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Bottle Dancer by Baron-Engel Bottle Dancer by Baron-Engel
Another scene from my Andur dreamscape. This is Shahree and she was a professional bottle dancer when I first arrived in the Sultan's city. She has since married and now is the mother of three children. Now instead bottle dancing she trains the next generation boys and girls who will entertain audiences from within these glass stages.

Historians and scholars in the modern world have debated the exact origin of bottle dancing. However if Andur did not invent it then it was at least one of the first places where took hold. Even back when the city was known as Malakakar the dread city of the mice wizards there are historical records of bottle dancing. However Andur became of center for the art when in the 12th century AD. when the then ruling Sultan succeeded in convincing some glass blowers to move from Anatolia to Andur. Once there they began producing some of the finest blown glassware in the entire Muslim world. Now in the 14th Century Andurian glassware is coveted from the Empire of the East to the courts of French Kings, and bottle dancers eagerly seek out Andurian bottles to perform in.

Dancing bottles are particularly tricky since they needed to be as optically clear as possible and relatively distortion free. The bottles need to be strong but with as walls that are as thin as they can be. Also the bottle will usually have a series of holes carefully drilled on the bottom to increase airflow and help combat condensation forming on the walls of the bottle. The stopper on the bottle will also have holes to add in air circulation. The dancers often own the bottles they dance it and a fine bottle can represent years wages. Bottles are even put into wills or can be used as collateral for securing a loan.

This is very early color piece of mine, and I have improved my skills since doing, but there are still parts of this piece that really like.
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SheWolf1937 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Epicness! O.O
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Say, where exactly is Andur compared to the rest of the world? Until now, I had no idea it was set on Earth at all 0.o
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Andur is located on Northeast coast of Africa roughly about where Mogadishu is. However it obvious that were some changes to the local geography quite some time ago.

There is a mountain range that does not exist in our that runs down to almost coastline. Also Andur's bay appears to have been caused by some a sizable asteroid impact. There is a rebound peak in center of the bay that lighthouse is located on.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, I see! Thanks! :P
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Before I read your description I thought she was a genie in a bottle, not an Andurian bottle dancer. Shahree is very cute.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now there's an interesting idea for dancers. :)

Early piece or not, I really have to say I love how you did the bottle and the satin (and of course Shahree). The reflections and the subtle distortion look excellent.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Man, whoever married her sure is a very fortunate mouse. Of course, as beautifull as she is, she was in a position to choose a high quality spouse.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Bottle dancing, huh? Weird concept, yet...if these creatures actually existed, I can honestly believe it could have happened.

Again, kudos for the drawing itself. Specially that crimsom cloth.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
YAY! I always thought your bottle dancers were absolutely adorable.

- Polecat
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Nice.
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