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Shestine Umbrella by silver-eyes-blue Shestine Umbrella by silver-eyes-blue
This is my entry for "Local Folklore" contest at :icontraditional-artists:.

Warning: long description ahead. But pleeeeaaaase read it before commenting, yes? :D

This one was a challenge. One look at my gallery and you will know why. XD

I've been living in Germany for two years now, but with =JLDragonfly's blessing, I chose to depict something from my homeland, Croatia. I love living in Germany and all, but deep inside I will forever be a little Croatian girl. ^^

At first I wanted to depict some of our slightly-horroristic legends, but the crappy weather and mood swings (lol) made me wish to draw something more positive. I thought about Zagreb, my hometown and the capital of Croatia, and tried to think of something very typical for the city. And then it hit me - RED UMBRELLAS! :XD:

The typical red umbrellas with colorful lines around the edge. You can see them at the Dolac market (an open air marketplace) as well as in all the souvenir shops and whatnot. They are called "Shestine umbrellas" because they were first created and carried by people from the neighborhood called Shestine.

Here is an amazing photo by ~Simunjak featuring the Dolac market and the Zagreb Cathedral in the background:

There is a cute little legend about how those umbrellas came into existence, but it was difficult to find it documented somewhere online. In English, it was impossible. Finally, I was lucky enough to stumble across this blog entry: [link]

Unfortunately, it is in Croatian - AND a dialect, too, so you will probably nor understand much. But here is the entire translation in my journal: [link]

And this is the most important part:
Shestine umbrella is a part of the Shestine traditional costume, which is typical for the area surrounding Zagreb. The costume was worn until the 1960-ies, after which it slowly disappears from everyday life.
The traditional costume is nowadays usually worn during various festivities or celebrations, and most of all for folklore purposes.

The Shestine umbrella however remained a recognizable souvenir from Zagreb. And this is the truth. But that is all they write about the Shestine umbrella. Many do not even know what Shestine umbrellas look like.
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Now, there are cheap, small, multi- or solid-colored umbrellas, and not many still know how beautiful the red Shestine umbrella is, with its wooden handle, like a sun surrounded by a rainbow.

Yes, that is right, a rainbow spilled across the sun to color the rain. At the beginning, it was just an ordinary umbrella, like any other. Black, dark and dull, for that is what all the umbrellas were like. They served only one purpose to protect the people of Shestine from rain and wind, that is why the umbrellas were so large. The legend says that things remained this way, until one day young Jankic came to tell his dear Janica that he loved her. Protected from the rain under the big black umbrella, the young man swore true and eternal love to his loved one. Their lips met, and the color of their love colored the umbrella red. From that happy day on, the previously black and unsightly umbrella turned into a beautiful red one.


So, in my drawing, I depicted the moment when Jankic's and Janica's umbrella turned bright red. :D Yay for mushy, romantic stories!

Jokes aside, romance always played an important part in Croatian stories, so I thought this legend was very representative. :)

CLOTHES:
Clothes of the couple correspond with one of the versions of the Zagreb traditional costumes. :) For more pictures: [link]

BACKGROUND:
The "shape" of the neighborhood in the background was inspired by the Stone Gate in Zagreb: [link]

But no image was used directly as reference.


Why are all the other figures black and stylized? Because - as the story says - all the other umbrellas were initially black. And for the couple, I feel that everyone else would have been unimportant. ^^ (Seriously, do you pay attention to anyone else when with the one you love?)

Pose reference: [link]

Other deviations by other people featuring Shestine umbrella:
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Media:
- 2H pencil for sketch
- watercolors (Pelikan and Winsor & Newton)
- colored pencils (Faber Castell - Colors of Nature)
- white ink (Copic)
- scan put together and contrast in the scan fixed a tad in Photoshop --> nothing else was done digitally!

Paper:
- watercolor paper 300 g/m2 (140 lbs)

Size: 30 x 40 cm (12' x 16')

Time: 18 hours

***Wanna commission me? See whether I am open for commissions: [link] , or simply send me a note. ***
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beverlyread Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I love this! Do you have the print and/or note cards for sale? Beverly Read, curator CroatiaFest, Seattle, Washington
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, I don't, I never made any. ^^; The only thing I have is the original drawing.
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beverlyread Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Hi, I love this. Do you have note cards? Thanks, Beverly Prkacin Read, curator CroatiaFest, Seattle, Washington
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eschlehahn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Hi there! :wave:


As a special prize winner of the Local Folklore contest, you have been featured in my journal [link]

My feature comes late, I apologise for that - somehow real life got in the way :ninja:

Congratulations! :winner:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and don't worry, a feature is always welcome! :D
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eschlehahn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
:aww:
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Alexis-Lockheart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This pic is very nice, the coloration is beautiful ad the background is amazing, also the story is very cute, you made a great work :)
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Šestinski kišobran :D
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, da, da. :D
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Suanin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on being picked as the Special Prize Winner in #Traditional-Artists's Local Folklore Contest! :clap:
I featured your entry, as well as three other works from your gallery, in my journal: [link] :aww:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :glomp:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awe, simply beautiful and what a wonderful story! Love the way your presented it too and congrats on being a special prize winner!
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart: You are too kind!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries. Well deserved
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
CONGRADULATIONS!!! This is *rinaswan's Special Prize Winner in the :icontraditional-artists: Local Folklore CONTEST!!! :la:

:winner:Special Prize Won:winner:
:bulletorange: A 3 Month Subscription from *rinaswan!
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, I am very happy! :D

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful contest! :D I wish I had had more free time to dedicate to my entry, still it was a wonderful experience which taught me a lot. ^^
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i was sooo happy to see she picked yrs, dear! :hug:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee hee, thanks. ^^ It was definitely something different for me, lol.
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WeBothLoveCheese Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
aw how romantic :) I love your traditional pieces, and while I la la LOVE sailor moon.. i really love traditional works that aren't sailor moon as well :)
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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akito-ash Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
hooray for romantic stories!!! that's actually a pretty cute story^^
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Sugar-Senshi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Awww how very cute!
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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elila Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, that is the most adorable story I've heard in a long time! :love: And the illustration is so cute! :3
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, dear! :hug:
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow...an ordinary item with a very interesting tale. Well-done! Good luck in the contest! :heart:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :floating: :heart: :floating:
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radiant-suzuka Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
It looks beautiful! :D
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ^^
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
This is beautiful.
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
You're welcome.
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The-Rainbow-Faerie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   General Artist
That's such a beautiful story! And you depicted it so well! Trully amazing! :clap:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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The-Rainbow-Faerie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   General Artist
:D
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Paprika-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a lovely story with a romatic art piece to go with it. Lovely work hun!
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Khalija Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
This story is just sooo cute :D
And your illustration is, too :heart:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ^^
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sailorangel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful - story and image! :heart:
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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inkscribble Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
What a cute story! And the piece is totally sweet! Best of luck!
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^ I totally died while working on it. XD
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inkscribble Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
How so? Hand still giving you grief?
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, just the fact that I don't normally do backgrounds. XD
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inkscribble Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Aaaaah, right. :D
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