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Tudor Queens 8 - Elizabeth I
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Published: November 16, 2011
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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:…
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.

Thanks for looking :heart:
Image size
2354x3640px 1.49 MB
Shutter Speed
10/6400 second
Focal Length
9 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 30, 1999, 12:00:00 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Edward-Cory-Angel's avatar
Yes, Elizabeth did wear lighter and less layered gowns at times. For example the dress in the Rainbow Portrait has a slow neckline and top-layer gown is loose and open showing her much closer-fit bodice that would cover her chemise.
I'm not sure about those bracers looking things on the arms, but I like the slashed sleeves and the pattern on the bodice.
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cutabelle|Student Digital Artist
This is really pretty :)
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Love your work
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Demon-catgirl|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elizabeth the first is awesome!
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DreamsUnderStarlight|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elizabeth I was also called the Fairy Queen, so it's also fitting she is in a forest.
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Proclaimed most beautiful and popular queen in England's history. You did a wonderful job on her.
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artayofthemoon|Hobbyist General Artist
I think you left out Lady Jane Grey, the 9 Day Queen before Bloody Mary. She was Edward's chosen heir.
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KristinaGehrmann|Professional Digital Artist
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artayofthemoon|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Shmelanna's avatar
I really love the lighting here, how you render her half in shadow and half in sunlight.. gorgeous work
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TarmaHartley|Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work! WOW! This is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! :)


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x-Silverwing-x|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WILL be back to buy this entire series! As soon as I have money...
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carrie-lou|Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
The colouring, the pose and texture is incredible....
love how you did her clothes, very well done for that era :)
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UnderlandDigital|Professional Digital Artist
this beautiful piece has been featured here [link] :aww:
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UnderlandDigital|Professional Digital Artist
amazingly beautiful! I just love Elizabeth!! :love:
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I love it! She looks so pretty and happy :)
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Another Masterful Piece!!! WOW!!!
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Featured: [link] :heart:
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I love her dress!
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Valentina-Remenar|Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :squee:
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