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Maori Pirate Princess by ArtByNath Maori Pirate Princess by ArtByNath
Her background story:
Abducted from her family and tribe at a very young age and forced to slavery by the corporate West, the young Maori girl soon fled, and was picked up by a group of pirates in search of a new youngster to boss around the ship.
With no possible way of returning to her home, she stayed with the pirates, slowly working her way up the hierarchy in the hope that one day she would have the opportunity to take her revenge on the greedy West and return to her family.

Media: Photoshop. April 2014.
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:iconequus1007:
equus1007 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
She's amazing! What happened to her eye? P-)
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Some kind of minor explosion—maybe from a gun backfiring during a raid. :)
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ClaytoneCarpe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Writer
Son expression est troublante. Très beau travail. ^^
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup! :)
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grey-array Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Nathascha, found this image a while back as I was looking for inspirational footage for new characters for my Dungeons and Dragons campaign as I am a DM running a completely self designed world.
Amazing artwork, I think she might just make one of the most interesting characters yet. Did a wide background in which she isnt a pirate perse but love her energy. She might be the most dangerous and in the same time most helpfull character they might ever encounter. Cant wait to reveal her to my players

Thank you for the amazing inspiration!
ps dang it took some googling to find out who made it though ^^
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Ruud, sorry for the very late answer. I don't check Deviantart often enough these days. But thank you very much for your comment and for taking the time to seek me out! I'm curious to know where you originally stumbled upon my image?

Thanks again and I hope you had a fun time! :)
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Luth134n Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I've composed an orchestral piece and was wondering if I could use this amazing piece of art for the cover page of the score. If not, that's fine too, but I thought it best to get permission first haha. 
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Lydia, thanks for reaching out. I wrote you an email. :)
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PhotosCrystalJones Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid !!!
I love it.
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconthrough-the-movies:
Through-the-movies Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Really awesome work with your pirate Princess ;) 
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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lanceeugene Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Hmmm.... She looks like she was kidnapped and forced to work a pirate ship or something... working her way up the ladder, has been through a couple of battles. The eyes are too captivating... and she looks too realistic. :) OK Those are my criticisms! ;) Wow... you did a fantastic job - would love to see a full body of her (as someone said below). You have mad talent!
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe. Thanks a lot! You're too kind! :) I'm actually working on a new piratey piece at the moment that will be more than just a bust/portrait — with different characters, though. Hopefully you'll find that interesting too. :)
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:iconlanceeugene:
lanceeugene Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Think a lot of people who watch you would be interested in seeing a WIP piece of that. :)
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Well, then I'd better deliver. :) I'm documenting the steps as I go along so that I can share the journey once it's done. :)
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:iconi-am-a-flying-bird:
I-Am-A-Flying-Bird Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful portrait
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconaroco:
Aroco Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconaroco:
Aroco Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconashanalian:
ashanalian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
This is really breathtaking.. fantastic work.
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Maui-Empire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work. As an illustrator of Maori descent I resonate with this uncommon portrayal of the people of this place. You've stemmed inspiration for me and my work. I appreciate it:superSayain: .
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very honoured to hear that! :) Means a lot! Thanks for your lovely comment.
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Maui-Empire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
And thank you for your lovely work. Take careLuffy OP Icon 2 
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You too! :)
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:iconakium:
Akium Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome details :D keep it up
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I certainly will! :)
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twilight-girl22 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow its very well done!!! 😱 I love it, its so realistic!!!
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so very much! Glad you appreciate it! :)
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twilight-girl22 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nothing, you're welcome! 😄
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chaos-walking59 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks awesome :) Tho I would like to confirm that there is no real history with Maori's being pirates. The Maroi lived peacefully in New Zealand for a few centuries before the English arrived. Maroi did come from Polynesian countries in canoes. When the English arrived, the two groups managed to come to an agreement and signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 but then the English broke the agreement and then things happened and it's a very long and boring history that involves a lot of politics that we had to learn at school.
But aside from that, this work looks fantastic and also thats the great thing about art, you can do whatever you want with it. :)
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe. I'm sorry you had to dig into your school memoirs, but thanks for clearing that up. It's great to know the real history—even if you're going to bend the facts a little. So I appreciate that! :)
And thanks very much for your kind words too! :)
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cemac Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
I have included this amazing artwork in the new feature for December 2014 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights:
journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members will see your art, and thank you for being a member :heart:
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks so much! <3 I'll definitely make sure to fav it! :)
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cemac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
My pleasure to feature you art :heart:
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i really love the dramatic lighting and shadows
also, great detail with the scar
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Why, thanks so much! The scar was particularly tricky as it was new terrain for me so I'm glad to hear you like it! :)
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure, fellow deviant
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SarahDuff Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's more than such an adorable artwork ! Cute Emoticon Blushing love it! :lovely: 
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks so much! Really appreciate it! Hug 
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SarahDuff Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're so welcome :hug: :heart:
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Very cool interpretation! Will you provide a full body portrait, too?
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! And thanks for adding it to your collection! :)
At this point it's just a series of head portraits. But I won't rule out doing a full body study later on as she's a very interesting character. :)
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
You're welcome! :-)

She is definitely an eyecatcher and a subject that makes me curious. Is there a real Maori Pirate tradition or did you combine the subjects due to the interesting mix?
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:iconartbynath:
ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's great to hear! :) Actually I don't know. I researched it, but couldn't seem to find anything that implies that there's a tradition of piracy amongst the Maori people. If you find out, I'd love to know!
And to be honest I just have a great interest in both subjects so I thought a combination of the two would be very interesting, yes. :)
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I could not find any proof of a Maori piracy tradition, either. Although they seem at least to have a seafarer tradition, coming from other Polynesian islands to New Zealand by boat. I also read that that some of them hired on ships after the Europeans discovered NZ. So at least it is possible that some Maori warrioress or princess might have become a pirate for any reason. ;-) 
By the way, both are very cool subjects to be combined. What made you interested in them?
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ArtByNath Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's about as much as I could dig up as well. :)
Well, piracy is an interesting subject in itself. Maori culture I became interested in due to a great interest in New Zealand (due to the Lord of the Rings :D ). And also, I've always had a love for indigenous peoples and tribes. There's something about them living in harmony with their surroundings, their rituals, religions and spiritualism, and the creative way they express themselves with fashion and body mods that appeal to me. :)
How about you? What got you interested in pirates?
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Well, my older brother had a lot of pirate books and comics when we grew up. I loved to read them all, too. I guess I have always been a kind of tomboy then. I was curious to read about all the adventures and fightings. Later I also read about the pirates' society which usually was by far more social than the tyranny of kings, aristocrats and the church at that time. And I was really excited when I first heard of female pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Read. I think all this has deeply impressed me, leaving a mark for all times. And indeed, I am still a rebel soul... :ahoy:
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