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Joan of Arc by Gold-Seven Joan of Arc by Gold-Seven
A tattoo design commission for :iconraynee:, who requested Jeanne d'Arc (1412-1431), a historical figure I've always loved. (Determination against terrible odds and a tragic end. I always fall for those.)

Pencil; background texture from free stock site. Her armour is based on several pieces of plate armour between 1420 and 1430 found in "Historische Waffen und Rüstungen" by Liliane and Fred Funcken, my new can't-do-without reference book.

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:iconpearlprincess11:
PearlPrincess11 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Aaaaa! I love her too. :D
This is quite beautiful!
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Like Eowyn without the happy ending.
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:iconmommymoggie:
MommyMoggie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Nice!
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:iconroselynjade:
RoselynJade Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome picture
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DucoSineMetu Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow. I'd love to see the finished tattoo, but the work itself is incredible.
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Entropath Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Beautiful! Have you seen the 1928 film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. I have the link if you haven't seen it. It's a must.
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NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Stunning.
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:iconbleuphoria:
bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
So gorgeous! And what a great idea for a tattoo motif. I love the detail in her armour and hair.
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:iconaugustphoenix:
AugustPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your collection of works is really great.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Joan of Arc burnt my steak."
"Don't talk with your mouth full, dear. It's how rumors get started."
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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FencersGrace Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
This is excellent! I've always loved Jehanne's story. Have you ever been to Reims? There's a beautiful little statue of her in the cathedral. And the Funken book is amazing :) I bought it in Germany years ago and it's had a prime spot on my shelves ever since.
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Roke7 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
she's beautiful!
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:iconkruemelthemonster:
kruemelTHEmonster Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Now that´s weird. Right now I should be working for my presentation about Jeanne d'Arc in French tomorrow... Grr, you made me a bad conscience!
But it's gourgeos!
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:iconxavierlardy:
XavierLardy Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Félicitations ! "Joan of Arc" a été élue "Warrior of the Week" !
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! What a fitting honour for her in this week especially. Thank you!
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XavierLardy Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
My pleasure !
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:iconfleurdufeu:
FleurduFeu Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
This is lovely, I've always loved her too.
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KirikouYuki Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelously done! And I have the same soft spot for tragic figures. Or for those who defy all odds and risk everything for what they believe is right.

Ever heard of the 'Order of the Hatchet'? Basically it was a group of women who took up arms and fought off the Moors. Initially they were told it would be best to surrender whereas there was no hope of winning. Their choice? The women dressed up as men and go out fighting while protecting those they cared about....only to actually win in the end :') As a result they were the first order of women to officially become knights (as far as known).

It's sad Jeanne d'Arc was never truly a knight though. If you ask me, she certainly deserved to be one :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I hadn't heard of them, no! From what I gathered online, though, they weren't what we would understand with knights, with arms and armour, but with the social standing of a knight. I seriously doubt the church would ever stand for anything like that. ;)
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KirikouYuki Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, and before I forget, the order you were referring to was the order of the Garter (I know, somewhat of a humiliating name), that one was indeed for wives that didn't really practice combat and the like :)

This page summarizes most of what is known pretty decently. There's even a link to the book in which the Orden la Hacha was first mentioned I think. ([link])

As for the church, fun fact, we had a female pope at some point too. Coincidentally her name was Joan ;)
Though whether or not this was meant to be a joke is unknown. Either she was made up or she was 'erased' in part because she was a woman. Pretty interesting story though ^^
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link!
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KirikouYuki Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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KirikouYuki Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually they were. Like I said, in this case the women took up arms and defeated the moors themselves and they earned the same social standards whereas the Count in charge of their home was basically wowed by their performance :)

In fact female knights of the warrior variety existed in several countries and mixed-gender order were not uncommon. Female knights were granted the same rights, privileges and esteem as their male counterparts. Female knights were also supposedly valued MORE than male knights, simply because as you can imagine such a thing was rare.

The Order of the glorious Saint Mary was even approved of by the at the time Pope

Several actual female knights existed until the stricter Catholic church (or rather the fanatic behind it) started the whole 'women who wear male clothing commit sin'. Which was about a few hundred years later. It's actually somewhat sad really.

Even the Knights Templar of all order had an entire division of female warrior knights. They were burned to death of course...
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ZehnWaters Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Yes. VERY YES! I LOVE Jehanne la Pucell.
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Freakconformist Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful, I hope the tattoo artist can do it justice.
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:iconfumettisto:
Fumettisto Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Puh, wusste gar nicht, dass es bei DA so viele fürchterliche Gruppen gibt. "Awesome Armour Women", "True-Armored-Wommen", "Battle-Ready-Womyn", das atmet alles den Manowar-Geist. Fast tut es mir leid um deine schöne, zerbrechliche, nachdenkliche Johanna, dass sie da nun auftaucht;-)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ich las nur die Titel der Gruppen (mehr siehst du im Nachrichtencenter ja nicht) und klickte erst hinterher hin. Und habe heftig überlegt, sie aus den Gruppen wieder rauszuholen...
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Winterhall Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
wirklich hübsches motiv. erinnert irgendwie an vintage-motive. fehlt nur das florale arrangement.

ps:hab letztens was gelesen. daß es eine theorie gibt, die besagt, daß es ein mann in frauenkleidern gewesen sein könnte. so ist das mit den mythen :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Huch ;) Die Päpstin in umgekehrt?

Dann passen aber ne Menge historische Dinge nicht mehr.

An Blumen hab ich zwischenzeitlich sogar gedacht :D
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crystalskye Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic attention to detail! Just beautiful.
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Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well drawn. She's one of my favorites as well.
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juh-z Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Wow!
Tattoo design!
If she finds a good tattoo artist this will look fabulous.
It would be nice to see it done in skin :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't wait to see it either!
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:iconjuh-z:
juh-z Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Could you ask her for a photo to upload here so we could see it too?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I will! :)
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scarlethorn Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Wonderful illustration of Jeanne. Although she wasn't my patron saint when I was born (St. Helena is). I choose her as my patron for my Confirmation. Eventually I want to change my middle name to Helena-Joan, but not yet.
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MirkyJedi Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
She is my patron saint and my middle namesake. Wonderful illustration! :)
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PassionateWarrior Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
amazing
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gph-artist Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really nice. I like the detail of the armour and the background texture really completes the image.
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MarciaQuinnNoren Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
IMPRESSIVE! Jeanne d'Arc would be especially pleased to be honored by this design today, May 8th, the anniversary of the raising of the siege of Orleans!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, great! Thank you, I didn't know that.
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:icondaneh-chan:
Daneh-chan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly cannot tell the gender, the only way I know is from her name, and knowing about her already!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's perfectly fine, as she was frequently mistaken for a man when in armour.
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Daneh-chan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I thought so. I like her a lot though!
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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This depiction of Jeanne d'Arc is so very beautiful.

I too, have always been fascinated by this historical figure's life's story.

This truly is magnificent work. :D
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Karageorges Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Wunderbar! Es gefällt mir!
Excuse me for my bad german..
Your picture is really well drawn. Is it a kind of tribute or only your peculiar style?
Very cool!
Greetings from Paris!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a design for a tattoo. :)
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Noe-Izumi Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING profile.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliant!
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