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A Steampunk A Thousand And One Nights

A fairytale character design challenge based on poll-results; a steampunk/magi-tech spin on the characters A Thousand And One Nights.

The story of A Thousand and One Nights is the story of one very cruel serial killer being disarmed and distracted by two incredibly brave women, until he finally agrees to stop delighting in murder.

For my steampunk reinterpretation, I decided to turn the tables slightly: rather than go quietly to her death, hoping that her stories may buy her time, one night at a time, Scheherazade agrees to the sham of a wedding just so she can get close enough to the monster to cut his throat. The stories she tells are just a misdirection, to keep Sharyarh's attention elsewhere while she and Dunyazad get close enough to draw the knife on him.

A bit less 'amuse the serial killer with stories', a bit more 'Artimicia Gentileschi's Judith and Holofernes'.

Scheherazade turnaround

Scheherazade turnaround

Scheherazade closeup

Scheherazade closeup

equipment and details

equipment and details

Dunyazad turnaround

Dunyazad turnaround

Dunyazad closeup

Dunyazad closeup

Sharyarh turnaround

Sharyarh turnaround

Sharyarh closeup

Sharyarh closeup

alternative costumes and sketches

alternative costumes and sketches

alternative costumes and details, Sharyarh

alternative costumes and details, Sharyarh

final illustration

final illustration