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For :icontheoc-pageantofda: Round 2 (historical outfit)!

I think I decided on Tessa's time-travel destination in less than a minute - the time of first-wave feminism, specifically 1897, London, when National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies was founded. I thought it would be the point in time she'd like to visit. Weeeell, it was either that or joining Jemima Niclas in the Battle of Fishguard, and it seems she was doing fine on her own...

Similarly to Kevin's entry I decided Tessa should keep the wheelchair (that she uses occasionally instead of crutches) and glasses from her own time. The historical part of her outfit was based on cycling outfits of Victorian women (from the point where they decided they had enough of cycling in dresses and skirts and went with bloomers). It seemed really fitting for Tessa - she usually wears trousers, and if Victorian cyclists can get away with it there's no reason wheelchair users shouldn't. :|

I honestly didn't expect this picture to end up so... cheerful. History in general seems to be one big frustratingly slow process of humans learning not to treat other humans (and living beings in general) like crap. And sometimes you look at it and it seems that nothing really changes and life really is a flat circle, and sometimes you think how much everything improved and how awesome it is. So I think for Tessa it's about tryin' to do right and in that sense looking back at history can be about hope - hey, look, we've made it this far!

And that's it with Round 2 for me! I'll try not to take so long next time (if there is a next time)! :D

Relevant uploads:
Tessa Gould - OCP Audition by Oly-RRR Tessa - OCP'16 Round 1 by Oly-RRR Inktober 2015 part 2 by Oly-RRR Kevin Newman - OCP audition by Oly-RRR Kevin - OCP'16 Round 2 by Oly-RRR


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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Suffragette Tessa ! 
Now I see her singing that song from Mary Poppins THANK YOU (except in french because).
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
YESSS! And hahaha, this is great! :XD: For me the go-to suffragette theme is this (and it usually makes me think of Short and Colston). :D
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StareyedInLA Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
Rock on, Tessa, rock on!  :D

But seriously, everything about this piece is great.  The setting, time period, and manner of dress not only work perfectly together, it really suits Tessa's character and really shows what she's made of.  The 'Votes for Women' banner really ties all of these factors together. 
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I thought of the theme almost instantly but I'm glad I put off drawing it for a while, since it took a while to go from the theme to the actual visual side of it.
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alicelights Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
VOTES FOR WOMEN!  

This is SUCH a cool idea! It might have been extra epic if you had made the wheelchair steampunk-y too! ... but maybe that'd be too daft XD   I love her outfit and the flowers are really appealing.. Nice dramatic sky too.
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I thought of drawing a steampunk wheelchair but then I didn't go for it - I kind of wanted Tessa to use her regular chair she'd use in Cop Story (she doesn't use it often but walking is tiring for her) and sort of old-timey wheelchairs I sometimes see in period drama seem like they would be really uncomfortable for the user to push independently. I COULD get Fisher to "volunteer" to push her (I might draw some character doing that in future rounds, for either Kevin or Tessa or whoever I might enter if I do it for more than one run) but for this picture I really wanted Tessa to be as independent as possible.
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alicelights Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That IS a good idea, especially as she is advocating votes for women. She'd REALLY want to be independent!
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Karistal Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go Tessa!! I really love the theme you picked here for her, it's pretty perfect for her :) I like what you said about History as well, you described it amazingly and I agree with Tessa's view on it. 
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I enjoyed both doing research for this picture and just exploring the theme, glad you like it too. :) And I usually try to think like Tessa when it comes to this, the tricky part is not to get pessimistic too often!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The texture in this really makes it come alive with a kind of grittiness that I think is perfect for the era, and the addition of the smoke from the chimneys and that sepia-sort of tinge to the sky is indeed beautiful in the sense that it really really works so well!
I love that Tessa has chosen to go back to a time that offers her an activist role, this lady sure does deserve a medal for her determination to better people's lives (and your right, history is very depressing once you really think about it). The bloomer-pant suit suits her, oddly enough, and I like that she kept her bangles XD, I just noticed them!
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D This paper was such a lucky find for the history theme, I was going through my sketchbooks and the folder with random coloured paper trying to decide on how to handle this and stumbled on it, it's like it was waiting!

Yeaah, Tessa is really badass that way. I mean, she partly does it for her own sake as well as other people but it's something I can relate to as well (though I'm really not as badass as she is).

Ehehe, I'm glad you noticed! :D But those are actually rubber bracelets (awareness and medical), I dunno, do they count as bangles too, I always assumed bangles have to be metal/wooden? Though I think I've drawn her with bangles as well at some point. :)
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TreeClimbingFish Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist
oh wow! I LOVE that you incorporated politics into this, especially the suffragettes/suffragists, they were some really interesting and powerful women and I can totally see Tessa as one ;D I love her outfit too! the little bow tie makes it!
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D Yeah, that's just so Tessa! ...and unfortunately still a very relevant theme, I mean it's not like we got total equality even by now. :shifty:
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TreeClimbingFish Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist
eeughh true... maybe we would have if Tessa was there backing our corner xD
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sn0otchie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
That's a very classy outfit - there's something Doctor-ish about it :D D'you think Tessa could be into cosplay?  
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
It must be all that plaid and a bow tie! :D I think Tessa would be into cosplay for the sake of a political protest - I doubt many people in her generation see it as a regular hobby (though when they do they are usually great at it, I've seen some really cool photos of older cosplayers)!
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BradenHallett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Banner flying proudly!

I don't want to imagine being forced to cycle (or do anything active) in a massive poofy skirt. Or any skirt, really.

I may have paid to see her participating in the battle of fishguard, though...
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
#1

I knooow, and yet the FIRST female cyclists did wear skirts... I think they did it for several years before they've had enough and bloomers became a thing. It's not like a bicycle is a horse and you can ride it SIDEWAYS, though I don't think those horse side-saddles weren't that comfortable either.... I mean, I wouldn't want to sit on a horse sideways, that doesn't seem practical or even safe...

Maybe someday! :D I used to always imagine my characters stuck in some historical events and/or commenting on them back when I had history classes (so like something between Doctor Who and Horrible Histories with my characters) so even though I'm not as much of a history nerd as I used to be (information filters out of my head pretty fast if I'm not using it) I'm still tempted to draw something history-related from time to time. :)
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LadyLoriel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm thrilled because the first thing I thought when I saw her outfit was that it looked like a cycling outfit. You did an amazing job on it. ^^ And love that she got that sign with her on the wheelchair. It's such a nice touch.
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm glad that it's recognizable! Those old-school outfits are so cool (for multiple reasons)! :D And thank you! :)
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LadyLoriel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
They indeed are. ^^
And you're welcome ^^
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly gorgeous colours. You really got the Victorian feel here with not only her choice of clothes, but the colours. And yes, first wave feminism fits Tessa's activist nature perfectly! I especially love the sky and the bush next to her--the plants must've taken a lot of time!
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D At one point I was thinking of going for a limited palette buuut you know it's hard for me to resist adding colour and with the spring in the air I just have this urge to draw plants more than usual! And I now feel your pain - it's surprisingly hard to decide on colours when most references you have are black-and-white or sepia!
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to say, that is a pretty perfect theme for Tessa. :)
And hey, the wheels on her chair is comparatively pretty close to wheels on a bike. She could kinda argue it's only proper. ;)
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you think so! :D I wasn't sure where to go with Kevin this round but it just clicked instantly with Tessa! I just took too much time to actually draw the picture, that was a bit of a close call even with the generous extension (I just like getting things done early)...

Yup, that's the idea! :nod: And besides cycling women of the time were often feminists as well, so it kind of intersects with suffragists/suffragettes!
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, at least you weere on the right side of the deadline. I must admit I was getting worried a week ago when we still only had 20% of all entries, with just one week to go.

And sounds like you know quite a lot more about that area than me, so I'll take your word for it. :)
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I wasn't entirely sure I'd make it in time (hence asking for an extension) - I got colds two times this month already (or maybe it was the same cold coming back) and I kept thinking something would come up on the last day... But yeah, I'm glad entries are starting to pour in, I'd hate the group to go inactive, I'M ALREADY GETTING IDEAS ON WHO TO ENTER NEXT YEAR! :la:
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it makes sense. And I don't think you're the only one that's gotten an "just in case extension" but might actually will make it within the deadline. ;)

Haha, yeah. I was worried at the "just ten entries" a week ago. But even if they stop coming now, we'd have close to the same as last year now. And I'm pretty sure more will come. :)
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I guess spring is busy for everyone!

I now wish I entered last year, I was peeking at the group from the sidelines but not really following actively so I'm not entirely familiar with numbers/general dates yet (I know it'll wrap up around December, I'm not really expecting my guys to last till then but I'll probably be doing bonus rounds then)... But I'm really glad this pageant is more illustration-oriented, it's just the right balance of work/fun! :D
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, last year just overall had less people entering, so round 2 had about 30 OCs in total as opposed to 50 this year. But that's really just the main difference. ;)
And yeah, I think people entering this does so to kick themselves doing more cool illustrations from prompts. And the fun. I mean, winning would be awesome for all, but... You don't enter for that. :)
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ah, I see! Good to know the group is growing (or maybe people entering more OCs, I'm wondering if I can handle three next year but it's probably all the hype from the end of the round)...

Definitely! :nod: Sometimes I feel a bit guilty about drawing non-canon stuff buuut it's not as much work as comics and I think it counts as character exploration/development! :D
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Cooper31 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Work! :)
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Cooper31 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome! ;)
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Disabled people are funny when they support causes? Is that the joke?
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
In... which way did you think I implied that? Sorry, I don't quite understand, I don't think I said anything like that anywhere. :confused:
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's just all these disabled characters seem to be portrayed for "laugh" value. It's just the impression I got when looking at the artworks.
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry if you get this impression but you seem to be the only one getting it? Yes, my style is cartoony but it's a visual matter, I don't think exaggerated styles are only for funny stories. Some of my comics are serious, some are humorous but there's no intention to laugh at anyone because of their disability/gender/race/etc - and I don't think disabled characters should only exist in weepy "inspirational" stories. I could go on but I see no reason to defend myself here - if it is your impression of my artwork/writing then it's how you see it, but it's NOT what I'm doing. :shrug:

Maybe you should ask yourself what you find funny in this picture - for me it is a happy picture, but not a funny one. :)
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not putting you or the art on trial or judging. I was merely giving my impression after seeing this material for the first time.
Perhaps a "crazy/toony" art style is not the prime choice when trying represent characters in a non-derogatory manner?
Also, no need to get defensive or try and spin the matter around, by impying I'm the one poking fun at spastics.

Basically, I'm sure many other people would immediately see these covers as mocking the disabled.
Anyway, not making this into a debate. I think you have good skills. Good day, sir.
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi. I'm not the artist, but... To judge properly, maybe take a moment to actually read some of their comics? oly-rrr.deviantart.com/gallery…
First of all it'll give you an idea of how they're drawing non-disabled people as well, and that's a pretty important thing to know in order to judge how the disabled people are represented. And it'll also give you a chance to see said disabled people represented in a story. :)
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SeitoAkai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Good to see that her heart is in the right place. And again, very fine use of color and costume design.
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah! :D I know I often mention her pushing people around but her heart is in the right place. And thank you! :)
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