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Maman Brigitte by vinegar Maman Brigitte by vinegar
Another art challenge by :icondaekazu:, :iconmidnighttea7:, :iconvinegar:
For each challenge we interchangeably give ourselves an idea or topic to illustrate and a short, specified time to execute it in whatever shape or form... of course, without knowing what the others are going to come up with.

This week's topic is *vinegar's idea: Maman Brigitte. She is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. For more info check wiki: [link]

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EDIT (11.2012) - finally done! You can see the previous version + sketch on my blog, here: [link] + bonus close up is in the gallery.

Mine is a WIP, still very much unfinished. I used some references, especially for the rooster (which was nightmare to get right) and some of *mizzd-stock, although not one photo. She has some great shots of folded materials and hands, so I looked those up as general guidelines. Concepts of outfit, her face and background are, as usual, mine.

Anyway, she's often associated with drinking rum, chilli peppers, colour purple, a scarf and a (bloody) rooster. Or hen. Depending on what I read. Also glasses with usually one of lens missing.

She's also the only fair-skinned loa, often said to have red hair. I thought it'll be more interesting to put her in a southern setting than on a cemetery, even if that doesn't really go 100% in tact with her story. But well.

Oh, she apparently borrowed baron Samedi's hat.

A bigger version is coming up when I'm done with it.

`daekazu's version:


=MidnightTea7's version:


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jenyatb Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Been doing some ritual work with this Lwa and finding this image was uncanny...she looks very much like me.
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Crossroadrose Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Complete with Brigitte iconography.
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scarletcolibri509 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I know this is a bit late but I just discovered your page—awesome job btw, I think this challenge idea that you guys come up with is great. Speaking of, I'm Haitian and I was quite surprised by this particular choice of topic. Of course I grew up knowing about Baron Samedi and Manman Brigitte, but what made you guys choose this? Anyway I think you did a great job, I really like yours!
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vinegar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thank you! The idea for this topic was mine. I'm always interested in various cultures and, depending on my latest inspiration, I try to dig deeper. I think this time it was mostly reading about Marie Laveau, voodoo, then hoodoo, local culinaries etc. When I'm into something I start digging until I'm deadly tired ;) I think I chose Maman Brigitte as this theme, because when I read of few attributes attached to her: chilli peppers, glasses with one of the lens missing, the rooster, rum, red hair.. I thought that could make a really cool picture, and certainly an original topic.

I actually find the whole theme very interesting and plan to do more pieces inspired by it. But it's the same as I plan more works inspired by polish folklore.. Not enough time yet. There are certain themes that interest me that I would like to deep into more like voodoo/hoodoo, I like how it mixes with Christianity to develop something completely new out of the two, also mexican folk, polish / slavic folk (similar case actually, mixing pagan cult with Christian culture), japanese (but not manga) and some other asian ones.

I also liked the fact that she was the only fair-skinned loa. I guess I'm into contrasts. When I was kid and a big X-Men fan, my favourite one was the only black one - Storm ;)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Dynamite Work!!!
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Tuume Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   Writer
This piece really pops with these dark colors. The atmosphere of dark lighting and relaxation is alluring.
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fractilatedwormhole Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Hey, wonderful creation! all your work is quite stunning!
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JeharraVixen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very well done! I really like it. Great colors.
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punkinpigtails Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I want that dress and hat!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Beautiful...
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