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Ladies Of Mystery + CONTEST by princefala Ladies Of Mystery + CONTEST by princefala

Wow. I honestly didn't expect anyone to get this, let alone so quickly. That's the last time I underestimate people, I suppose :P In any case, the winner is Sevvietwice who guessed it on my LiveJournal. Though technically, TokiUsagi guessed it first, she has decided to gracefully bow out, seeing as she has a great deal of my original work already (she is where my old fanart goes to die). Congrats to Sevvie and kudos to the several (!) who guessed it correctly after her (I'll get working on that picture for you asap, dear!). For the others, the answer is as follows;

These two ladies can be seen in Mystery! a live-action British drama series. More accurately, they can seen in the opening credits, which, unlike the rest of the series, are actually animated, drawn in the style of the late Edward Gorey. The woman in lilac can be seen dancing amongst a crowd of others whilst the lady with headdress looks on, enigmatically gesturing toward us, the audience, as her fan depicts a scene in which a boat begins with two occupants and ends with one. Although they're just there for aesthetics and aren't actual characters, really, for now, I'm going to call these two Narsissca (bat wings) and Francesca (lilac dress). The whole opening credit sequence is really, REALLY awesome, and I love all of the female figures shown in it. I'd like to draw the others some time as well.

In any case, thanks every one for guessing and commenting ^_^ I'll leave the initial post up below, just for grins :P

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. . . That's right, I said a contest.

It's very simple. Tell me what series these two characters are from. If you're the first one to guess it correctly, I'll make you a free picture. However, don't get your hopes up, because this is probably the most obscure fanart I can think of. Here are a few hints;

1. They are animated characters, however the series they appear in is live-action.
2. They look quite different in their original context; The animation in the original is highly stylised, modelled after that of a very famous illustrator.
3. The series originated in the United Kingdom several years ago, but still airs very occasionally overseas.
4. There are a few mistakes in the character design here, seeing as I was working from memory as I drew this; The bat wings should be quite a bit larger on the one woman's headdress and the other woman's sash/shawl thingie should have some sort of tassel/fring on the end.
5. Seeing as, again, the original character designs appear in a style very different from my own, the most obvious resemblance lies in the colourscheme.
6. They have no names that I know of and they never speak during their very brief appearance in each episode. In addition, though I did manage to dig up one very small image of the woman in lilac, there are otherwise absolutely NO images available online of these two (I worked on part of this whilst watching a segment that I happened to have on an old tape) So, yer, don't even bother trying to google it :P
7. I've given you a MASSIVE hint already, if you know where to look :P

Well, there you are, then. In a week or so, I'll reveal the answer. Till then, happy guessing ^_^
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Wow... I REALLY like this. I have no idea what show ur talking about, but this pic makes me wanna watch it. I luv Narsissca's eyes and I like the way you made Francesca have a REAL woman's build instead of the normal super-model look u usually see on animated woman. And you pulled it off without making her look chubby, which is hard to do. Keep up the wonderful work (especially on the Kurt x Todd, Yum!)!! =^_^=
phanaton Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005
Weirdly, after finding out from the lucky correct guesser what show this was, I was able to find a picture of the bat-headdressed woman, but NOT the one in lilac.

And this contest is now giving me all kinds of inspiration... I just wish I was anywhere near as talented as you are.
princefala Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005
Ooooh, share, please? I'd really love to have a picture of her seeing as she is ace beyond all reason.

And thank you so much for the compliment. I've found that beauty comes with inspiration, so I'm sure you'll produce something fabulous ^_^
phanaton Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Aieee, I'm sorry, Fala! I thought I had already responded to this....
Anyway, it's just an etching on a bit of merchendise, but it was still kind of cool to see who you were drawing. Here's the link: [link]

Thanks for compliments as well. You're one of my artistic heros, so hearing something like that from you really made my day.
Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
Beautiful work.
sketch-chan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
They are Edward Gorey characters from the opening animated sequence of Mystery! on PBS.
hopelessshade Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
oh my god... you're right! i love that opening! (i am allowed to say this, right? since that lucky person on livejournal already got it...)
TokiUsagi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
*having a complete gigglefit* Thank you, parentals for making me watch this show. Much love for M*****y and its G***y-animation.
princefala Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
Eh heh, that's you guessing it correctly, then I assume?

Sorry, dear, but I do believe someone on Livejournal has beat you to it. Noble effort, though ^_^
ElizabethB Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
Na-na-na-na-na-na BAT HAIR!

I got nothin'. I'm guessing that her fan is some sort of tip-off, but I'm totally at a loss. Gorgeous picture, though, even as a stand-alone.
Anubis-Admirer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is an incredibly stunning peice! Great job on the fabric, and the ladies are simply splendid! The expressions are amazing!
bonnieslashfiend Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
If you hadn't have told me earlier I would never have guessed. Out of procrastication and for the sake of a challenge - I googled - and found a decorative box featuring a decent image of the bat lady.

I love this picture, it's gorgeous. I could stare at the shading for ages. The pink lady's right arm is a bit stiff/awkward looking though.
moonmaster Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
well, the only solution is (the peanut butter solution) ^_^ not really, but I may just have to pillage your video collection to find the answer... MUHAHAHAHA

Peace out Prince!
kyria Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005  Professional General Artist
I can't guess. xD but i like the inking especially. 8D
Hybrid-Connection Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
Damn you... I hate girls in the media (and in general mostly) and I'm only a slave to the cartoons on TV...
Grrrr. Now I'm all frustrated from all the thinking I had to do...
ko0ri Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
I have no idea, either, but you drew this beautifully. :)
musachan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
Sadly, I have no idea. I just know this is sexy as hell o.o :heart:
aleyed Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
No idea, but I'm really intrigued now. I super-duper want to know. Oh, and great piece as usual (duh, it's you) :heart:
jmk1999 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
hmm... i don't know since i'm not from the UK, but that's a pretty awesome drawing. good job. :)
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