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Britannia - the embodied spirit of Britain (in much the same way as Uncle Sam is used in the US).

An Empire on which the sun never set... etc. etc.

This was done as a favour to a friend of mind who could best be described (in this context) as having a rather... Victorian frame of mind.

EDIT: I am moving this to the scraps section. It seems to attract a disproportionate number of my viewers, and for the most part these viewers are not interested in anything else in my gallery. Perhaps if the attraction of erstwhile British patriots led to more traffic I would appreciate it more, but having something this bad as my most-faved piece is just silly.

EDIT 2: And of course, this picture has more favs than any of my other images (possibly more than all my other pictures COMBINED). Yet the image quality is so horrible it's a complete embarssment. Yep, same old DevArt.

I'd take it down if I didn't pray that maybe one in ten of the ideologues who fav this travesty would stop and look at some of my other less-terrible junk.

Ah well.
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Your other work is indeed excellent - I guess it just represents an ethos that many Brits appreciate.

Compared to the current heap of junk that comprises the current UK, dreaming of the imperial past is perhaps more appealling to many...;)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I love Great Britain so much, Ive visited it already 2x. The pictures is just awesome and so patriotic!
For the friendship between Great Britain and Germany!!

Nice greetings!
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mk456 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
wait i thouhg tbritannia was a island O.O back in roman times.....or did wikapedia fucked me over xD?
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gearoidgaa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Love the picture and how the Union Jack covers all of britain including Ireland. The soldiers are greart and Britannia overseeing the whole thing great work done.
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ilikecustard Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
dont be bothered about this being your most popular work its by far the best
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I used this image in my journal [link] I can see what you mean about it being one of your lesser works, but the composition is perfect! :)
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
There really is only two world circling empires, that of Britain and that of Spain.
Would you consider doing a similar deviation for Spain?
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LittleDivaQueen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
I don't really understand why you find it so embarrassing that people have favourited this instead of your other pieces. You did something that touches people's hearts and I personally do like drawing and artwork that are rough around the edges, the raw state is sometimes more interesting than a polished product.
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Timothy-Hardy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
stunning :)
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gamerknight83 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I love the picture that you depicted as the one and only Great Britain-or Ms. Sovereign Britannia herself! Wait a minute, this brings me one question-How come the anime Code Geass has mention the name Britannia(and shown many times) that is based on the similiar real world concept, and yet the characters in the show doesn't speak the British accent? That's very weird...but great job of the artwork though! Very moving indeed!!


As the one of the old British sayings-"Rule Britannia!!!"
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gamerknight83 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I still kind of think the Britannians are still Anglos lol with the anglo accent. England forever!
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YesIamEccentric Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I know! In the alternative CG History, Britain is invaded by Napoleon, so the British royal family flee to Canada, as do a large section of the British population, where they settle, they then invade the US and use their colonies to invade other places. Simply because they have lived in North America for 200 years (and so have lost the accent) is the reason.
Or maybe it's deliberate by the producers, Britannia in CG was based on the Holy Roman Empire, eg HRE didn't control Rome and Britannia doesn't control G.B. and so they didn't want British accents, like the Holy Romans didn't have Italian accents
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Uhm, I guess you'd have to ask the creators of Code Geass (or, well, the translators I suppose?), because I have absolutely no clue.
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LordMorris Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I like it
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RL51294 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Britannia Rule the Waves!!!
I am so proud to call myself British XDXD
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Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Well I'm sorry to hear that you're not pleased with this picture, and I understand that you would want to not have all the attention for it being a lure for British patriots, like myself, but I like how you drew the island and Brittania herself, and I'm an Imperialist, I'm rather disappointed with this modern era where no one can have an Empire without the rest of the world staring down upon us

:flaguk::salute:
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Haha,

Well, I'll be happy to concede that the British Empire, faults and all, was a better sight than some other empires that could be named.
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Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps, I know there are some who saw it as an oppressive, murderous system of the old Imperial Age, but then, some of this is needed for the foundation of an Empire, at least we weren't as revoltingly oppressive as the Nazis, Napoleon or the any of those other famous slaughtering Empires.

You know I find that quite a few people don't even know that there was a British Empire

:flaguk::salute:
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I don't know about NECCESARY opression, but certainly empires bring things both bad and good with them, in varying degrees. As does most everything.
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Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Well what I mean by neccassary opression is the amount and degree of limitations the mother country must place upon its colonies or satallite states in order to keep a moderate amount of sovrenty needed to keep the Empire intact

:flaguk::salute:
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
;)
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Bourbons3 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
This is great :D
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Frizelle Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional
Just a note, but the Republic of Ireland is not part of Britain, only Northern Ireland. The equivilant of pasting the stars and stripes all over North America.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
This was a comission.

I understand the Irish division perfectly well, but that's not what I was paid to depict.

If you then want to call that ignorant, imperialist, insensitive, or what have you, well, that's fair - but you'll have to take that up with the man who requested the work and not with me.
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Frizelle Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional
My comment was in no way an attack on you, a simple 'it's what I was paid to depict' would have sufficed. If you enable constructive criticism on your work you should expect to get it. If you had explained your knowledge of said 'division' in your comment on this piece I would not have mentioned it.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Sorry if it came off that way. It was a pretty formal reply, but I didn't think you were actually attacking me.
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Haterius Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
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Dakarne-the-Avenger Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Very nicely done... I must wonder if there's a Scottish-only equivalent to Britannia? Perhaps the Fair Lady of Perth...
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
You could probably find one for any country... but I wasn't asked to do them! ;)
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Snappy-Snapey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
terrific
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godsavebritain Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Good old chap. Rule Britannia! We need more patriotrism around here. It's good to know the Polish have a love for Britain.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Errr... the Polish? I'm Canadian, and I made this for a local Royalist friend. Am I missing something?
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godsavebritain Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
Sorry old boy, I must I've mistaken you for someone else, but it still good that your Canadian, we share the same Queen. Sorry about the mistake.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
Hehe, no worries. I was just rather confused. :)
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fylfot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007   Interface Designer
Nice man, although the Union Flag is the wrong way round, still, the pencil sketches are exceptionally well drawn.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Haha, wow. I can't beleive that after all the silly "blueblooded patriots" faving this thing, you're the first to notice that (I didn't notice myself). LOL

Thanks ;)
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fylfot Featured By Owner May 3, 2007   Interface Designer
lol, no problem. I have a thing for pointing stuff like that out. Some people find it annoying, but its something I have to do. I've most likely got Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
Absolutely wonderful artwork on display here. I would get all patriotic over it, but...you know...*Faves*
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Hahah! That's okay.

For a quick toss-off that I have become seriously unsatisfied with over time (that lion is AWFUL!), it never ceases to amaze me how much this peice gets faved.

Glad you liked it all the same, and I hope you're feeling betetr soon.
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anarchysometimes Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
well this comments pretty late but this is an awesome pic
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
It never ceases to amaze me that people will fav this thing.

Patriotism trumps artistic skill in this case (and I'm not even British!).
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anarchysometimes Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
yep it was once said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundral, its certainly true in my case:D
besides its a really good picture...you put alot of effort into it considering your not a Brit
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Heh. I think it's mostly funny to me because this picture is both old and (in my opinion) soooooooooo half-assed.
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MadHaxx0r Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
Absolutely fantastic. I love everything about this picture. I really like the different types soldiers, and Brittania, looking like Queen Boudicca with her trident and captured Roman helm...
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cecilrhodes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
I realise this picture was done a couple of years ago now but i have just come across it and think it is brilliant!
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mizarek Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004
wow, this is great... admire your talent :)
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hesir Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004  Professional General Artist
Theres some lovely work on Britannias face there... I like the way she looks less like the typical greek goddess version of herself here, more like a working girl from the east end of Victorian London (laughs)... A great facial expression. That and the drunken fanatisism of the soldiers at her feet say it all...

Loved it.

h.
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luckydonut Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I don't care what you say, your coloring skills are just fine. =p Love the bright colors and the sort of overall godlike shimmer of Britannia herself.
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Emzyk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
hrmm..I like a lot the way you've done the flag! and the lighting is very nice too!
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