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Letters from Disreputable Aunt Amalda

This was my favorite of the things I made for artfeverfest. The prompts were Female Pirate/Mermaid, with a suggestion that the mermaid might save the pirate from drowning, Also mentioned: a sunset sea, and scary old fashioned siren type mermaids. I got carried away and ended up writing some letters as well as making pictures. (Under the cut: large images, probably not ideal for mobile viewing).


disreputableauntamalda-1.jpg

disreputableauntamalda-2-rescue.jpg


The perspective of the ship in the first pic is way off, but it kind of has to be to get everything in.  I'm not sure it was a good choice to do the text as a script font, but I tried it several ways and couldn't get it quite right.

Amalda's clothes are inspired by the historical pirate, Anne Bonny. The siren-mermaids were inspired by the oil painting "Ulysses and the Sirens" by Herbert James Draper, in which the sirens appear to grow legs as they come up out of the sea, and also by this Italian siren sculpture, where the siren (as often in old representations) is shown with two tails.

I have lots of thoughts about how Amalda became 'disreputable aunt Amalda' and how she left Uckfield and took to a life of piracy on the high seas, and possibly about her niece Jo, who will probably eventually run off to sea to join her.   I haven't written them down though.  Or not yet, anyway. 

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thesmallhobbit
21st Nov, 2016 16:20 (UTC)
Disreputable Aunt Amalda is brilliant. I wouldn't object if she went on further adventures.
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:21 (UTC)
I'm glad you like her! It would be fun to do more letters
alitheapipkin
21st Nov, 2016 16:38 (UTC)
This has just made my day :D

And yes, you should write that down and share it too!
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:24 (UTC)
Hurray! I'm so pleased you like it. I do like writing where you can do drawings as well.
topum
21st Nov, 2016 18:45 (UTC)
Haha, awesome. In the second picture Amalda looks like Tracy Emin to me.
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:26 (UTC)
She does! It's hard making the resemblance work across several pictures from different angles. I am practicing! Although you can kind of see Tracy Emin as a lady pirate somehow.
scripsi
21st Nov, 2016 19:33 (UTC)
I really like you making them into letters. Very fun!
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:47 (UTC)
Thank you!
timetiger
21st Nov, 2016 20:04 (UTC)
What a good and satisfying tale! And tail.

More, please?
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:48 (UTC)
I hope to do some more! I'm glad you liked it!
sally_maria
21st Nov, 2016 20:19 (UTC)
I really like this - the drawings are great, and disreputable aunt Amalda is a wonderful character. :-)
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:48 (UTC)
And very disreputable. ;-)
hhimring
21st Nov, 2016 21:45 (UTC)
Splendid!
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:48 (UTC)
Thank you!
el_staplador
22nd Nov, 2016 06:52 (UTC)
This is fabulous!
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 19:49 (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it!
puddleshark
22nd Nov, 2016 07:04 (UTC)
These are wonderful! I do hope Disreputable Aunt Amalda will have further adventures...
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 20:03 (UTC)
Thank you! I hope she will too!
nagi_schwarz
26th Nov, 2016 15:22 (UTC)
Oh man. So good! Her adventures are the best. Love that she sang back. Filthy shanties would definitely help.
bunn
27th Nov, 2016 20:03 (UTC)
The world needs more filthy shanties!
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