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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'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:
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.
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:
shirabara Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
it's an interesting concept i have certainly not seen before!
OpheliaRosenblut Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her dress!! It's so perfect.
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great concept!
thesorrowsdeath Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
i was just wondering what do you use for all your work??? Just cause it rocks:P
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.
sadwonderland Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Never read it, sorry :)
Clemmie Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
That's so cool. I really love the colouring!
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