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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:…


EDIT (11.2012) - finally done! You can see the previous version + sketch on my blog, here: + 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:
Maman Brigitte by daekazu

MidnightTea7's version:
Maman Brigitte by MidnightTea7

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zemimsky Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely incredible!!
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.
Crossroadrose Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Complete with Brigitte iconography.
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!
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 ;)
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Dynamite Work!!!
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.
fractilatedwormhole Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Hey, wonderful creation! all your work is quite stunning!
JeharraVixen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very well done! I really like it. Great colors.
punkinpigtails Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I want that dress and hat!
tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
lemoncurrymeetsyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOH I SERIOUSLY LOVE your detail in this!!!
creampeach24 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like your version better !
Morrison3000 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well you did a great job :D And the rooster (funky gallo! :D) looks good to me too :)
whiteliton Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Wow, I love the style of her clothing. And what an awesome hat. Well done!
circusheart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Well done! I love the feathers in the hat.
FlamiatheDemon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Lovely interpretation! She has that "your friendly neighborhood's Lwa of death" kind of look :)
xaanterra Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Really really really gorgeous!!
Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
TMirai Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! She's one of my favorite of the Loa, and it's quite awesome that you've included so many of the items/traits associated with her. Beautiful work with the textures and colors. I love the background; it and the details of her lace are my favorite parts.
Neko-and-Koy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Super cool! I love her outfit and the background is beautiful!
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
SkylaStar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
This is amazing!
LadyLaw Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love seeing these art challenges and love the idea... think I may need to find a group to do this with :) Anyway, yours appeals to me best out of the ones this time around. I love the pose, the detail in the bust of the dress and the hair, and just pretty much everything about this picture. Fantastic.
DragonRose215 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o-o Love it!
SankofaRida Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work!! I want her outfit!!
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting. I like her outfit
creativsis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really like this.
You added a lot of detail into this.
Great work!
MoConnor03 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
That is very cool and thanks for the wiki kink.
shlaraki Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details on this are epic, especially all of the feathers on the hat. I also really like how the rooster came out.
TheKemper Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
i love the attention to voodoo history! but i'm a nerd that way...
Elektrosmurf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
:heart: love it! :heart: :la:
bluetiger24 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really awesome picture!
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