Jane Boleyn, nee Jane Parker, who married Anne's brother George.
She's often thought of as a disturbed, jealous, conniving, betraying harpy........ but really, when you look at the people around her, who wasn't?
The more I read about her, the more I think the circumstances of her character have been villified and rewritten by two rulers: Henry the VIII, whose 5th wife cheated on him with the help of Jane -- both were beheaded. And then by Elizabeth, who sought historians and writers to paint a better light on her mother Anne and her tragic death.
Thus, Jane Parker was doomed to become a tool of history.
Here's a more developed drawing of George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's proud, womanizing brother, and his wife Jane, best known for her betrayal of him (her testimony regarding his alleged incest with Anne sent him to the headsman). Here is my first sketch here: [link]
Most novels have portrayed Jane as a mousy, nagging sort, but since she had a starring role in a court masque she was certainly pretty (as lead roles in court masques were not given to unattractive wallflowers). Both she and her husband shared a love of luxury- they had a bed of cloth of gold- but had no children, which must have provided some interesting difficulties in their relationship, as George's father Thomas was an ambitious, domineering type, and Jane was the only daughter of a wealthy titled scholar. Their marriage must have seemed initially like a wonderful thing, since they were both worldly, good looking young people, but we all know how the marriage worked out in the end. One wonders what their conversations were like.
I haven't read the recent biography of Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox, but Hilary Mantel- one of my favorite authors- wrote a very interesting review of the book here, with lots of good information about this enigmatic couple. [link]
The completed, colored version. Even the sparkles.
From the left: Catalina de Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna von Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr
Fullview is a must!!!
** Info Update ** When I was coloring, I realized that I didn't know the colors of certain attributes of each wife. For instance, Anne of Cleves' hair. I have many Tudor books, none of which stated the color of Anne's hair. So I decided to search through movie representations of Anne of Cleves, and found that the actresses all had dark hair. So I colored her hair brown. But now that I've had some time off of school, and the luxury of money to buy new books, I have found that Anne had blonde hair.
This is an art trade for the amazing -- two of her characters, the mysterious dress maker's assistant Miss M, and Prince Frederick, son of George II.
They are in mid dance, the Allemande, to be exact. This move is something along the lines of "looking through the window", and I hope in some way it looks like you're looking through a window to look at them looking through a window...
Lots of watching dances, and going to back to reference images and sketches she did. -- I seriously hope I got this right!
Prince Frederick's outfit is based off a portrait of his.
Done in: pencil, Manga Studio, Photoshop textures from: ~masterjinn
A tablet drawing I've just completed of Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, as a princess with an uncertain future before she became the greatest monarch England has ever had. Full view is a must!
*REVISED VERSION, changed eyes that are bothering me!*
The costume of The Virgin Queen was always so flashy and she was truly a woman of fashion in her period of Elizabethan. I really love those colors and the embroidery patterns of Tudor style. Though the dress was so heavy.
"She is of middling stature, with a swarthy complexion, long neck, wide mouth, bosom not much raised, and in fact has nothing but the King's great appetite, and her eyes, which are black and beautiful - and take great effect on those who served the Queen when she was on the throne."
-the Venetian ambassador describes Anne, 1532
I've been fascinated by Anne Boleyn ever since I was a little girl.
Recent stories paint her as a power-hungry, conniving social climber who ultimately got what she deserved.
Although I'm sure some of that is true, I still believe they were in love, and that even she was not prepared for how fast she rose to glory, or how swiftly she fell.