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Loa Cards- Baron Samedi by UlaFish Loa Cards- Baron Samedi by UlaFish
from my series of voodoo-themed playing cards, Baron Samedi of the Gede, King of Spades.

*A note on the character design:

I've been accused a few times or ripping off Disney with this particular character. Although Disney did a great job with the imagery in Princess and the Frog, all of it was derived from a pre-existing culture. The Dr. Facilier (sp?) character is based on Baron Samedi (or at least I assume he must be, as they look so similar), and so the resemblance is kind of unavoidable. I've been advised in critiques to change his design for the sake of my portfolio, but I just can't imagine The Baron any other way.
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured in my newest spooky & scary HAPPY HALLOWEENie journal :evillaugh: 
Enjoy & have a Happy Halloween !! :pumpkin:
Why dont you work for disney or film maker
UlaFish Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I work for EA making video games :) I enjoy it, but I'd love to work on films sometime as well.
MisterMazoku Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was under the impression that Baron Samedi had more africanized features... Especially since the make it a point in the lore to knudge at the fact that his wife is white... Great interpretation though, to each his/her own!
Antagoniya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
It's just marvelous! He looks so real and proud of himself.
lycanthusincarnum Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!!!! you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!

did you make that veve up yourself? the spade one....
griffarion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Congratulations on such a wonderful piece. I just found this one, and can't wait to go look a the others in this set. (I am actually currently dressed as the Baron Himself, to celebrate this wonderful day)

There is NO DOUBT whatsoever that Disney utilized the VooDoo culture to create the "Good Dr." If you look on the walls of his "office" you will see PARTS of MANY Veve, the sigils used to call the various Loa/Lwa, and as he begins to do his thing, you cna clearly make out the Veve for Baron Samedi/Papa Gede...

Excellent work. Keep it up!

~Keeper, proud supporter of Baron Samedi
UnionBlack Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   General Artist
If anything they could say that the image of Dr.Facilier was taken from the serpent and the rainbow that's closer the the image of Baron Samedi and the similarity of Dr.Facilier than what you did.

I don't think yours looks anything like Dr.Facilier except maybe the color palette but you based it on a real culture like Disney did and that doesn't make it a rip off in anyway
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violetrages Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
NO you arent, :} but one question is is he god in voodoo? want to get my info straight. Have you the Supernatural episode "Hammer of the Gods" they make a reference about him?
x-SilverMoon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I have always been interested in that Voodoo look.
And I love that you put it on these loa cards!
I love the colors and skull face paint. This is an excellent piece!

Don't let those Disney freaks get you down. I mean I love Disney and all, but they did not invent that look.
dog-eggs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you're not relenting in the face of rabid Disney enthusiasts. If anyone ripped off anyone, it's Disney. They knew what they were doing - Baron Samedi has been depicted with skull-like face paint long before the Disney corporation was even thought of - it's part of his identity. I think this piece rocks!
Crossroad-Mongrel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Don't let the copyright-wailers get you down-- of course Facilier was based on the Baron, the Baron came LONG before... and I'm willing to bet that Facilier was such an child of Samedi. xD

Anyhoo, the card is luff. Beautiful job.
Morrison3000 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
He's hot :D Like always :D
FlamiatheDemon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student General Artist
What a dashing lwa :love:
WitchyStella Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, dude, these Loa cards should totally be sold! I'd so buy 'em, they look awesome ^^
And I swear, without seeing the spades on the side, I guessed that he's the king of spades
doctorfacilier Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
colourscientist Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
The Spades are both my favourites :)
The pink shape around the bird is interesting too, it's rather modern. Kind of gives the card a more contemporary feel.
Twilights-Illusion Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
this is an interesting take on the cars. I love the whole series.
otter-party Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
this whole series is great.
gleeful-beast Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
So lovelyyyy.
I wish I looked like him.
TakeoX Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
The Baron! He looks like he'll charm a few unsuspecting human girls into his bed
Beetlebot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
He is just too handsome. *steals his outfit*
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