GATHERERS, another new one for SooJin Buzelli at PlanSponsor. This is for an article about how healthcare and retirement planning can work in unison.
I liked all my sketches for this, though, as usual, only one of them actually works for the prompt. It usually takes me a bit to really suss out the core of the article. There’s a balance that the working sketch strikes that none of the others do.
When these projects pop up, and I can more or less draw anything, as long as it relates back to the topic, I almost always try to exhaust whatever current topic my mind is focused on, before trying different subject matter. Last time it was knights, this time it was strange animals.
I usually get a lot of color advice from Kali, but she had a bigger hand in this one than usual. Pretty much steered the whole ship for a little while.
This Persian straight sword is known as a ‘Revival sword’, due to the fact this type of sword reviving the use of 15th Century style Islamic straight swords.
The example is larger than most, with a blade forged from Wootz Damascus, with a central panel on each side containing intricately chiselled Quaranic verses. The forte chiselled with Qajar style animal scenes.
Both sides gold inlaid in Persian ‘Sultan (Al) Sultan Akbar Shah’, attributing the sword to the reign of Persian King, Nasr al Din Shah (1848-1896). The hilt of stylistic form, with drooping monster head quillions, and etched quaranic cartouches.
The concept of “Islamic weaponry” features this unique example of that category, known among collectors as the “Persian revival sword”.
Confusion arises largely from categories (such as “Islamic”) imposed by writers without proper understanding of the sword’s form, function, and historical context.
Whoah oops how did this get here. Yep that’s right, I’m hoping right on the captainhanni train
I imagine Belial is just a big dog who groans a lot and likes getting his belly scratched
W-WAIT - i have a train?? LIL OL ME HAS A TRAIN???? wAH !! well THANKS for hopping on the train, i LOVE THIS WOW *m* ohhhh man THAT LITTLE HEADCANON THOUGH wheres that photoset of giant dogs trying to be lapdogs IT HAS BELIAL WRITTEN ALL OVER IT, i need to draw this right now aaaaaaaaaaa thank you!!!!