One thing that stands out to me is the clever way Cam has placed the slavegirl in relation to the charging Minotaur on the fresco,.
This is a beautiful example of a slave girl portrait, presented in high resolution. The location is immediately identifiable as the Minoan Palace at Knossos, and the girl waits patiently, with lowered eyes, before being directed to a new task. Often the best results can be achieved by keeping the composition simple, whilst concentrating on the fine detail in a large scale, as we see here.A (fantasy) portrait of a slavegirl at the palace of Knossos.
The body is Alisa's, the head from another model whose name I have unfortunately lost.
Back in the 1960 an author by the name of Mary Renault wrote a novel about Theseus in the Bull Court at Knossos. He had a ten of seven young men and seven Young women who danced with the bulls as depicted in the Bull Leaper fresco at Knossos. It would be wonderful if one of our skilled artists could do a series based on this story. I would be happy to write the text if there were pictures to write too. Attached are some pics that give and idea of the scene.
View attachment 1011730The court at Knossos was luxurious. They had running water and flushing toilets. Men wire brief kilts and women voluminous skirts with bare breasts.
View attachment 1011727The bull dancers danced almost nude, both sexes wearing just the brief kilts and jewellery. In this fresco the dark figure is male and the pale female. The women would have been small breasted and athletic, like modern gymnasts
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I'm not sure whether the book is still available. The title was "The King Must Die." It inspired my choice of avatar.
Maybe you do add a shadow for the Slavegirl. That would be perfect.Another slavegirl fantasy in collaboration with Sclava / Keigera of Deviant Art.
The full story by Sclava is on my DA page. I made an alternative picture for this one, after a remark by a fan that the first girl did not look Egyptian...
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Sclava's tragic tale reads in an objective, documentary style, and yet there is tension and suspense in her desperate attempt to escape and remain hidden. This contrasts with her submission after capture, and the initial illustration evokes the sense of sadness and reflects the sudden loss of family, friends and freedom.
Yes, I like the stance and expression of #2, conveying to me a mixture of anxiety and determination.The mood is slightly different in the second version. The new figure has strong chiaroscuro, which is arguably more suitable for the strong lighting of the background. She also has simpler bindings, which seem more convincing, and is located nearer to the centre of the composition.
Gerome's slave market paintings are proving very popular with manip artists, and this is one which you have employed to good effect previously. The brickwork of the background has been extended to conceal the original figures, and several components have been inserted, including separate collars for the girls, and the short shift on the right hand figure (a clothing item which also appeared in 'The Hostage (2)').