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Here's number 4 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

"Anne of Cleves was a German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England and as such she was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540. The marriage was never consummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King, and thereafter referred to as the King's Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Mary I of England, outlasting the rest of Henry's wives."

(quoted from Wikipedia - [link] )

Time: about 10-20h
Medium: Photoshop + Wacom tablet
100% hand painted with love by yours truly :D
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The 2nd portrait in my series of Tudor Queens! :D

Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England.
The whole story: [link]

Close-ups:
[link]
[link]

The next portraits in this series will feature:
3) Jane Seymour
4) Anne of Cleves
5) Catherine Howard
6) Catherine Parr
7) Mary I
8) Elizabeth I

Reference for face, dress, etc. from these original portraits:
[link]
[link]

Pose reference from `lockstock <3

Background from one of my own photos.

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Here's number 3 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

"Jane Seymour (c.1508 – 24 October 1537) was Queen of England as the third wife of King Henry VIII. She succeeded Anne Boleyn as queen consort following the latter's execution for charges of high treason, witchcraft, incest and adultery in May 1536. She died of postnatal complications less than two weeks after the birth of her only child, a son who reigned as Edward VI. She was the only one of Henry's wives to receive a queen's funeral, and his only consort to be buried beside him in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, as she was the woman that Henry loved the most and gave the only male heir to."

(quoted from Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Sey… )

Time: about 10-20h
Medium: Photoshop + Wacom tablet
Background here is an overpainted photo (my own)
Hands referenced from Cobweb-stock
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Anne Boleyn (2nd wife of Henry VIII)

A Portrait of Anne Boleyn in disney style, I am see forward to finish rest of Henry VIII's wives, it is so fun to making them in disney style and starting to imagine if we make an animated movie about Henry VIII and his six wives. I chose red/yellow to represent her as romantic, mystery and wise to suit her personality.


Other wives of Henry VIII:

1: Catherine of Aragon (Coming Soon)
2: Anne Boleyn
3: Jane Semour: [link]
4: Anne of Cleves (Coming Soon)
5: Catherine Howard (Coming Soon)
6: Catherine Parr (Coming Soon)


Anne Boleyn; was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. She was a mother to Elizabeth I of England.

Born: 1501, Hever
Died: May 19, 1536, Tower of London
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I want to make a series of Tudor Queens. After watching the whole of "The Tudors" AND reading biographies by Carolly Erickson AND novels by Philippa Gregory, it felt natural. Lots of inspiration in those dramatic stories!

My first painting in this series shows Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), though I think there were other Tudor queens before her. But my painting series will be long enough from there , since I plan to paint all other queens after her, ending with Elizabeth I.

Catherine was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England (the crazy one with the 6 wives, y'know)

The next portraits in this series will feature:
2) Anne Boleyn
3) Jane Seymour
4) Anne of Cleves
5) Catherine Howard
6) Catherine Parr
7) Mary I
8) Elizabeth I

Reference for face features from this original portrait by Michael Sittow: de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t…
Pose reference from Gracies-Stock <3

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Weep, weep, O Walsingham!
Whose days are nights;
Blessings turn'd to blasphemies
Holy deeds to despites.
Sin is where Our Lady sat;
Heaven is turned to Hell!
Satan sits where Our Lord did sway;
Walsingham! O farewell!


(This is a 16th century poem I found in Carolly Erickson's biography "Bloody Mary". Walsingham is an English pilgrimage site that was destroyed during the Reformation. The poem reflects the feelings of the Catholic people of that time, and perhaps also what Mary thought.)

Miladies and gentlemen, I present you "Bloody Mary"! :D My 7th portrait in my series of Tudor Queens.

Born in 1516 as daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor was raised to become Queen of England, just in case. Henry's male heirs indeed were short-lived, and his son Edward, after having ruled as Protestant king, died aged fifteen in 1553. Now it was Mary's turn and she became Queen the same year, at the age of 37. She was a devout Catholic and believed it was her mission to restore England to Catholicism. Which of course was pretty much impossible - one can't stop history once it has started. Until her death in 1558, about 280 Protestant "heretics" were condemned to death. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are several portraits of Mary dating from her time, of which the best known probably are these:
[link] - painted by Master John in 1544
[link] - painted by Antonio Moro in 1555
As you can see I chose to paint her wearing the dress from the earlier painting when she wasn't Queen yet, simply because I like it more :lol:
I'm still wondering about her eyebrows or lack thereof. Was there a fashion of plucking them out, or did Mary have some nutritional deficiency?

Like some symbolism with that painting? :) Here goes: The statuette of the Virgin Mary in the background is her name patron, obviously, and the blood red color of the tapestry also was a conscious choice.

Tool: Photoshop 7 & Wacom tablet. Statue referenced from a work by Tilman Riemenschneider. Carpet and wooden panels from cgtextures.com .

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In the Tudor era (and probably in the Middle Ages too) it was customary for the executioner to ask the condemned's forgiveness. It was supposed to show that he held no malice towards the victim; that he was only an extension of the law doing his job. By granting forgiveness the condemned also had a chance of showing magnanimity in the face of death, thus leaving a good impression on the spectators.
Lady Jane Grey forgave her executioner, as did Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard before her.

Who was Lady Jane Grey? She was designated queen by young king Edward Seymour (the son and successor of Henry VIII, as you remember).
But when he died in 1553, she managed to be queen for only about 2 weeks, because Henry's daughter Mary Tudor had many supporters and so became queen the same year.
The 17 year old Lady Jane Grey, though she didn't plot against Queen Mary herself, became a symbol of resistance and Protestantism and so became dangerous to the Catholic politics of Mary. Queen Mary had her executed for "high treason" in 1554.

You can read the entire story on Wikipedia here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Jan…

Even today historians aren't sure if she had a legitimate claim to the throne or not, so she's usually not included in a line-up of English regents.

Hmm. That's quite a lot of death scenes in my portfolio so far. Perhaps I should paint a birth some time...! Nevermind. The next painting, of course, is going to feature Mary Tudor ("the Catholic" or "Bloody Mary" depending on whose side you're on).

Photoshop and Wacom tablet as always, took about 30 hours or so. (Social life? What's that? XD)
Wood and brick wall textures snatched from cgtextures.com .
Screaming guy referenced from alastock - alastock.deviantart.com/art/sc…
Lady-in-waiting referenced from lockstock - lockstock.deviantart.com/art/T…
Special thanks to the folks on Conceptart.org for kicking my butt :heart:

WIP can be seen here: img196.imageshack.us/img196/34…

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OMG! My "Tudor Queens" series is finished! This is the eighth and final image in the series.
The last time I attempted a series (The Seven Virtues, in 2005) I stopped after image 3 of 7 and never finished it. But this one was so much fun, I could paint those Tudor queens all over again!

There is so much artifice in the portraits of Elizabeth I. She wears giant dresses that seem to weigh more than her with all the jewels and ornaments. And those elaborate wigs, huge starched collars and detailed headdresses! How long it must have taken to get dressed like this?! Perhaps a bit too long to do it every day. So I'm going to assume that the decorative excesses were mainly for representative purposes (as Queen of England she was practically obligated to look more splendid, rich, and fashionable than everyone else around her), and that she actually wore much simpler outfits on most days.

Enough about dresses! :) You can read the story of Queen Elizabeth on the addictive Wikipedia: [link]
There's also a fun-to-read biography: "Elizabeth" by Carolly Erickson, who also wrote about Mary Tudor, King Henry VIII, and Catherine the Great.

I put her in a forest setting because I think the real Elizabeth would have liked this - a relaxing rest from restrictive court life, nothing artificial here. And because my gallery needs more green paintings anyway.
I feel like I'm finally starting to figure out the gorgeous sunlight-shining-through-green-leaves light.

Pose and dress referenced from `lockstock
Smile referenced from ~LongStock
Photoshop and Wacom tablet, as always. Took about 20 hours.

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My 6th portrait in the series of Tudor Queens - and also the last one of Henry VIII's wives.
But my series isn't finished yet. Guess whom the next portrait will feature! :D

Anyway: I referenced most of her look from this painting: de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t…
Again I took some liberties with the clothing. The nobility probably wouldn't have worn pink dresses in Tudor times because it looked like washed-out, faded red, surely a sign that you couldn't afford new clothes. At least that's what this professional Henry VIII impersonator says: www.henrytudor.co.uk/page26.ht… . Warning: The website is addictive, I spent hours reading there :D
Face reference from lockstock

Links to the previous portraits in the series:
Catherine of Aragon - maidith.deviantart.com/art/TQ1…
Anne Boleyn - maidith.deviantart.com/art/Tud…
Jane Seymour - maidith.deviantart.com/art/Tud…
Anne of Cleves - th00.deviantart.net/fs71/150/f…
Catherine Howard - maidith.deviantart.com/art/Tud…
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Proclaimed Queen of England and Ireland from 10 July 1553 19 July 1553.


It's my second Lady Jane Grey picture. (Here's the first one: [link])

Please leave criticism or comments. I'm interested in your views and it helps me to develop my skills.
And thank you for your :+fav:!


I used the following stocks from Mayang's Free Textures:

blue silk (recoloured) [link] ([link])
fabric (recoloured) [link] ([link])
towelling (recoloured) [link] Fabrics/index.html ([link])
recoloured default from Expressions 3 as background

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