Featured Heroine: Urraca of Zamora

Note: this article is about the character in Amazon Prime’s El Cid TV show, not the historical figure.

Yesterday I finished watching the second season of Amazon Prime’s Spanish series El Cid (titled The Legend of El Cid in English), which stars Jaime Lorente as the titular hero, a Castilian knight who won renown in medieval Spain. Like all TV shows that are based on human history, I’m sure that there are many who decry the historical inaccuracies in El Cid, but for me it was a thoroughly exciting show which features heaps of medieval military action and political intrigue, plus a bit of sex/romance as well. El Cid himself is portrayed as a brooding and overly intense young warrior, which does not really appeal to me all that much, but I was fascinated by the character of Urraca of Zamora (played by Spanish actress Alicia Sanz), the eldest of the five children of King Fernando I of Leon.

The only real point of reference I have for El Cid (and therefore of Urraca), is the 1961 Hollywood film, also titled El Cid, starring Charlton Heston. In that film, Urraca (played by French actress Geneviève Page) is portrayed as a conniving, manipulative individual, and thus one of El Cid’s main antagonists. In Amazon’s El Cid, Urraca is also portrayed in this way, at least initially. I don’t want to say too much that might spoil certain parts of the show, but by the end of the second season, she becomes quite admirable and even takes part in a battle herself. Mind you, I liked Urraca from the very beginning. Being so confident and fearless, I think it’d be hard for anybody not to like her at least a little bit. On top of that, of course, she is played by the gorgeous Ms Sanz, who I think is a very good actress.😊

I’m not sure if Amazon has a third season for El Cid in the works or not, but I certainly would like to see more of Urraca of Zamora in action. Incidentally, the image at the top of this article of Ms Sanz in her combat outfit is from an article posted in June on Cosmopolitan magazine’s Spanish edition. I can’t say it’s the exact outfit she wore onscreen, but if it’s not, it’s certainly one that is very similar.

Featured Heroine: Deet

Deet (or to give her full name, Deethra) is one of two main heroines in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (a TV show produced by Netflix which serves as a prequel to The Dark Crystal, a film from 1982). She is one of many small, elf-like creatures (with wings, in the case of females) that appear in Age of Resistance. Her lovely voice is provided by Nathalie Emmanuel and her cute puppet is operated by Beccy Henderson.

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New Fan Art: Vignette Stonemoss

The original drawing I did of Vignette Stonemoss (played by Cara Delevingne) from Carnival Row. which I used to produce the gag I posted a few minutes ago. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Tirnanoc’s Angriest Librarian (“Carnival Row” Gag)

This started off as just a rough sketch, which I decided to ink out. And then it occurred to me to make a gag with it. This gag features a character called Vignette Stonemoss (played by the lovely Cara Delevingne), from Amazon Prime’s original series titled Carnival Row. Carnival Row is dark fantasy set in an alternate Victorian-like world. It is visually stunning, with an impressive amount of effort put into world-building, but the plot is a little bit disappointing. The gag that I drew derives from the fact that although Vignette was once entrusted with protecting a library, she is hardly the librarian stereotype.😄

I’ll post the original textless illustration of Vignette shortly, so till then, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊