The Steampunk Harem, by Aly Fell, copyright 2009.
This analysis copyright 2010 by Scott M. McDaniel.
The website ConceptArt.org has, among other things, an activity called "Character of the Week." In November of 2009, one of the topics was "Steampunk Harem." Participants have one week to produce a painting from scratch that satisfies the brief, which for this one was:
They are pampered and preened for the Sultan and Sultana. Doused with pungent oils, washed with lavender and cinnamon scented perfumes, their skins perfect and their complexions refined and painted to reflect the whim of their master and mistress.
They are treated with respect and adoring attention, but they are prisoners; birds in a gilded-cage. They are t