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The Grand Faux Pas by EthicallyChallenged The Grand Faux Pas by EthicallyChallenged
Les Tourelles 1429. France is in Turmoil as war rages across the land. Joan of Arc, the charismatic French teenager travels to the English controlled city with the intention of resolving the conflict by peaceful negotiation. However, the hopes of peace are shattered by a cruel twist of fate. On the wall of the stronghold guarding the bridge, a young noble English lady (name unknown), famed for her passion for hunting, warfare, armour and all other things martial, spots Joan down below. Some sources indicate she was heard screaming in rage "THAT BITCH IS WEARING THE SAME OUTFIT AS MINE!" before snatching a bow from the nearest archer and sending an arrow into Joan's neck/shoulder area. The incident sparked an armed assault (won by the French) and caused the war to continue for many years ahead. The phenomenon of irrational awkwardness and aggression between two women wearing the same outfits at social events is known even today and is sometimes still recognised by the phrase "to pull a Tourelles".
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The Grand Faux Pas by EthicallyChallenged is a fantastic historical digital painting with superb attention to detail. The artist displays an expert knowledge of colour and light. The artist is also extremely well-informed on historical events, which can be seen by reading the various descriptions included on each art piece. ( Suggested by CindyAA and Featured by diphylla )
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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wangssq Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Super my god~
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Swafdrunir Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
haha - a historical fact that should be more widespread among red-carpet reporters, so they could drop lines such as:

"Ah, look at Cameron up there, i bet, if she´ll discover that young debutant in "her" dress later, she´ll let her feel like Joan of Arc - too bad, she´d pulled a Tourelles, today!"
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giovanino Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow your talent .
I am in the scene, can feel the action.
super work.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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PaulineMoss Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Extraordinary detail! :clap:  Congratulations! :love:
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Valadix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I assume this arrow didn't kill her, then? I thought Joan of Arc was burned at the stake? :confused:
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Yep, that's right.
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Valadix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought so. What a fascinating story! Thanks for sharing it...and your gorgeous art as well. =D
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you, and if you liked the story you should also check out my other historical pictures and their descriptions ;]
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Valadix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty, I shall do just that! ;p
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WithersandWings Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is remarkable!
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jjungg Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
Congratulations on the well-deserved DD~ :D Very nice depiction. :D Hm. I didn't know about. Interesting~ //is referring to fact in description
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Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
This is amazing
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Ryuu-no-Hane Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Holy cow! This is amazing!
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CrazyWriter10 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! I love the colors, the poses, and the anatomy is great in this picture. The shading is exactly as it's supposed to be, and I can definitely get the feel of that chaotic battlefield. Lovely work!
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DaleCar Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!
The reflections on the armor are amazing.
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Ceoauthor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
joan of arc
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AxBunny Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
As beautiful as this artwork is I was probably just as amused by the description if not more. It deserves a fave for that alone!
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Amaranth7777 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Awesome work
I'm English so I'm kinda conflicted about faving this btw lol
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Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
*Fights the Temptation to Say an Arrow to the Knee Joke*
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TheLast-Shadow Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Awesome work!!! :)
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MenelausII Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
hahaha awesome piece and love the description 
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very amazing picture, and I loved reading the description XP
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Tohad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great work !
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:clap:
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This honestly is a gorgeous picture topped off by a hilarious description.
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gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Let the WAAAR rage OOOON!
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deepvision Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
 Keeping in mind, that Joan was not a noble, not a knight, and of course, not male. According to Camille Paglia, in her book 'Sexual Personae' (1997), Joan D'Arc was committing an act of transvestism across several divides. First, she was dressed out of her sex, second, she was dressed out of her station, and third, dressed far out of any traditional female occupation.

 While I might buy a fine suit, rent a new Jaguar and style myself a billionaire for all who might fall for the illusion, the equivalent act in Joan's time would likely get me severely punished, if not executed. Clothing then was a badge of social station and function in a rigidly defined social structure and not merely a random decoration, as it so often is in our own stringently egalitarian present.

...So the young English noblewoman's outrage likely had a vastly more nuanced meaning than the modern interpretation of wearing 'the same outfit'.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for that interesting comment, but...erm... you do know the whole description is a joke, right?
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deepvision Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Actually, I hadn't. I was apparently taken in by the verisimilitude with which you told your joke. Which, I must say, shows how really skilled you are...
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
:) I was just going for a parody, so all necessary conventions had to be followed. Thank you for the kind words. To be clear, the picture is for a historical publication and is normally accompanied by a real caption, but I like to amuse myself by writing my own version of the event. 
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Kone5497 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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froggywoggy11 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations. Keep up the brilliant work!
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Harryeagle Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Nice and full of detail! Congrats on the DD! :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Congratulations man!!!
It was about time. Really well done!
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
obrigadinho :) Dude, how are you by the way?
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Dobra robota.

Me, I'm fine! Just being a little lazy on the art business. Even though I still work with art, I have no more passion for the art business. Not that it is a bad thing. Actually it is quite good to acknowledge the role of a skill in your life, and it is clear to me that doing art is to be a hobby in my life, not the way of living. I am still pursuing the moment where I will only the things I enjoy, and let it go the necessity of having to do the things that kill the drive. Its all about making as much money as you need to achieve this spoiled state of mind. I am starting a company with some friends to produce casual apparel. Nothing very fancy, but since we have good contacts, it might lead to some good buck. Let's see what happen. 

How about you man? What are you doing? Still in the UK? You by the other hand, have been pretty busy with those historical illustration. Your discipline is contagious and your progress solid. Every single piece of art I see an improvement. Quite a gallery you are building up, ahn!

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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey man,

I actually think it's a really good way of looking at things. If you do art only as a hobby and not as a job, you relieve yourself of many burdens and creative constrains and are free to create anything you want and are passionate about. As a job, you mainly create what you're paid for and try to scramble some free time for personal projects. So I will keep my fingers crossed for your company, and let me know when I can buy some clothes from you - I'd wear them with pride :)

I'm still in the same town I was when we met and doing well. I am slowly achieving my dream of doing art full time. Actually I'm already there, painting Monday to Friday, but I still keep a weekend job as a safety net. I work on my skill when I can. Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you dig my stuff.
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Sure man! As soon as I produce something, I will send you some samples. Then I will be able to say I work to a multinational selling brand. hehe Thanks for the kind words.
Indeed, you are totally right about the burden of the art contract. I once thought I wanted to work with art no matter what. It took me quite some time to understand that it was not the case.
Not that I couldn't. I am still working only with art right now, but I decided that my art should be only mine, for my own spoiled, childish projects. =D Otherwise it would kill the passion for it. 
But I am very happy to know you are doing great with your goals, and still keeping the energy. Not an easy fight, brother.  
Without any doubt, I can say I easily see your work at the professional level. Its just a matter of making your own name on the industry in order to allow you to live exclusively on your illustrations.  

I am in Brazil at the moment. Wasting some time in such a miserable third world country. Every once in a while I manage to travel here and there. Been twice in the US. Its cheaper from here. Actually I'm planning to go again with my brother this year. Probably to NY, Was. and Boston. I am also cooking the idea of having a motorcycle trip across latin america, since I am stucked here for a while... There should be fun.

Have you seen, or talked to anybody from the lavender hill course? I miss those guys. Maybe in the future I will have some more courses there just for the fun. Good folks.  
But, honestly, I must say I started to hate traditional painting once I started painting with PS. Such a difference. 
Point to Dennis. That damn weird lab rat was right all the time. hehehe
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frenhines Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
oh man this is brilliant, st. joan is my favorite ever

the description i can't stop laughing
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING! STRONG HOLD CRUSADE 
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
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silverfang200 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Impressive.
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Belote-Art Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!  Congrats on the DD
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome use of story telling! This is indeed, a very well deserved DD and I do not say that often. Keep up the good work! 
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