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Studies for Jadis by suburbanbeatnik Studies for Jadis by suburbanbeatnik
Here are the studies I did for Jadis in my painting, "The Magician's Nephew." [link] Being extremely dissatisfied with the design for this character in the first Narnia movie, I decided to take my vision of Jadis back to her roots in Charn. She's wearing a pale green tunic with a jeweled art nouveau style halter top and an Assyrian-esque fringed red mantle wrapped like a skirt. Her jewelry is inspired by various Bronze age finds such the jewels found at Ur [link] and Schliemann's "The Jewels of Helen." [link] For her face, though, I was inspired by the main character in the video game "Salammbo." [link]
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Great Work ! 


Too bad she literally destroyed her own world 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
She was a great villain. 
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Definetly; a very unic one too ! :nod:
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freaking PERFECT
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Hopeiscomingforme Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this design!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is great.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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aarn Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
The work is all done and that is what Jadis looks like.
I don't know, I always imagined her with an impossibly sever crown, did she get that afterwards?
I also thought she had flowing veils with prints and emrodery of stange animals?
Please tell me more about your studies in this.:thanks:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Most of my research is covered in my notes above-- I decided go for a bit more of an ancient middle eastern look than Pauline Baynes used in her illustrations. And those art nouveau/Mucha style halter tops-- I love those things. Every time I do a fantasy pic the main chick is always wearing one, LOL!
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aarn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
So, what does Tarshish in the south look like?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your guess is as good as mine!
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rozy2cool Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
This is pretty amazing! Great study. I like how you interpreted her, even though I don't exactly picture her this way.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! How do you picture her?
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rozy2cool Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
wow that was a long time... I pictured her with much similiar facial structure... but her clothing much softer. For some reason my mind pictured her clothed like crystal, almost
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah? That sounds cool!
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Coluber Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Jadis' change in personality, I think can be easily explained (but yes, I do think C.S. Lewis pulled off a retcon). For those of you who have not read The Magician's Nephew, avert your gaze: SPOILERS lurk here.

Basically, Jadis ate an apple that was very bad for her. Who knows, maybe the Jadis of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is going through a nasty spell of apple-induced intoxication (Aslan did say that the apple, once taken rather than given, was bad, very bad).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really interesting- I almost forgot about the apple! But do you think the apple would have made her act so contrary to her established personality, in such an unCharnish fashion?

In C.S.'s defense, I've seen worse retcons done in comics, though...
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Coluber Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I'm not sure, but I do think so. It's been a while since I read the book. But I do recall Aslan saying that if the apple had been taken, then whoever would munch on it would be very unhappy.
P.S. sorry for the tardy reply.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem- your theory makes as much sense as any! :D
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YFish Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I completely agree with you about Jadis' costume design in the movie. It was awful! She's supposed to be terrifyingly beautiful, not wrapped in a cone made of dryer lint. Your Jadis concept is much truer to the books, and absolutely gorgeous to boot. This is a Jadis that I can really see speaking the Deplorable Word. This picture and your final version of the Magician's Nephew scene are awesome!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I laughed so much at your description- "a cone made of dryer lint"! LOL!

You can tell with the LOTR films they were truly a labor of love, made by real fans. My problem with the LWW movie was that it felt kind of half-hearted, an attempt to cash in on classic British fantasy; and that the director Adamson wasn't as keen on the Narnia books, not the way Jackson loved Tolkien. Hence, the way Jadis was designed, and the whole failure to include her Charn background into her design. The way they did it was all really lazy.

It'll be interesting to see what they do for "Magician's Nephew," if that ever gets made. It's looking likely, since the whole franchise so far has been really profitable. My head hurts at thinking how they'll shoehorn Tilda Swinton into Charn...
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LogiTeeka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, they did homage the material in the film. The professor's house contains numerous references to "The Magician's Nephew" and the wardrobe itself has events from the book engraved on its front door.

In terms of Jadis' design, I think it was heavily influenced by Pauline Baynes' original illustrations for the book. And to be fair, I think C.S. Lewis himself forgot Jadis' backstory. In the first book, she's the offspring of a giant and a jinn, as well as a descendant of Adam's first wife Lilith; in "The Magician's Nephew", she's a sorceress from an alternate universe.
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dot-Lumeria Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Interesting! I would have never pictured her to look this way. :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If you don't mind my asking, how do you picture her?
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dot-Lumeria Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Hmmm... I don't know. Byzantine/ Greek.

I was very small when I first had them read to me. :D
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TheStorageGnome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Excellent character sketch. I like the Assyrian/Babylonian style tunic - very much indicative of Charn's proud, brutal culture. Only thing I don't like is the hair/eye colors. I never was one for the traditional dark haired, crimson lip-sticked Jadis as it seems Lewis was trying for a more Aryan character given the allusions to Nazism with Maugrim and the secret police not to mention his descriptions of Jadis in the book.

In anycase.... erm... LONG LIVE THE WHITE WITCH!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
He never described Jadis as a blond, though- he only described her white skin and "very red mouth." Pauline Baynes always depicted her as black-haired.

Personally, I don't think the White Witch of LWW seems like the same character as Jadis of Charn in the Magician's Nephew. It seems like a typical case of what a friend of mine once called wonky retcon- or retroactive continuity. Apparently it's a term from comic book fandom to mean a writer who goes back and changes something in the backstory of a character, or when the writer adds backstory. And it does seem that C.S. changed his mind about his favorite villain- Mrs Beaver refers to her as a descendant of Lilith, not a mortal queen from another planet. I suppose this can be squared away with the Charnian origin story, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I would have imagined Charn!Jadis to have gone down to Calormene to become a goddess-empress there, instead of becoming a snow queen, lording it over wolves and, erm... beavers.

Oh well! Sorry to natter on like that. Glad you like the piece! :)
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TheStorageGnome Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
I agree, MN did not seem to be in the original canon when Lewis wrote LWW. While I undeniably loved seeing Jadis flaunt her ruthlessness, it's about the weakest book in the series for me. All the "we-didn't-really-care-to-know" filler is reminiscent of a Star Wars prequel. DX I think Jadis in LWW and Jadis in MN were almost different characters - LWW seemed to be going for an aryan style (I mean... secret police... war time evacuation... Maugrim) while MN was more Roman/Greek/Byzantine/possibly Egyptian. On the other hand, Charn was pretty much dead when the kids encounter it and the climate was hotter do to the sun explodey thing. Given that, Lewis has a convenient out in that we don't really know anything about Charn's culture in its prime. Either way, I love your work. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Personally, I prefer MN to LWW- I love the settings of Charn and the Wood between the Worlds, and I find Polly and Digory more likable and interesting than the Pevensies, on the whole. (Although Jill and Eustace from "Silver Chair" are my favorite protagonists in the series.) Also, Charn!Jadis is pure awesomeness. On the other hand, I feel the plot wasn't developed as well as it could have been- as soon as the story arrives in Narnia, it stops dead in its tracks. Lewis was never at his best when he was being slavishly allegorical, I think, and the plot picks up again when Digory goes to find the apple to cure his mother.

I think Charn!Jadis should have been a different character than the LWW Jadis. It seems silly that a powerful sorceress-empress would have been happy bossing around woodland creatures for aeons, when she could have used her infinite magical powers to do something really exciting.
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