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Witches and Queens - Ikuhara's 3 Mothers by mementomoryo Witches and Queens - Ikuhara's 3 Mothers by mementomoryo
"The eldest of the three is named Mater Lachrymarum, Our Lady of Tears... Her eyes are sweet and subtle, wild and sleepy, by turns; oftentimes rising to the clouds, oftentimes challenging the heavens. She wears a diadem round her head. And I knew by childish memories that she could go abroad upon the winds, when she heard the sobbing of litanies or the thundering of organs, and when she beheld the mustering of summer clouds.

The second sister is called Mater Suspiriorum - Our Lady of Sighs. She never scales the clouds, nor walks abroad upon the winds... And her eyes, if they were ever seen, would be neither sweet nor subtle; no man could read their story; they would be found filled with perishing dreams, and with wrecks of forgotten delirium. But she raises not her eyes; her head, on which sits a dilapidated turban, droops for ever, for ever fastens on the dust.

But the third sister, who is also the youngest -! Hush, whisper whilst we talk of her! Her kingdom is not large, or else no flesh should live; but within that kingdom all power is hers... But this youngest sister moves with incalculable motions, bounding, and with tiger`s leaps. She carries no key; for, though coming rarely amongst men, she storms all doors at which she is permitted to enter at all. And her name is Mater Tenebrarum - Our Lady of Darkness."


- Thomas De Quincey, "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow", 1845.

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Holy shit, I cannot believe this is finally done. I slaved over it for three days straight, hardly sleeping. This, ladies and gents, is a psychological info dump in painting form. The colors are a little too bold or washed out in parts; I did what I could with the scan. :/

As I explained in an earlier post, this is a symbolist-style re-imagining of the three main heroines of Ikuhara Kunihiko's three most well-known works - Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Sailor Moon, and Mawaru Penguindrum.

The three heroines of each series are arranged in a kind of "triple goddess" or "three witches" (after Dario Argento's Three Mothers film mythos, influenced by De Quincey's above essay) motif - Anthy as crone/Mater Tenebrarum (black/indigo), Himari as maiden/Mater Suspiriorum (red/orange), and Usagi/Serenity as mother/"Mater Lachrymosum.

At the bottom of the painting is the face of Jeanne, the tortured witch-revolutionary character from the 70s soft core anime Kanashimi no Belladonna (NSFW/Trigger warning!), which Ikuhara listed as a huge inspiration for Utena's themes.

Pencils, watercolors, gold and silver ink, and Copics on illustration board. Characters copyright Ikuhara Kunihiko et al; artwork copyright me.

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"I envy those who can die. She cannot die. She simply lives on in agony."

"Why?"

"It is her punishment for taking the prince away from the girls of this world. They still tell the story even now. It is The Tale of the Rose."
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Witches and Queens - Ikuhara's 3 Mothers by *mementomoryo has a fantastic use of line, colour and movement that really draws the eye. ( Featured by Lyricanna )
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SCIIRapter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  New Deviant
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KaumiThomason Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful and powerful, I like how you added in Jeanne from BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (great anime film!) along with sharing about my favorite trilogy by Argento as for the quote. :)
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Marksmansam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
this is really cool
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monochromerain12 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I love everything about this! I'd be interested in a print of this too!
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OrangeLetters88 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing use of colors! Everything about this is amazing!
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PinkPlaidPants Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Is there any way to buy a poster of tihs? I love it soooo much. ;  v  ;
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dittobird Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
This is amazing! I would love to have this on my wall
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RShen-san Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Gorgeous! I love it!
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TheTygre Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
It's... It's... It's fucking -glorious-. I can't believe I never thought of this connection before. You're a visionary, a spectacular artist! This work is incredible, and you should be exceptionally proud of it! Simply and beautifully fantastic!
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SpeedyAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Beautiful!
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masterofhorr Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student
Suspira,, Inferno, & Mother of Tears
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AileanaTheFallen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so beautiful!
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automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, I love the hair !
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PinkPlaidPants Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
... Is it... possible to buy a poster of this? I'd very interested to do so, I adore it so much. <3
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missartsychic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Writer
Queen of day
Queen of night
Witch of dark
Witch of light
dare you doubt one queen's rule
your soul will bare witch's might....just something I came up with=3
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MasakiTakamura Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love color
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nokinno Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
Gotta love the colours! :la:
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Blake290383 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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hungryfornaruto Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
nice
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Elizabethsailor7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Epic.
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domi-shan-pl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, funny idea, i really like it, the best girl of them is blue one!
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TheGoonieKid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
pure beauty..
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
It is that side of the being once known as the Prince who keeps Anthy in pain. Though, she too keeps herself in pain by her strong desire to believe her brother is still whole and healthy.

Beautiful picture! :thumbsup:
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awesome work! The interpetation goes way beyond the realm of most fanart!! Your hard work has given birth to a masterpiece!!!!
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RahmaYuliaA Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :)
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aeriii Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i really like this piece :D although i don't really know the references, i love the integration of the three characters into one symbol, and the details are incredible ♥ you should be very proud of this piece ^ ^
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koochinko Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sunsilk shampoo wheee
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GilliamIvonLantford Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
haha
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Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I feel bad for immediately thinking of Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance and Chrysalis when seeing this ;u;''

No but seriously though. I freaking LOVE this.
The flowiness, the expressions, the colors.... Ahh <3
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MrNintendoFan54729 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
:iconcutestareplz: WOW
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Dariutssa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is so lovely!
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful. :3
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Pauline-chan02 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The epicness... In my favorites you go!

Good job, Very good job! :D
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Insanely glorious.
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ArteDiAmore Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
very nice :heart:
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SaccharineSweetheart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Writer
Awe inspiring, if I do say so myself.
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SerenaVampire734 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore how flowy and swirly everything is...it's gorgeous! :love:
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wendell606 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
temendous work. I like it a lot
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Panandreas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
OH my life that is gorgeous :O
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mina88 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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EternalMangaka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
White one is Celestia.

Blue one is Luna.

Red one is Cadence (even their hair looks the same)

Black one is Chrysalis.

Is it weird they resemble each other?
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Shadow-Sister Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is exactly what I was thinking when I saw this!!!!!!
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xChibise Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
The girl in red is Himari from Mawaru Penguindrum...unless you were just making resemblences of the MLP
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EternalMangaka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Just making resemblances.
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xChibise Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
ok i see (:
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MissLuckychan29 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
THAT'S what I thought... you are a genius.
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EternalMangaka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
No, No, No.

Just a brony!

Oh wait, same thing. Nevermind then.
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:iconmissluckychan29:
MissLuckychan29 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Ponies are everywhere...
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:iconeternalmangaka:
EternalMangaka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Everyone will soon give into our pony overlords.
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MissLuckychan29 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I have no life TT_TT
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