Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
HWS Women Pirates - Dahlia of Caribbean Sea by Gambargin HWS Women Pirates - Dahlia of Caribbean Sea by Gambargin
HWS Women Pirates is a spin-off of the current Historically Wrong Sketch Project: Blood and Steel, with the aim to portray the different types of Women Pirates in the 17th century era, albeit perhaps with lots of stylization and anachronism Women Pirates of Project Blood and Steel (Concept) by Gambargin. Nevertheless, hopefully this will increase the awareness of people about the many pirates that ruled the sea during their golden age, from America, Erope to Asia.

Dance to the tunes of the Caribbean Pirates! - www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUYfql…

The second drawing for the Women Pirates in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series, she is based on the Golden age of Piracy that most people are well known of, the Buccaneers of the Caribbean Sea, both in the 17th and the 18th century. There are many discussions as to how it all started, but it can be agreed that the buccaneering activities was directly related to the Wars that plagued many European nations in the 17th Century. Caribbean and America at that time was colonized by the Spanish, as well as few dutch, french and english settlements. With the Spain at war with the protestant nations of those time, her enemies issued letter of marque to many privateers, mostly Anglo-french, to raid and disturb the Spanish shipping line and trade routes in America. With the end of the war, many of the privateers found themselves 'jobless', and the weakening Spanish who were unable to defend their colonies, become easy targets for these pirates, privateers and buccaneers. What most of the pirates we know now, as depicted in various popular media, would be the ones that had existed in the 18th century (arrrr, ye mate), which is another Golden age of Piracy, resulted after the end of Spanish Successions war.

Now, for most of you who were not aware of, Women Pirates did exists in the history, although details of them are more or less very sketchy. You can find more details here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in….

The drawing is a conceptual sketch of Women Buccaneers in the Caribbean Sea in the series, by the name of Senora Isabel Hernandez de Alvaro or better known as la Dalia del Caribe. I'm assuming the attires she worn was common for the buccaneers of the 17th century, equipped with multiple pistols, a dagger and a sword for close fighting during ship raids. Unfortunately, as interesting as it may seem, many women pirates were drawn in revealing clothing that looked more like lingerie models than sailors. Indeed, while some design does offer the movement flexibility and the advantages of 'distracting' the enemies of the she-pirates at the cost of modesty, i'd prefer to draw her in clothing that blends with the other buccaneers =P.

You may notice that i have put the title Senora before her name, which denotes her lesser nobility status. Indeed, lady Isabel is not your typical commoners-turned-to-piracy that lives on cheap grog and plunders. She is an Iberian Noble who had a prestigious upbringing, but perhaps a very radical taste of adventures and ambition. With the Iberian Empire at war with her neighbors, she saw this as an opportunity and brought her own ship and crew, assisting the Iberian Navy as privateer to raid her enemies' ships after being given the letter of marque by Marquise Elvira Marquesa Elvira Lopez de Ibarra of Imperio Iberia by Gambargin. She then took her fleet to Caribbean and began her life of adventure in America, raiding across the  Pirate Round for glory and Riches, while leading a lifestyle unbound by the complexity of aristocrats and nobility court life.

Unfortunately for her, at one point along the history, she mistakenly raided and plundered an Iberian treasure ship, resulting in her being hunted by the Iberian Navy who was convinced of her 'betrayal'. Eventually, she was captured and was condemned to dungeon in Havana waiting for her execution, where she drown herself in regrets every day. Shortly before her final day, she was offered an amnesty on one condition, with her expertise  and skills as ship-captain, she must help the Iberian Armada to eliminate a Barbary Corsair that has been harassing the Mediterranean sea, known as the 'Sea Monster' or Lalla Taljat HWS Women Pirates - Canavar of Mediterranean Sea by Gambargin. The thought of freedom was too good for her for refusal and she accepted the offer without any hesitation. She succeeded in eliminating the Sea Monster fleet of ships, through brilliance as well as superior numbers, backed by the powerful Iberian Armada and Italian Fleets. For her merit in eliminating the Barbary threat, she was granted a land and colony in the Carribean to administer, uplifting her status from petty noble to Governor, serving the Iberian Crown until her death at childbirth, putting the legacy of the Dahlia to an end.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Credit to =kirilee for her beautiful and dynamic stocks, in which the reference fav.me/d4dgk9q is used to create this drawing :) I have always wanted to portray the Woman buccaneer in a light-hearted drawing, instead of the usual femme-fatale pose. Afterall, It's good to take break from the grim and dark nature of HWS: Project Blood and Steel by drawing the free-spirited and carefree women warriors :) (Smile)


For more on the Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
Add a Comment:
 
:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work!
Reply
:iconshannonskitty34:
shannonskitty34 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HI I am looking for an artist who is interested in doing work on our new online facebook game Pirates of the Caribbean Isles of Revenge. If interested please message me at: www.facebook.com/shannonskitty34
Reply
:iconsusandevy:
susandevy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love her facial expression,
love her clothes, guns and swords and everything 
judging from the party, they must had been conquered a battle !
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Yeap, I also love the cheerful spirit of the buccaneers! Thanks for the compliment as always :D
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist
so who's the lucky guy she married?
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Well, haven't thought about it yet, but it'll be revealed soon
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist
probably lower class himself- thinking as a pirate she'd go for more the scruffy "bad boy" types
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Hahaha! Bad boys image, that would certainly be something good to consider.
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
just noticed the details on the holsters- the star like shapes look more Eastern- maybe loot from her victory over Lalla Tajat?
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Hahahah, the star shapes are just for decoration purpose, it has nothing to do with the overall series =P
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist
just look more Turkish to me than European hence my thinking
Reply
:iconsusandevy:
susandevy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why would a girl like her get married ?
she already had so much fun !
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
She doesn;t have to married to bear a son no? illegitimate relationship is always an interesting to explore :P
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist

didn't occur to me- thinking since she didn't have her son until she was already a governor she would be married when it happened.

but maybe there's still something of the pirate in her hidden under status and power.  The fact she died giving birth makes her baby's status a little difficult-

maybe some member of her staff raises him on his/her own out of loyalty to their boss. If he's male is maybe the baby's father.

Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Fascinating stories indeed, that would be a tale worth to read. Let's keep it in limbo for the time being, her descendant will play an important part in Casus belli.
Reply
:iconsusandevy:
susandevy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes ! for sure ! LOL
Reply
:iconfluffypallas:
fluffypallas Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Dat attitude :D

I love the details on her pistols and again, I'm amazed at your ability to handle clothing folds realistically :)
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yep, pirate chick with attitude ;)

Ah, the draperies might not be the best as compared to yours, but thanks for the compliment :D
Reply
:iconkirilee:
kirilee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is FANTASTIC!!! I love how much history you posted up here.
Thanks for using my stock as the base :+fav: I feel really honoured as I love your work.
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
No, thank you for having those wonderful stocks! it really helps a lot, and i'll be sure to make more of it :D
Reply
:iconkirilee:
kirilee Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be honoured if you did! :)
Reply
:iconironsides11:
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Awesome, I really like how you did her hair! :D
She' armed to the teeth as well, with a brace of pistols, which has to come in handy with those close quarters boarding actions. Fighting with a sword in one hand and a pistol in the other... that's pretty darn awesome!!!
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you as always! Indeed, a pirate has to be very intimidating, badass and beautiful at the same time (without exposing the unnecessary  too much of course).

In reality the fighting would have been be very bloody and closer to carnage, but hey, there's no harm to portray the idealized romanticized image of a pirate right? :)
Reply
:iconakitku:
akitku Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Great job on the clothing - it looks very comfortable. As in your previous pictures I really like the delicately rendered background with the multiple characters.  The whole mood is great too - the whole jolly atmosphere fits in with our common view of pirates.
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you Akitku! Indeed, i love the clothing as well! and those wenches as well :D

I have been experimenting with including some more into the background, hoping to enhance the drawing a bit. It's a nice try though, after all, my previous drawing have all been solo female :P
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist

 

she died in childbirth-did she lose her baby too?

If not maybe her another descendant is involved in Casus Belli?

 

Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Hahaha, now now, don't want to spoil the series yet.=P

One thing for sure, all the characters from each series are always connected to their ancestors and descendants :D
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist

so her child lived then. some good news then. maybe not a guerilla but leading the Spanish army that operated in America during the American Revolution(most Americans are unaware that the other world powers saw an opportunity to take shots at the distracted Brits)en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain_in…

the Spanish soldier in Casus Beli is descended from Elvira Lopez?

 

Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Hmmmn, it's certainly close, but not exactly what i have in mind :)

Like I said, i prefer not to spoil the future series yet :D
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist
maybe as a guerilla- they kept the fight alive long after the Spanish Army was lost(read  the Sharpe series) in which case she'd need another flashy nickname
Reply
:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist
so unified Spain and Portugal, one country with 2 languages rather than 2 countries?
The flag belongs to an English pirate nameed Thomas Tew
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_T…
maybe she knew him and uses his sword and arm in tribute, adding the blood drops on her own?
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Sorta like a Unified entity, mainly drawing from the legacy of Spanish Empire though. to be more precise, closer to the basque than the rest of the Iberian peninsula :D

Yeap, exactly, the flag is inspired from his symbol. the cross and skull weren't that used yet back in the 17th century, although the Spanish used it to mark cemeteries.

As for Thomas tew, probably not i guess, as this is an entirely different setting :P
Reply
:iconastro-creep166:
Astro-Creep166 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Very awesome! I love the wenches xD
Reply
:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yes, the wenches! All those drunken sailors, i simply love them :D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
November 21, 2013
Image Size
1.6 MB
Resolution
871×1235
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
3,829 (1 today)
Favourites
108 (who?)
Comments
34
×