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 .
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 . 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 . 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
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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.
I love the details on her pistols and again, I'm amazed at your ability to handle clothing folds realistically
Ah, the draperies might not be the best as compared to yours, but thanks for the compliment
Thanks for using my stock as the base I feel really honoured as I love your work.
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?
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
she died in childbirth-did she lose her baby too?
If not maybe her another descendant is involved in Casus Belli?
One thing for sure, all the characters from each series are always connected to their ancestors and descendants
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?
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