Yuenü (literally the Lady of Yue) first appears in the ‘Commentary of Zuo’, which was written in the Warring States Period, by Zuo Zhuan. The text develops the story behind the entries in the ‘Autumn and Spring Annals’ and is the most famous and accepted of the historic narratives of such kind, while there being disagreements in the extent of veracity of its reports.
The account tells during the Autunm and Spring Period of China, the king Goujian of Yue invited a woman from the Southern Forest whom was known for her sword skills. The woman told had learned such skills by herself, as a necessity of living in the forest and made the first known exposition of swordsmanship fundaments, which for her was based in the yin yang concept, she explained one have to maintain calm while developing strength. Impressed the king ordered for her to train his commanders and gave her the title of Lady of Yue.
There are more relates of female warriors at that age in China, even with more likelihood, but Yuenü is the base of many swordswomen in the chinese novels of the sequent centuries and even in the modern wuxia movies.
Ulrika Stålhammar (1688-1733) and her sisters were left bankrupt and fated to convenience marriages with the death of their father. Ulrika then ran away from home dressed in her father clothes and eventually enlisted in the Sweden army, under the name of Wilhelm Edstedt. Like that she served for 13 years being promoted to corporal.
At the meantime she met Maria Lönnman, a maid for whom she fell in love and ended up marrying. All that would end years later when one of Ulrika sisters discovered her, pressed, Ulrika confessed her “crimes” to the government.
As at the 18th century Sweden crossdressing and homosexuality were punishable by death, Ulrika asked for consideration of her service to the crown. Helping as background influence, she came from a city with a well known story of a woman, also called Ulrika, who led her people in the absence of men under the war. These factors plus the couple statements vowing never have had sex, but just a “pure love”, somehow worked into freeing both after short imprisonment. Ulrika and Maria lived separated after that but exchanged love letters till the end.
Did this sketch months ago. Well, looks like never gonna happen…
Also, I had this random idea two nights ago, ‘what if Diana wore a more modern military attire?’. Kind of an aviator+princess concept? well, random but it was fun to imagine. =)
Since the image of Gal Gadot was revealed I was itching to try an armored Wonder Woman, so… here it is.
I chose a more hoplite style of painted cuirass and general look.
A quick sketch cause everything in this comic is beyond adorable. =3
Waiting for wednesday.
Just a heads up, cause I reorganized my Deviantart after a long time and also opened a new Tumblr. The last one is a long overdue personal project to illustrate women from all over History (including mythological beings). If you feel like checking it up you can find the links on the menu. =)
Finally colored it. Need to catch up on Sailor Moon btw…
Happy belated birthday!