1. 02:49 25th Mar 2014

    Notes: 49621

    Reblogged from la-sirena-morena

    Tags: referencewriting

    octoswan:

    I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

    (save the images to zoom in on the pics)

     
  2. 17:08 21st Mar 2014

    Notes: 5062

    Reblogged from robaemea

    Tags: reference picturesinspiration

    dynamicafrica:

    In Photos: “Signares” by Fabrice Monteiro.

    Exploring history and fashion along the west coast of Africa, for his series ‘Signares' Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro recalls a time in history where distinct cultures collided.

    As European traders and explorers began to ascend on Africa’s west coast around the 15th and 16th century, as these men where forbidden from bringing their families and wives from their home countries, they began to intermingle and intermarry with African women in the Senegambia region. As a result of these relations, many of these women began to orchestrate business dealings to their benefits “using these partnerships to bolster their socioeconomic standing and personal trading enterprises”. One signare in the 1770s from St Louis, Senegal, is noted to have been a property owner and dealer as she bought and sold property in Saint-Domingue, while “five other signares in Gorée signed a petition against a poorly run French company that had been awarded an exclusive contract with the island”. 

    Although these relations were not at first recognized by colonial and European authorities, it later became acceptable for Europeans living in Senegal to marry and have their descendants profit from these unions through heritage rights. Most of these women were considered to be of a high class and often married “middle-class executives or French and English aristocrats”. Naturally, a new sense of fashion was born as the women combined their own traditional styles with European attire at the time.

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    All Africa, All the time.

     
  3. cykeem white 

    (Source: modelingschool)

     
  4. 19:02 8th Jan 2014

    Notes: 181253

    Reblogged from pongoplease

    Tags: inspirationreference

    following-light:

    my-sweet-sansrival:

    People of Color


    Be proud for your own culture,  be proud for the color of your skin, be proud for who you are.

    Protect & respect your own beliefs, culture, traditions, origins, & morality because those are the ones that gives color and meaning to this world.

    Feminine beauty all around the world <3

     
  5. 17:11

    Notes: 85

    Reblogged from palaceofposey

    Tags: imaniartconcept art

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    palaceofposey:

Another clothing concept WIP. Definitely will add more detail to the bottom of her outfit.
Stylistically I know I probably need to get better range on the values, but I just really like the dark, earthy tones of Bògòlanfini (mudcloth)

    palaceofposey:

    Another clothing concept WIP. Definitely will add more detail to the bottom of her outfit.

    Stylistically I know I probably need to get better range on the values, but I just really like the dark, earthy tones of Bògòlanfini (mudcloth)

     
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    Jahari Maasa: Disciplined, cultured, and noble to a fault, the first son of one of the few high-born families from the defeated Western Realm. In another time and another place, he would have been considered nearly a prince. His father, Amadi Maasa, is a courtier and a representative of the refugees from his parents&#8217; homeland, a place Jahari has never seen himself.
[Clothing referenced from/inspired by North African Medieval Muslims]

    Jahari Maasa: Disciplined, cultured, and noble to a fault, the first son of one of the few high-born families from the defeated Western Realm. In another time and another place, he would have been considered nearly a prince. His father, Amadi Maasa, is a courtier and a representative of the refugees from his parents’ homeland, a place Jahari has never seen himself.

    [Clothing referenced from/inspired by North African Medieval Muslims]

     
  7. Things almost every author needs to research

     
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    palaceofposey:

(i put some underoos on them because their nudity seemed a lot more blatant in color)
Now that I’ve got the bodies roughed out I can finally play around with their clothing, probably sometime tomorrow

    palaceofposey:

    (i put some underoos on them because their nudity seemed a lot more blatant in color)

    Now that I’ve got the bodies roughed out I can finally play around with their clothing, probably sometime tomorrow

     
  9. image: Download

    palaceofposey:

I’ve been collecting reference photos for my theoretical poc high-fantasy story for months, but I’ve never put them to good use. So I figured, I’ve still got nearly a month off from school, I’m going to finally start exploring some character studies. Starting off with just their bodies for right now, trying to differentiate them with the use of this post as reference. They still look a little “same-y” though…
Also, I drew their backs first (I…don’t really remember why anymore) and then flipped them around and worked on their fronts and refined their look/shape/etc.

    palaceofposey:

    I’ve been collecting reference photos for my theoretical poc high-fantasy story for months, but I’ve never put them to good use. So I figured, I’ve still got nearly a month off from school, I’m going to finally start exploring some character studies. Starting off with just their bodies for right now, trying to differentiate them with the use of this post as reference. They still look a little “same-y” though…

    Also, I drew their backs first (I…don’t really remember why anymore) and then flipped them around and worked on their fronts and refined their look/shape/etc.

     
  10. 00:58 29th Dec 2013

    Notes: 26286

    Reblogged from pandamation

    Tags: reference picturesclothings

    leseanthomas:

    Mind-blowing oil paintings by Austrian/Jewish painter, LUDWIG DEUTSCH, LEON GEROME & RUDOLF ERNST in the late 1800s:
     The subject, “The Palace Guard” were depictions of North African medieval Muslims, THE MOORS, who settled in & ruled Northern Africa and invaded and conquered many parts of what we would now consider “Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, France & Southern Italy-ala Sicily)” for nearly 800 years, from as early as the 7th to the 15th century. Their profound, cultural legacy, influence & what they left behind( Such as the great monuments, the Alhambra and the Mezquita) is evident on modern day spanish architecture, art, music and traditions. All but ignored now largely by both Arab and European world history, The Moors played a significant role during the shaping of prehistory in their early settlement.