Beyond the particularly uninspiring title, this has turned out to be one of my better ink drawings! Here we see Mira in what is clearly a new costume! First, you may ask yourselves, "wtf, where is her belly?" Well, you know, this is Mira's third official costume, and it will be featured in my third Mira novel, if I live long enough to make it. My first novel is more or less finished, I just need to get a proof copy and go through its mistakes and do some editing. Btw, anyone interested in purchasing said novel?
So, to this costume, Mira is wearing a tried and true blue tunic that shows off quite a lot in the bust department and just a little sliver of top belly. Top belly, that's different. You don't see that too much. Her tunic is outlined in a bright yellow. Blue and yellow are the official colors of Ukraine, of which, Mira is a predecessor to modern Ukrainians. Her tribe, the Rus' people, were split into 3 modern groups. In the late 1200s, the Mongols invaded Europe and shattered the Kievan Rus' state that Mira lives in, this is 200 years after Mira's time so don't worry, she won't see the devastation. Anyways, this defeat splintered the Rus' people. Ukrainians fell under the sphere of influence of Poland, and thus, you see the creation of Byzantine-Ukrainian Greek Catholics in the 1500s, since Poland is Roman Catholic. The next group, the Belorussians were occupied by Lithuania, another very Catholic country, hence their Byzantine Catholic population in modernity. And finally, Russia. Russia's capital of Moscow was so far removed from the violence in Kiev that it became a center for Eastern Slavic culture. It also was part of the Golden Horde of Batu Khan, one of the 4 khanates of the Mongol Empire. Thus, Russia was more culturally aligned with the Mongols early on. Just a little history lesson for you folks who have no idea what her tribe is. But since Mira is from Kiev and Kiev is the capital of Ukraine, we have the blue and yellow!!!
One could argue the blue, grey, and red also emphasize Russia, who's colors are white, blue, and red. Grey...white, meh. And fuck adding Belorussian colors, since their flag is red and green. No offense Belarus, but holy shit I hate green lol.
Anyways, Mira boots are once again bronze colored. I say that because the bronze Prismacolor marker I used is phenomenal! The bronze Prismacolor pencil I use, leaves much to be desired. It is very waxy, which makes a nice affect on leather gloves, but at the same time, is hard to work and blend. So to minimize the use of such a color, I added the metal plates on all parts. How do they look? They're all colored pencil with gel pen over to make them look shiny. I added those red ribbons, which I used on my previous Mira drawing, just to add some color and more detail. She retains her leggings and arm sleeves, plus her dagger strapped to her thigh. Oh and her fertility armlet. But her Slavic rune necklace representing time is now replaced with the Eastern Slavic tri-bar of Orthodox Christianity, since all my loyal readers know Mira got married in part 2. Right? You guys knew that, right?
Also, you see her fucking hair!? Look how fucking good her hair looks!!! I found a good technique and pencil to do distinct chunks of hair with. Apparently pumpkin orange is a good color in blonde hair. Her skin was done with my Chameleon skin tones, the blue was Prismacolor's True Blue marker, the yellow was a combination of Chameleon brand's yellow, with my Prismacolor canary yellow. What do you guys think? Does she look good? Should her face be pinkened up a little more? I know her face lacks detail but that's mainly because it's super hard for me to do fine details with ink. So expect to see this design more in the feature.
Ha, expect. A pun.