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Plague Doctor Armour by Valentine-Borgia Plague Doctor Armour by Valentine-Borgia
I built this costume last year for my art class. It's based off both the beaked outfits worn by doctors during the black plague and the bodies of the fleas that carried the plague from house to house.
Its made completely from felt and burlap and had to be stitched completely by hand because my sewing machine is crap.
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Omny87 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I'm diggin' this. Though I have to ask- what's the bulge in the belly supposed to be?
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Everyone asks me about the belly lol, it links in with my theme for that art folio which was 'armour in all its forms', thus the belly is based on the concept of the womb being a kind of 'human armour'. The rest of the armour is based around the forms of medieval german and italian armours as well as insect and arachnid bodies and exoskeletons.
Sorry for the late reply too btw
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SerkV Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Wow. Venecian Doc.
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MariaCalavera Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's absolutely beautiful!
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
LOL i must say, i've heard it described a lot of ways since i made it, but this is the first time anyone's said it was beautiful :)
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blacksmiley Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Would you mind if i use your design for a character concept? Not a copy ofc, just a refference picture, because i really like how you combined the stuff.
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Sure, but would you be able to send/show me the finished thing just so i can see what you've done with it? :)
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blacksmiley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Sure! Here's the finished piece :pointr: [link] . The only thing that might be alike your costume are the pants, because i really liked the design :aww:
Thank you!
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
OOOOH nice :) happy you liked my work, yours looks great ^^
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blacksmiley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
I really do like it! It's a concept i never seen before, something different from the classic long cape that covers everything.
Thank you too! :huggle:
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Bitofaninkling Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Woah, this is awesome. I love things that are based on history!
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
nawww thank you, most of what i do is inspired by historical art and architecture :)
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Bitofaninkling Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
What else do you do? You don't have many pictures up here.
Also, what's the bulge at the belly (?) for?
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
lol, i know, i had another account with a lot of my past work on it, although i deleted it a while ago and i haven't gotten around to uploading the rest of my stuff yet. I do a lot of drawings and copperplate etchings and i also do a lot of fabric experiments and sculpting.
Everyone asks me about the belly lol, it links in with my theme for that art folio which was 'armour in all its forms', thus the belly is based on the concept of the womb being a kind of 'human armour'. The rest of the armour is based around the forms of medieval german and italian armours as well as insect and arachnid bodies and exoskeletons.
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Bitofaninkling Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I recognised the Plague Doctor part of it, and the medieval armour, and the insect like nature of it. Thought it was awesome. The womb part is an interesting idea. I'm so jealous that you know how to make that sort of thing, and had a chance to make it.

Do it, upload! I'd love to see some copperplate etchings, particularly!

I'm only just learning how to draw, myself. I've always been too nervous to do it, worried that I'd stuff it up. Which was completely counter productive, I know.

Hope you don't mind me messaging, I'm feeling a bit lonely tonight. /insecure. lol
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Sorry for the mega late reply, i've been really down for a while and haven't felt like doing much other than sleeping lol

As for your own drawings and you getting nervous about doing them, my trick is to just let my ideas flow onto the page and to not edit anything until the end.

I don't mind messaging at any time, although again i'm sorry for the slow reply
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Allaphaidole Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That......is so cool I could explode. :iconexplosionplz:
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
why thank you my dear, that was the general intended reaction
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The-Shadow-Haunter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Harlequin and Plague Doctor? Nice work!
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
thank you and sorry for the late reply
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The-Shadow-Haunter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's okay! :D
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TransylvanianRose Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic!! I wouldn't want to see that in my final days of being plague ridden...
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Valentine-Borgia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
lol thanks, I'm glad to hear you like it
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