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The Three Ladies slay the serpent.
Act I of Mozart's opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Sketchbook spread
Pencil, 2003.

Apologies for the quality (and please note this is from a few years ago).

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~Please pardon the recent surge of deviations. I thought I'd try getting a few in before I have to take another period of abstention from dA in favour of work again very soon.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   General Artist
Fascinating usually one might see men and or knights slaying something like this such as dragon serpent thing. I am familiar with the Magic Flute, be it however the version I am familiar with (modern retelling) was the first act opening scene pretty much and Tamino going up against a dragon. The change being in this case that these three lades were more portrayed as like magical faeries stuck in the service of the queen of the night, but alas that is just one from the original concept by Mozart. I like the image itself and the way you dew the serpent and the way these ladies, which brings to the modern term, girl power. :) :thumbsup:
Also I think is a lovely sketch work even if it is an old piece by your standards, I still like it, as kt is a new image to my eyes.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
girl power! great drawing!
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procul-harunc Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
this is even better than the queen-of-the-night-thing.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an amazing dragon - and three very belligerent ladies! These ones certainly can do more than sing!
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fegie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Ahhh, so amazing. I have never even heard of this opera (but then again, i haven't heard of many, if any, operas), but this definitely piques my interest. :)
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Isobel82 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Sieh an, ein deutscher Titel :)
You are a fan of Mozart, aren't you? I love your delicate handwriting and the outlining of your sketches. I wish I could watch you work, there'd be things to learn for me for sure. Seems like you found your style a while ago, if this is a few years old. I'm, as usual, impressed.
:)
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Galuna Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
i love this one.all the series of this kind is wonderful. nice job.
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zaulia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Ok, I'll join the army of the others - oh poor serpent :giggle:
Now, what else - the gown of the Lady in the first plan - most beatiful folds... I like the type of serpent, too. You could've gone more lizard, more dragon, more.. else. Still, this one is just perfect for Mozart.
Very dinamic, that's what I like ;)
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PercytheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
I love your style -it reminds me a lot of illustrations and drawings from old books. And let me just say this is one battle I would like to witness!
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Sunhorde Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
I love how the flow of the serpent's body is reflected in the women's clothing. Never has violence looked so gorgeous. ;)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you.
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:iconffa:
FFA Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
awwwww, they're such cuddly creatures, dragons.
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:iconmafeo:
Mafeo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
Please do not apologize for the quality, for it is at a level that I'm struggling to achieve. To me it's a wonder of movement and details that must be studied. :)

Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, sorry, I meant the quality of the scan. My miraculous scanner is usually most... um... miraculous - but it seemed to have tripped a bit with this. It could be because it's a thick sketchbook. I'm actually not unhappy with this one myself.

Thank you.:)
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:iconutao:
Utao Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Student General Artist
You have exceptional drawing and calligraphic skills:) Your style brings me back to the one hundred years old fairy tale books:)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You know that I'm going to use the "Er ist befreit durch unsres Armes Tapferkein!" as quote at the beginning of my thesis? ;)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahaha! :XD:
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:iconnaturalshocks:
naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's feminism at its worst. :lmao: Oh that poor creature. :(

Again, your detailwork is amazing and I just can't get enough of these 18th century gowns. :drool: Well done! :heart:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:XD: I feel a little sorry for the serpent, too. I have to make myself believe that it was wicked and trying to kill Tamino...

Thank you so much. :thanks:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: You're very welcome. :hug:
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
We can never see enough of your work :D (as I keep saying :giggle:) This is another wonderful piece, very dynamic, to use one of my favourite words :D
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
dear - how can you *apologize* for posting your work???

:giggle:

you silly :)

:hug:

it's very very beautiful :)
thank you for sharing dear :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:blushes: I'm just a little afraid I'm annoying some people with what might amount to a kind of 'spam'. :giggle:

Thank you. :hug:
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
oh dear :)
i wish there was more of that kind of "spam" :)

:hug:

i was showing some of your works to my love, and he was like omg but why... why is he apologizing???????

so you see, it's not just me :)
(and i'm sure :iconmafeo: will back me up with it, as will pretty much the rest of the folks here :))
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw... :blushes: They are not bad in themselves, of course. But perhaps too many at once might be a little tiresome.

But thank you so much. :hug:
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
not to us!!!

:hug:
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Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
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Oh my god, I really, really like the way you draw. You should do more opera illustrations :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I shall try. :salute:
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:iconcluisanna:
Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
:giggle: Yes, please
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:iconjacobea:
Jacobea Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I feel sorry for that dragon/snake monster, but you've drawn it's pained expression very well :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel a little sorry for it, too. :giggle:

Thank you.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
One day we would meet and I would beg to thumb through all your moleskins. Again, superb work.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, hehe, thank you.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
^_^
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Too fantastic.. Love the wyvern. Went to the zoo yesterday, tried to draw reptiles so i can draw dragons... Took lots photos too, now into photography too..
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Sariei Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
the movements of the dresses are fantastic.
I like a lot that you can't see the eyes of the ladys.
But i don't remember if it's like that designated by mozart himself.
But i'm sure that i like your costumes more that the ones in my version of the flute.
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Beautiful sense of motion, though violent.
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Oh dear, rather more violence than I'm used to seeing from you! :D The contrast between the ladies' frilly dresses and their vicious stances is rather amusing. Hehe, I'm so glad I got to see this opera, it was wonderful. :D

Just curious, how many languages do you speak? If you don't have time to answer, don't bother. :-)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Not many at all. I speak Thai, the Muang dialect of northern Thailand (where I'm from), and English. Most unimpressive.:giggle: I know a few words in French, Italian and German (and I do mean a very few words), which many people do at any rate, and is entirely unremarkable. :lol:
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
The reason I asked is that you use quotes in other languages so often. I was curious. Hehe, well, many other things about you are very, very remarkable. :D I take it that English is your second language; I must say you speak it with far more eloquence than many who've been speaking it all their lives.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I love languages. :D And I'd love to be able to speak all those I mentioned (and more would be wonderful =P). Though Heaven knows how I'm going to find time to learn them. The sad truth will probably be that I don't manage to at all. And of course it gets more and more difficult the older you become...
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Hehehe, I know what you mean completely. I love languages too. My first language is Russian, and I've been living in an anglophone country since I was 10, so by now English comes naturally too. I know just enough French to pass for fluent, but I'm nowhere near the same level as with English... And I just started learning Italian(so I could go to Italy and gaze upon beautiful art, of course! :giggle: And understand operas) and so far it seems quite easy, because the grammar is extremely similar to French and it's wonderfully phonetic. Hehe, I decided I also need to learn German (in opera music it sounds awesome and Romanticism originated from German literature) and one Asian language before I die. And Spanish would be nice... :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't believe it, even our language preferences are the same. :D I too first came to London when I was about 10. I studied French at school, but at one point, we had an unfortunately none-too-inspirational teacher, and I've long since forgotten much of what I leaned besides. I'd dearly love to be fluent in it. And I need hardly explain about Italian and German, now that you've given the reasons. ;) Spanish would be very nice, though admittedly, it was never among the top of my list.

I think I should like to be able to speak Czech too. That's about as Slavic as I'd dare, I think. :XD:
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Hehe, you and I do seem to have crazily similar tastes in many ways. I wish we could converse in person! (Though I doubt you'd think much of me, and your great erudition makes me ashamed of my ignorance...)

Spanish isn't at the top of my list either, as you can see, though it's probably the most practical foreign language to know nowadays... But it would be nice to be able to visit South America, I imagine the nature there must be gorgeous. (One of the things I wanted to be when I was younger is a rainforest explorer :-) ) Just curious, why Czech? It seems a bit obscure, that's all.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You are so very far from being ignorant, Katira (in fact, you're very well-informed indeed compared with too many young persons nowadays {listen to me, don't I sound ancient? :LOL:}), and I am so very far from being erudite. :giggle:

A very dear friend of mine is Czech (and so was Mucha, you know! :D) - plus of course, there are the operas of Dvorak. ;) :D
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :omg:
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AzeFish Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful rending and classical technique...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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Luscus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Now that's how it ought to be done...I keep thinking of the hilarious creature in the Ingmar Bergman film. But now I feel bad for the poor serpent. :(

That being said, I love how the ribbons on the spears rather anticipate & mingle with the blood. Is there a reason why the ladies' eyes are obscured by their headdresses?
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