Queen of Hearts by Soulspline
Soulspline

Queen of Hearts

by Soulspline in Conceptual Works

another quick drawing of the installment version of my "alice"

i can only explain as much i can write here - apparently i cant write anything - i can only express my vision on the imagery of the queen - pls feel free to write about what you can see on what am i saying thru this lines...

related deviations
comp-- http://soulspline.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d374smd

alice - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/art/American-Mcgee-s-Alice-58308262?q=gallery:soulspline/251206&qo=69

white rabbit - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/art/American-Mcgee-s-White-Rabbit-58830064?q=gallery:soulspline/251206&qo=68

hatter - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/art/American-Mcgee-s-mad-hatter-59390804?q=gallery:soulspline/251206&qo=67

dum and dee - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/art/American-Mcgee-s-Dum-and-dee-157550590?q=gallery:soulspline/251206&qo=12

chesire - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/art/American-Mcgee-s-cheshire-187044776?q=gallery:soulspline&qo=1

caterpillar - http://soulspline.deviantart.com/gallery/31284785#/d384usa


- Notes
The Queen is believed by some to be a caricature of Queen Victoria, with elements of reality that Dodgson felt correctly would make her at once instantly recognizable to parents reading the story to children, and also fantastical enough to make her unrecognizable to children.
Her identity was hammered home for the purposes of popular culture in the 1966 live-action film, where she and the King of Hearts are portrayed without any attempt at fantasy, or disguise as to their true natures or personality.
The Queen may also be a reference to Queen Margaret of the House of Lancaster. During the Hundred Years’ War, also known as the War of the Roses, a red rose was the symbol of the House Lancaster. Their rivals, the House of York, had a white rose for their symbol. The gardeners' painting the white roses red may be a reference to these two houses.

The Red Queen is commonly mistaken for the Queen of Hearts in the story's predecessor, Alice in Wonderland, but in reality shares none of her characteristics other than being a queen. Indeed, Carroll, in his lifetime, made the distinction between the two Queens by saying:

I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion - a blind and aimless Fury.
The Red Queen I pictured as a Fury, but of another type; her passion must be cold and calm - she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree, the concentrated essence of all governesses! "
-L.Carroll

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  • MichaelJohn

    MichaelJohn

    That she is the woman of my dreams... But, it is mine to give her a smile because right now she is kinda stern.

    Aug 1st, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      nice there :) - and what do you see on the lines? or am i hiding something on the lines itself?

      Aug 2nd, 2011 Reply
  • Garapan

    Garapan

    Off with his head! I love the intro and the info. It makes the design have more meaning and the image takes on persona.

    Jul 30th, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      what do you think i mean on the drawing?

      Aug 1st, 2011 Reply
    • Garapan

      Garapan

      Without referring back to your notes, I got the sense that this is the Red Queen, a blood thirsty demented being, whose catch phrase was 'Off with his head!", and fashioned somewhat upon the inspiration to the playing card's Red Queen who is inspired by English Queens, namely Victoria or one other. I believe the symbolism is a "terminator" like coldness toward bloodshed and the execution by authority of any who do not toe the part line, and in a personal sense, plain heartlessness or indifference to suffering. Past that I would have to go back and read your notes again because I'm sure my memory fails me here,lol!

      Aug 1st, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      VERY nicely said there- bravo.... and what do you see on the lines? or am i hiding something on the lines itself?

      Aug 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • Garapan

      Garapan

      I am looking. I have yet to see it, but now that you've said it there did seem more than just symmetry in the lines. I'll be back.

      Aug 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      :) heheheh good :)

      Aug 3rd, 2011 Reply
    • Garapan

      Garapan

      I still can't see it. I'm not that perceptive I suppose. I somewhat imagine I see a spider, like a black widow but I can't be sure.

      Sep 6th, 2011 Reply
  • MichaelJohn

    MichaelJohn

    She is really something else isn't she. Perfection... God like, eh?

    Jul 30th, 2011 Reply
  • MichaelJohn

    MichaelJohn

    This is a great one. I am going to spend some time writing a piece on this one. There is soooo much symbolism here. It is perfect in so many ways. I just hope that by writing what I do I can bring at least a slight smile to her face. :)

    Jul 30th, 2011 Reply
  • QuakerNinja

    QuakerNinja

    wow lot of good research. This looks awesome.

    Jul 30th, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      merci - and what do you think i mean on the piece?

      Aug 1st, 2011 Reply
    • QuakerNinja

      QuakerNinja

      It's hard to judge at this stage because it's a quick sketch. Most of the depictions of Alice are from before her encounter with the queen, or the Disney version, The only version I know of with a more adult Alice would be from Alan Moore's Lost Girls book or where Carroll has a few notes. She's a character of imagination. She could be anything you want. For a critique, I would say I'm unclear what she is holding in her right hand, the two down and outward facing lines coming off the sides of her head point my attention away from the main flow of the drawing, and over all line weight needs to be added for balance and focus. It's a good study.

      Aug 1st, 2011 Reply
    • Soulspline

      Soulspline

      i have something on those lines thats why its like that :) can you see what i am hiding? - rather just to look at the meaning of the art? - there is something there :)also the lines on her head and that thing on the right hand - ( the whole art is just the queen nothing more - but the lines hides something..... im quite surprised or happy that few can only spot what i really tell on the story of the lines :) ) - one day ill make a contest about that - but MERCI merci on your post

      Aug 2nd, 2011 Reply