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The Suffragette

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Back into commute drawing a bit! These more intricate pieces are more fun to think about, but rushing the details while the train is stopped starts to get grate on you.

"Votes for Women!"

The "official" Suffragettes were early 20th century feminists who often used extreme or even violent tactics in their quest for women's civic rights.

It was only a short jump for me to represent the industrial patriarchy as a shadowed zeppelin, riding the caricature of a "proper" wife. My initial idea had more propaganda-style banners of domestic "bliss", but there was already so much going on I didn't add them.


4" x 6" commute drawing
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TartyTarts's avatar
This is amazing! How long are your commutes?
Nemodemos's avatar
Thanks!

The continuous sitting down part of the commute is about 40 minutes each way. But this wasn't one sitting :) (Especially since you need to wait for the train to stop to do the details.)
glossy6-6's avatar
i do love it
it help me to in my project thanks
Nemodemos's avatar
It helped you in your project? That's fun! What was the project?
PaperChabbit's avatar
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Belated thanks!
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coifishu's avatar
Great piece! I love the lighting here, even as B&W
Nemodemos's avatar
Thanks! Getting the lighting right in pencil sometimes takes me a few passes in places. The people on the train must think I'm crazy. "Why is he coloring the area he's already colored? Who's he trying to fool?" That or they have their own business to worry about and ignore the self-conscious guy with the sketchbook.

:)
lastlabyrinth's avatar
This is amazing. I would love to see it on a bigass poster with a nice apocalyptic color scheme. I love how the men looking down from the zeppelin seem confused, as if they're wondering who in the world this funny woman thinks she is.
Nemodemos's avatar
Thanks a lot! Something about them reminds me of the bankers in Mary Poppins.
lastlabyrinth's avatar
Haha, I can see it.
Karwei's avatar
This is amazing, and so well composed.
Nemodemos's avatar
Thanks very much! I was worried you couldn't make out the giant face, but then I went "dude, it's a giant face." :)
Karwei's avatar
Ah ha, I can assure you that that is the first thing I noticed.
ale-haru11's avatar
This might be one of the best works out there.It shows devotion and talent as well as the precision of a true artist.:DKeep up the good job!
Nemodemos's avatar
Wow, thanks! What an amazing thing to say. I'm extremely flattered. :)
Etermaldream's avatar
Thats pretty cool and epic
poseidonSchild's avatar
this is sooooooooo incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nemodemos's avatar
Thank you soooooooo much! :D
JesnCin's avatar
Whoaa! This is epic! The girl's heroic jump into the slightly villainous looking men hovering above her is a brilliant concept; and the detail conveyed through the shading is simply gorgeous :)
It was frightening what women had to do back then to get rights, and I think this picture really shows that.
Nemodemos's avatar
Thank you! I love how a drawing comes to life through light and shading. I wonder if there are toned paper sketchbooks.
JesnCin's avatar
You're welcome!
Oho, I wish there were...
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