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Girl in the Fireplace

By EssieofWho
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Well everyone, my pageview counter here on DA has reached 5,000 so as a "Thank you!!!" I give you my Madame de Pompadour painting, completed!

I ended up throwing away the idea of layering the background onto the painting because it didn't work right for me. I'm always kind of an "old school" person and I do know how to layer a background onto a painting... but only with paper. Not a computer. So, I painted the background onto the original painting.

The idea is to make the background be in art nouveau style. (This was always my intention) I tired to work in some symbolism in the background. They are...
~The fire: The episode's name is "Girl in the Fireplace", the Doctor and Reinette would talk through a fireplace
~The Tardis light: Reinette was supposed to travel with the Doctor in the Tardis
~The star/space-like background: I tired to paint the background when you see the SS Madame de Pompadour.
~The Silver corners: This part of the painting was my attempt to add some art deco elements into the painting. This is supposed to represent the clockwork droids that the Doctor had to fight in order to same Reinette. It was a hard decision for me because I wanted there to be a gear wheel somewhere in the painting because, to me, it represented the clockwork droids better. Unfortunately, when I actually painted the background, I could fit a gear wheel and make it look good with the rest of the background. So, I decided to paint the corners art deco, the less organic way of designing that came after art nouveau.

Any who, I hope you like it! :D

Drawn in GIMP with a Bamboo Wacom tablet.

Reinette line art: [link]
Reinette without the background: [link]

Doctor Who and Madame de Pompadour belong to the BBC and their rightful owners.
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brandymarie87's avatar
I love this Mary! Totally captures her in every way, awesome job!
EssieofWho's avatar
Yay!!! Thank you!!!
DOC-Ash1391's avatar
I love your art so much.
She looks beautiful and very well done.
Me like! did a fantastic job!
EssieofWho's avatar
AWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! :hug: Thank you!!! I'm so glad you like her! :D