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Finding the Queen by scarlet-dragonchild Finding the Queen by scarlet-dragonchild
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I started out wanting to try out Steampunk combined with traditional Indonesian elements, but at some point my mind sort of ran off with the idea and I ended up having way too much fun with little symbols and stuff.

The five gears in the center of the picture ended up representing Pancasila - the five basic principles of Indonesia : The cotton and paddy for social justice, the Bull's head for democracy, the Tree for unity, the Chain for humanity, and the Star for belief in God. In Indonesian lore, the nation is often referred to as 'Ibu Pertiwi' or 'Mother Earth', thus our journey of truly finding her :)

Hope you enjoy! :D

At the end of your journey, you will find yourself in the halls of the Queen.

Some calls her the Mother. Some calls her Prativi, like the earth herself. Some says she watches over the land since the dawn of time, holding the soil and water of our home close to her heart. And still some others scoffs and denies that she exists at all.
Yet there she is before you, and she beckons you to come closer.

You will kneel before her and kiss her hand.
And she will give you five things.

A bale of cloth and rice, for you to use and share with all who journey with you
The horn of a bull, to call upon your kin in hours of need
The seed of a mighty tree, to plant and one day shelter ones you love
A garland of chains, to remind you that everyone you meet are equal parts of the same circle
And a shard of the sky, to light and guide your way in the darkest of places.

The Queen will say that finding her is not the end of your journey. It is merely a beginning. And these things, these five things are for you to keep and use as you continue on. Use them well. Keep them close to your heart.

She then smiles and whispers.
"I believe in you"
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:icongaurrohit:
GaurRohit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Beautiful!!
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mks5958 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
One of my very favorite pieces of artwork on DA. Every time I see it, I like it more.  Thank you!  :-)
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Indigo-Moon-Shadow Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! There is so much meaning to it. Thank you for explaining it all.
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Not only are the colors and details beautiful, this picture does what all good pictures do--it tells a story.
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:iconnorisis:
norisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Your art work is truly incredible, thank you for sharing.
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AmonymousMe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is just wonderful. And it's done with traditional art, I can only imagine how satisfying it was to lose yourself in this. I'm jealous of your talent and imagination.
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Low-rain Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! ♥
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:iconelstraaya:
elstraaya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is such a brilliant combination. For the record I adore the way you draw roots and tree trunks and long dresses.
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thank you for the invitation :)
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure and thanks for the accept. If you want feel free to join us!!! :love:
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CyberCorvo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
fantastic! I love the composition, colours, dress and umbrella
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:iconhumantyphoon89:
humantyphoon89 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super sekali
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
This is wonderful! :D
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:iconalmostconceptartist:
almostconceptartist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
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:iconjumonjie:
jumonjie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Super kereenn kyaa <3
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:iconminkcy:
Minkcy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Batikkk...!!!
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's a pretty cool marriage between a lot of interesting symbols and styles. As always, well done.
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:icongudruna:
gudruna Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
beautiful
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:iconarcalian:
Arcalian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
LOVELY!
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Reku-maku Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Kereeeen :la:
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:iconcrevi:
crevi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for drawing again! Your work is so beautiful :heart:
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
And thank you for dropping by again :) It is much appreciated
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crevi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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HeartofaWriter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please finish this! I mean the story, not the drawing, that's amazing. Even as a teeny little excerpt, there's such potential!
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
The story is actually about Pancasila, or the five basic principles of my country Indonesia. It was actually just a weird symbolic parable to nudge people to 'find' the meaning behind it (now sort of muddled up and forgotten among globalization and many other things) and just...use it. It's not for show or some old dead icon, haha. But yeah, I guess if one were to make a full story about it it would be great! (I'm a hopeless writer though, and that's why I draw ^^;)

But thank you so much for dropping by! :)
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing coloring and details!:heart:
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Aramisdream Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like this, and I luv steampunk ^^
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AllegroRubato Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
My o my
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FreedomIsNow Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
hmm Pancasila
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Tsuki-cho Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Beautiful! Simply marvelous. I love the earth tones, it makes everything seem softer and more...well... natural. Like the natural order of things. And as I am a huge fan of symbolism, I like the backstory just as much as the art.
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thank you so much! <3
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jobagjumping Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awsome
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Auronyth Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice! Love the concept, pallet and composition.
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:iconazamraharjo:
AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
duh aku jadi pengen bikin fanart arcanum
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:iconscarlet-dragonchild:
scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Bikin, bikin!
Pengen loh, bikin kayak artbook rame-rame gitu yang isinya steampunk berbau Indonesia
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tunggu aja deh. Pasti bikin. Steampunk (yang nggak terlalu gothic dan nggak terlalu dark) itu sangat menginspirasiku je.
Btw, aku main Arcanum lagi. Bikin professional knife thrower. That feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeling of shroud hills, tarant, random metal mechanism and gadgets. Love it :)

Kamu mainin theme song Arcanum dong sama kwartetmu =p
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