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THE ITALIAN PLAGUE DOCTOR
Historical Fiction II
The Italian Plague Doctor
Coming out of the East, the Black Death reached the shores of Italy in the spring of 1348 unleashing a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. By the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe's population had fallen victim to the pestilence.
--Eyewitness to History (www.eyewitnesstohistory.com)
“My name is Gabriella. My father was a doctor, and I learned from him how to treat various maladies and to set bones and which herbs and mixtures and such would treat this illness or that.
“My father, he died two months ago from the Black Death. I did not know what to do, so I donned his mask, gown, his boots and stick and gloves, and try to care for those I can.
“I try to help. But they die anyway. So many. I bring the flowers and perfumes, the hot drinks, the blessed artifacts, leeches – I even smoke like a man now to ward the Death away from me! The laxatives do not seem to work, and I hate covering the poor souls in mercury and placing them in ovens to burn the disease out. They scream so….
“May god have mercy on our souls, for I do not believe anyone shall survive…”
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2008
The way the deadline works: if deadline is on a Sunday and your image is posted on that Sunday 23:59 your local time it's a good entry.
In fact - as long there is Sunday somewhere on the planet your entry is ok. I will make the poll sometimes Monday evening my time (GMT - 8 ) yet I'll have a look at the last entries.
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About quality - as general rule: if your shapes and values are not decent - you are out. Watch proportions, perspective etc. we need perfectly readable shapes and coherent, consistent values.
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Last edited by S.C. Watson; January 16th, 2008 at 01:27 AM.
great topic Oregano. Just for clarification, are we to draw her wearing the mask, boots, gloves outfit of our own design or the character as she would appear unmasked?
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Aye looks awesome...havent entered in awhile so why not aye?
MAybe coz i wont b able to finish it in time but the concept has got me excited and i need an excuse to sketchy sketchy.
The awesome mask/gown ensemble came from the 17th century and not Gabriella's 14th. So my stupid question: Use it anyway? Use it as inspiration? Is this challenge more "Historical" or more "Fiction"?
Also of note: There were female doctors in Italy like the impressive Trotula of Salerno.
Last edited by S.C. Watson; January 15th, 2008 at 12:16 AM.
they scare the shit out of me too o.O
I've been so absent on this site lately >.> maybe ill be able to whip up some sketches and get something finished in time (although that depends if i get my new computer or not...im currently on a loaner and without means of digital art :|)
Man I really hope I can get time to do this, it sounds really interesting. I feel like a dummy for not know about these plague doctors before. In case anyone was wondering about the mask:
"medico della peste" (plague doctor), used only in for urgency (i.g. plague) the long nose contained filter prepared with salts and aromatic plants: rosemary, garlic, juniper. In secondary moment, this mask has been used as spell meanings."
History of Women in Healing
Many articles state that female doctors were available in the Middle Ages up until schools were established and females were not allowed to join (in most countries...Uni of Bologna had a femme professor). Then the church got in on the fun and decided that women healing without licenses were witches. That was around-abouts the time of the plague doctor get-up, though.
I did not intend to read this much. Damn you History for being so interesting!
hmm, I wounder if they ever got together at the weekends for a masquerade-ball?
heres my poop in progress. Perspective is a bit wonky. If anyone has crits or suggestion it'd be much appreciated, thanks
"I hate covering the poor souls in mercury and placing them in ovens to burn the disease out. They scream so…." Talk about kick em while there down!
Now i have two CHOW's to play with
I wish i wasnt so ill, and i wish Final Fantasy Tactic's was a little less addictive
Thanks for setting me straight there. I'll adjust the brief accordingly
Last edited by S.C. Watson; January 15th, 2008 at 10:16 AM.
Definitely in for this one! Gotta get back on the CHoW down horse.
Well sketched and added a lil more detail during sketching then expected but u get that sometimes i spose.
Not really happy with any of these but im sure i would be if i had time to render one of them out fully. If i could do that with a design it would probly be Miss Red Gloves - probly evolve her a lil more too.
But as it is i dont really have time coz i got other pieces to work on and i gota focus more on studying render techniques, so this is as far as i go.
Had as much fun as i did frustration making them all.
More of a casual contemporary kinda look
She's not fooling nobody once she offers a hand, her man disguise dissapears for obvious reasons. Chastity belt was a present from her dad.
time has taken its toll, stuck in perpetual anguishing aid - uhh is 'anguishing' a word?
The only salvation from black death, given only by the Mistress of black death herself - The floaty muscly scary black chick
My idea is that the girl finds out that she's infected and just gives up.
Kinda matrix looking right now, don't know if it's good or bad. Comments and crits are welcomed.
shi_nuff: I think the first two sketches are hilarious, but the third one is pobably the most fitting to the topic.
Hey guys, this is my first CHOW, and it sounds like a lot to fun!
Playing around with a sketch, i'll work the mask in there somewhere. crits and suggestions are welcome
Ah crap...this topic is too cool...can't resist...arghhhh...
okay I think I'm in on this one.
er... scratch that...no time now.......I just can't do it captain... *blows up*
Last edited by Trashy; January 19th, 2008 at 03:55 PM.
Can we make a scene around the character to help explain things or is that cheating?
Oki so Im a bit confused as well... I thought this lady took her fathers job and is hiding the fact that she is Female.... Most of these looks like schoolgirls in modern cute-gothic cloathing. And on top of that, they try and look cute, Shes miserable damn it! And she is wearing her dads clothes (male clothing) My advise is get new ides, Im tired of the manga goth wave! Im just saying that I wouldnt wote for such characters.
Chape up damn it!
All the best people!
Last edited by B-Man; January 16th, 2008 at 08:10 AM.
Flomaster - Impressively fast work, and a very nice render, but do be aware you aren't following the rule, we need to see 3/4 of the character for this to be a valid CHOW entry. You have some time to go fix that.