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American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik
These are two of my favorite people from the American Revolution- Peggy Shippen, the glamorous and fun-loving Tory socialite that fell in love with Benedict Arnold, and Major John André, artist, soldier and spy for His Majesty, King George. Here are the two of them in happier days, when the British occupied Philadelphia through 1777-1778. They're in the garden of the City Tavern, with Peggy exclaiming over her fashionable new 'do and André sketching her.

I was inspired to do this painting, sort of, by remembering what a hatchet job both Peggy and André got in Ann Rinaldi's lousy YA novel, "Finishing Becca." In that book, Peggy- portrayed as a cross between Hitler and Paris Hilton- was forever breaking expensive doodads and pitching screaming hissy fits, and was described as "evil" by the Patriot heroine of the book. André, meanwhile, was like a cousin to the wicked Marquis St. Evrémonde in "Tale of Two Cities," the guy who kept running over peasant kids in his coach; he fiddles while Rome burns, so to speak, by planning parties and balls, and he tries to rape our heroine once or twice. Someday, I'm going to do my own book (illustrated, of course!) about Peggy and André... they deserve better!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so cool! AmRev forever! :D

I can't believe it took me this long to respond to a comment... :blushes: Have you checked out my latest artwork? I'd like to know what you think!
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Nevi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I love the colors. Absolutely brilliant!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm so glad you like it!
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teya-iris Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
God this drawing is just amazing! :wow: I just love how you works with your pencils, the texture of this drawing is just... wow... :+fav:
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WeiYali Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
Huzzah, redcoats! I love how your brush strokes perfectly convey the texture of the clothing. (I was about to say I love Andre's trousers, but that sounds a bit...off.) The detail in the background is great, too-- I feel like I could walk straight into it.
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Ysa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
Wow so excellent! All the detail in the clothing accompanied by the detail in the backround, so great! +fav!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
you know how to keep me hooked on your artwork with hair ornaments XD
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kyria Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
ooh this is darling! the dress is eye-catching. i love the faces and how you can tell that it's sunlight-ish out there!
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
How a beautiful dress!!:love: Amazing as always!! You´re simply great!!!:thumbsup:
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johanna Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it! Especially her hair. I love how it really looks powdered and shifts in lots of colours.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your comment! :)
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Love the colors and composition, although his expression really fascinates me.

Were these commissions of yours for various books? (I'm including all your recent uploads in this question.)

And what media did you use? You listed it as "paint" but which type, and is it mixed media?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, 'Rococo' and 'Montespan' were personal projects that were inspired by mucking about dA and meeting people. 'Phoenix' was a promo illustration on a project I'm collaborating on with Deborah Nourse Lattimore, and 'Bunnie' was a piece requested by a friend who was having a show last year featuring animals in clothing.

I use Liquitex acrylics for the most part. This piece is 100% acrylic, on matte medium'd watercolor paper, on which is xeroxed the original drawing.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Thanks for your response!

Further question (for I have tried other ways): so, you were able to use watercolor paper in a photocopier to imprint your drawing, then used the matte medium on it, then painted it?
Also, would hotpress work, or must it be a coldpress? Obviously you'd have to cut the paper to fit the copier tray; what paper weight do you use?

I've used watercolor paper specially formatted for use in inkjet printers, and was unhappy with the results. I wonder if using regular w/c paper, cut to size, would work in my all-in-one printer, or if it'd jam it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I use Stonehenge paper- [link] - have it cut down to 8 1/2 X 11 (remember to cut off the rough edges) and have them copy it at my favorite copy shop. It still jams 50% of the time, so I wouldn't recommend doing it at home. When it does jam, the photocopy ink won't take- it just lays on the surface, ready to smudge. But when it does copy successfully, it looks fine, and is ready to take a coating of matte medium. So, I wouldn't recommend using anything above 90 lb., if you're going to put it through a copier.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Hmm, if even your copy shop has problems, then it's probably not an option for my lowly printer. Perchance I've got to try again with the Inkjet Watercolor paper... Thanks, regardless, for all the info. It was very much appreciated!

BTW, DickBlick is one of the companies I also use when I shop via catalog, although the best prices can be found with Nasco [link] and SAX [link] However, if you shop in NYC, you know Pearl Paint is still good, even though it's slowly dying. AC Moore and Michael's Crafts are good for our 'burbs.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
This is exquisite!!!!!!!!!! Peggy looks so delighted with her hair, and John looks so keen on capturing her in his sketch. Peggy is portrayed as a Hitler/ Paris Hilton? My that would be something to see. Your art really is a marvel, it never fails to impress me!!!! Oooo, I finally finished Ms. Mantel's book, A Place of Greater Safety, and loved it!!!!! The execution of Desmoulins and his wife was sad, but overall I quite enjoyed myself. Thanks for recommending it!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you loved it! Now you should read "Scaramouche," by Rafael Sabatini, if you haven't read it yet already. Personally, I think the Mantel book and Scaramouche are two of the best (if not THE best) French Rev novels out there.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
I shall look into it!!!!! Thanks.
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Haru-de-Meziere Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
In that book, Peggy- portrayed as a cross between Hitler and Paris Hilton- was forever breaking expensive doodads and pitching screaming hissy fits, and was described as "evil" by the Patriot heroine of the book. André, meanwhile, was like a cousin to the wicked Marquis St. Evrémonde in "Tale of Two Cities," the guy who kept running over peasant kids in his coach; he fiddles while Rome burns, so to speak, by planning parties and balls, and he tries to rape our heroine once or twice.

Sounds fun to me, actually, even if not true to their actual personalities!

Fantastic piece.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I described it as being a lot more fun than it actually was- the book was dull and self-righteous, which I know you'd hate.

Glad you like the piece! :D
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Axel-von-Fersen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
lovely protrait - you really bring the characters to life - Peggy Shipman looks so vivacious
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrific! Really! Wonderful idea and execution.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Ugh. If there's one thing I'm sick of seeing it's the hatchet job so many of my favourite historical figures get in fiction...and worse, non-fiction.

Also, everytime I hear "John André", I think of André Cotard from the film adaptations of "Hornblower". Weird!

D-M
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe... that's pretty funny. But what do you think of the piece? ;P
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
The piece is beautiful, of course. As with your Phoenix Queen pic, the faces are so realistic that they look like photographs. Peggy in particular is exquisitely drawn.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks!! :D Since I had gone on and on about Peggy and Andre and why I hated THAT BOOK on your page, I looked forward to your comments.

I just saw 1776, by the way. You're right- the lyrics aren't the best, but some of the tunes have a way of getting into your head. Hey, diddle diddle, Tom and his fiddle, etc etc... It was a good thing to have watched right before I did this! :)
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Oh, I hope you saw the DVD version, with Dickinson's "Cool Cool Considerate Men" song! What did you think of the dialogue? The spectrum of opinions goes from nothing to "witty", so I'm always curious to know what people think.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it did have "Cool, Cool Considerate Men"! :) As for the dialogue, it was quite witty. My main problem is that there was often too much of it. That is, there were looong.... loooong... scenes of guys talking about politics, with way too much time between musical numbers. It could have done with some editing. I also feel that the director could have done more with his material, into formatting more specifically for a movie, instead of just filming the stage play.

But, for all that, it was actually fun! I was surprised, for all the iffy costumes, that it actually did give a good feeling for the time period.
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Yes, that's one thing I disliked about the film. There was that initial cluster of about four musical numbers, and the almost an hour until the next one. Lack of balance, you could say. I couple of those loooong seemed to fit though, in my opinion. The Adams/Dickinson debate, for example. It felt a bit stretched, but I love debates.
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
:heart::heart::heart:
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Stanislav02 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007   Traditional Artist
Man, I love your drawings and the stories that go along with 'em :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- it's always nice to know when people actually read my comments! ;P
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