Don't tell me women are not the stuff of heroes,
I alone rode over the East Sea's winds for ten thousand leagues.
My poetic thoughts ever expand, like a sail between ocean and heaven.
I dreamed of your three islands, all gems, all dazzling with moonlight.
I grieve to think of the bronze camels, guardians of China, lost in thorns.
Ashamed, I have done nothing; not one victory to my name.
I simply make my war horse sweat. Grieving over my native land
hurts my heart. So tell me; how can I spend these days here?
A guest enjoying your spring winds?
Poem by Qiu Jin. Translated by Zachary Jean Chartkoff.
Qiu Jin(1875-1907) was a Chinese revolutionary, feminist and writer. During her life she spoke out for women's rights, such as the freedom to marry, freedom of education, and the ending of the practice of foot binding. She was the head of the Datong school in Shaoxing. This school was officially used for the education of sport teachers, but was in secret a school for the military training of revolutionaries. After a failed uprising in 1907 against the Qing Dynasty she was caught and executed.
The task is to draw/paint Qiu Jin. Keep in mind the historical context. You are allowed to draw just the character but of course if you feel like going more illustrative (put her in a setting) I'm not going to stop you.
Sunday 29 June at midnight(gmt).
Don't forget to crit each other and help each other out. I accept both traditional and digital work, but make sure that scans and photos of traditional work are crisp and clean.
So I put the lines on multiply and put some colors underneath, then started rendering on top. Any suggestions for the face and body anatomy would be awesome, it's something that I have trouble with all the time.
I'm not going to post my work here because it's almost complete, anyway if I can say something about your drawing it's that her calves seem too much big (IMHO) for a female figure. See you at the finals.
Hey man, always post your work here even if it's almost finished. There's no reason not to, and you'll always miss flaws in your own work. (which is why I participate in these challenges in the first place) It's not a competition...
On the calves; you're absolutely right, I'll fix them. Thanks!
Hi beautiful artists of CA! This is my first teen challenge as well as CA post XD I lurk loads.(I'm 15; eligible)
I'm just going to post one WIP for now, and some others later.
I swear I really wish Qiu Jin was japanese so I can paint the red circle thing.
Many more changes to come, I'll probably illustrate books and school things in the background. Maybe even some veils. I'm very ambitious woops XD
Correct thread now~
Last edited by Arteriorrhexis; June 24th, 2014 at 07:27 PM.
You're ambitious, don't let it discourage you
I like your entry so far. As far as feedback goes; the neck is very thick, and her eyes and brows seem to be asymetrical. Not impossible, but not great-looking either. Also, the shape of her hairdo is weird I think. Overall a strong start, the head looks pretty ok and I like the clothes.
nice to see this place is still active, it's been a while since I've visited. Right now I still can't compete with you guys just yet. :/ still freelancing with this person, so yeah got my hands busy but wish you guys have fun doing these contests.
Last edited by Aotix; June 27th, 2014 at 04:56 AM.