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Aerrowgirl56 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Marty.... Marty Marty Marty! Good god. Can your art get any PRETTIER?! holy freaking crow! so gorgeous! i now feel like celebrating! :balloons:
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onyaneese Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible design ...I love the flow of the Queen...perfect and what wonderful commentary. The amount of thought behind her is awe inspiring.
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CruelDreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
I love your artistic flair and the detail you write into your descriptions, it's really admirable and enjoyable to read. Haha I now aspire to be like you :XD:
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shirabara Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
it's an interesting concept i have certainly not seen before!
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OpheliaRosenblut Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her dress!! It's so perfect.
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great concept!
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thesorrowsdeath Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
i was just wondering what do you use for all your work??? Just cause it rocks:P
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GerryIsNear Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
You are talking about a different book, but this is evil Redd Heart from The Looking Glass Wars to me.
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Never read it, sorry :)
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Clemmie Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
That's so cool. I really love the colouring!
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psychodelicpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
The hair looks really cool! :O What did you use to make the white lines?
I've tried using white-out and well... x.x That just does NOT work.
Then I tried using white paint and a thin brush, but that did not keep the lines thin like I wished. >_<
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
I just draw the lines in with pen, then I carefully ink all the way up til just near each line and leave a small strip of white along each one. :)
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007   Digital Artist
lol the 80s had a bout of japanesque style too.
how do you know so much about the victorian era?
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
I learned it at school! XD
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ApocalypticReignbow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
very pretty!
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Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Japonisme huh?... that explains one chapter in Kaori Yuki's Godchild... XD
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dorkanese Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
No kidding. Still a good story.

I like the simplicity of the design, and her hair is well drawn.
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Tacti Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007   Writer
Wow, I love the blend of two cultures in the dress! Were there actresses? I thought it would be a LONG time until females were allowed onstage. Unless of course, we're talking about a different stage. :XD:
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Tacti Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007   Writer
Ah, I see.

Yes, "acting." :XD:

Though Victorians had the benefit of not waking up to thousands of cameras (photography, filming and maybe even on cell phones!) outside your door, just because you're dating a prince. :O_o:
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
No I'm talking bout the english stage, not the japanese one. of course no japanese woman could get an acting job in her own country at that time, but if she was Chinese and born to an immigrant family in London she might have easily gotten an "acting" job as a japanese actress in victorian times. they really couldn't tell the difference.

heh. "acting."
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yesicanfly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007   Photographer
ooh la la! =D
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Kaerou13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Quite beautiful indeed!

*looks at twizlers*
I wonder if the Queen of Hearts enjoys eating twizlers....
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Tora-Chan350 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Wow, you put alot of thought into this. I enjoyed reading through all the comments. ^^
"and in fact a lot of them were prostitutes"
Not much has changed, eh?
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
*snorts* AHAHAHAHA. XD
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hokuto Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Damn, I LOVE her hair. o.o She's really lovely, even if she is a false queen.
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tigereyeY3K Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Love that hair. :heart:
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VanillaHigh Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
a lovely design as always :)
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nekonezume Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, really neat idea :D. I LOVE her outfit. <3
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gigglypumpkins21 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Beautifully done!


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TheAngelofHavoc Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
This series intrigues me. I love the character designs. I love the look of this one. Great job!

You should publish these stories. I would buy the books in a clock tick!
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twisted03 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Oh this is brilliant. Really, I adore this one.
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Cheye89 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Oh it's so pretty ^.^ the colouring is so smooth, I love it.
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rainbowangst101 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is really ingenius. The whole idea. Thankyou for the extra background in the description, its fascinating. :D
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Duplica Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
lovely :heart:
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H-Johanna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, I've been enjoying you Ringmaster Alice series a lot. They're very well thought of and lovely accurate design. Please keep continueing this, you're doing us all so big a favour putting your work online.
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czaren Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
wow, that red dress is really pretty. :nod:
:love: i love her pose, too! :D

great work!:clap:
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Saviee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colors^^
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