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May be recognized from the sketch located back in the gallery... Im playing with her in Corel Painter.

This is a costume study design for my riding school's ceremonial presentations. The design incorperates a number of mythological connectons; the skirt and sleeves are designed to resemble a Datura/Brugmansia (ANGLE'S TRUMPET) flower, which have a deliriant/halleucenogenic quality and were a key ingredient in the rituals that allowed witches "to fly without wings" (which take on a dual meaning as anyone familiar with Arabian horse legends will recognize that the Arabian horse is said to have been made of a hand full of desert sand that God blew across to provide mankind a means of "flying without wings") The skirts are also important as it is a Hawaiian tradition of "Pa'u" riding among women, in the days of early hawaiian colonization by European/Americans, the horse took on a special place here, and the ladies of the royal court would ride in their full ceremonial Pa'u (skirts)

The skirt also has a special meaning here, and is given its blue and white color because it is connected to the story both of the isle on which I reside, as well as to two of the most important Hawaiian goddesses, before they were goddesses. And that story tells of a little nameless vine that grows along the beaches here and is covered in blue or white flowers. When Pele first came to the Islands, and her sister/daughter Hi'iaka was still an infant, Pele left her inthe vines on the beach while she had to attend a very long and boring ceremonial greeting and pedigree chant (tradition to anyone new meeting the current cheifs), Hiiaka was in danger of being burned by the sun, so the vine grew up and covered her with its blooms, and when Pele returned to collect the infant, the vines came free and fell about the infant like a skirt. The only favor the Vine and her friend he shrub asked in return was that the vine be given a name, for it did not yet have one. So Pele named her Pa'u o Hi'iaka (the skirt of Hi'iaka)

There is a great deal more behind the ideas of this, but its still a WIP. I have already designed and performed in a very similar Rose pink version of this, but this is the sigature garment of the riders from my academy. And our signature Nai'a Horses.
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Carousel-Stables Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is a wonderful and thoroughly thought out design. As usual, the way you draw horses is gorgeous, ethereal and as if to leap of the page at any moment. I very much look up to your work in terms of style.
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EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thank you :-)
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rhedkrow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the galah! I'm Australian so I would see these cheeky parrots fly in to our backyard all the time, my dad bred them as they make awesome pets. Your horse is absolutely gorgeous, you draw them so exquisitely.
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EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Galahs will always hold a special place in my heart, Until a year an a half ago I used to have one, whom I owned for 14 years. She was the best thing ever... she was a very unusual personality for one, and there will never be another Jezibelle. I do plan on breeding them in the next couple years, and they will always have a specal place, their aviary is going to be in "Jezibelle's garden" which I started in her memory (you cant miss it on my property, all the flowers here are purple, blue or white, and then her garden they are all pinks!)

Many thanks about the horses. :)
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Thylacinus1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this horse's head and color the best, very nice
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EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
:) thanks
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roninvalkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
This costume reminds me of the elves from The Lord of The Rings.
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EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I did draw inspiration from it, specifically the Crowns (of Gliadriel in the first film and Arwen's at the in the last film) and the riding jacket from the first films introduction and chase scene with Arwen. However, while it does take a cue from them admitedly, the specifics of the design are quite markedly different (the crowns are based on Dolphins, waves and wind and wisteria vines, instead of butterflys, and then there is the clear datura refrence in the skirt element) It also take many cues from other cultures specifically the jacket's body design is based on a cobinaton in a shadbelly dressage jacket, a saddleseat/Country English pleasure daycoat, with a geisha-like cosette piece whch takes more of a European shape.

Anyway, one thing I noticed in the design process was because it was going for a timeless quality and also going for a graceful series of curved lines and plant inspired arte nouveau shapes, it was automatically took on a very similar look, just because of the similar series of design elements. So even from scratch it was sort of a convergant set of criteria, so it would produce a similar result. :)
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HockeyWitch Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
She looks like Pocahontas! I love her costume! ^^
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EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
LOL thanks! LOL and you have no way of knowing this, but I get called Pocahantus all the time! LMAO!
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HockeyWitch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
:rofl: That's really cute! ^^
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