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Ancient Greek boats by suburbanbeatnik Ancient Greek boats by suburbanbeatnik
Here's one of the images I did a few weeks ago for McGraw Hill Glencoe; I was asked to paint a scene at an ancient Greek port with merchantmen ships and several people haggling over pots at the pier. This is the result, and I joked to my friends it turned out looking like kiddie Lawrence Alma-Tadema. [link] I'll be putting this up on my website the next time I make an update. I wish I could think of a more exciting title...

Usually I don't like uploading the non-promotional childrens' book work I've done, but it's been so long since I've been able to upload any images at all, I decided to make an exception. This image is (C) McGraw Hill Glencoe.
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Sn00gDog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Extremely accurate and Nicely Done. Bravo !
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Plasticviking Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Very nice. Life and humour but still archaeologically  accurate.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The piece is old but I'm still fond of it.
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, scenes like this I'm really trying to find right now.  Damn you McGraw Hill Glencoe!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tell me about it. I never received the book where it was printed. :P
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
BEAUTIFUL WORK, MA'AM! I LOVE THE SHIPS AND LOVE THE ACTIVITY.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is great, so intricate! I see what you mean about Alma-Tadema, LOL!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was fun doing something that's not early modern Western Europe... and my next piece for Glencoe is 14th century West Africa, which will be fun! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
West Africa! Wow, I'd love to see that!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You will soon! :)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the amphorae and was all sad I'm no longer being drilled on the names of various greek vases on a weekly basis.

Anyway, I ADORE this piece. Your style+greek stuff=happy Ana.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, I'm so glad you like! As pots go, amphorae are pretty cool. They're pointy...
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You could use "TRIIRIS" as a title, it's the word for ancient greek boat. [link]
Even write it in greek (Tριήρης ;P ) THAT will make some heads turn .. =P =P =P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That would have been cool, but the piece has been shipped and is now in the hands of the client!

I was actually wondering what you would think of it... so, does it all look convincingly Greeky? :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's glorious, Joanne. I laughed at the 'kiddie Alma Tadema'. I probably don't need to tell you that he's among my favourites. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like this- I'm not surprised you're an L A-T fan. I was soooo into him back when I was in high school... I still love his work, even though over the past few years I've been more of a Gainsborough fanatic. But it was great rediscovering him for this job! :D
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Ysa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
wow insane! (the impressiveness) I love it! I think it's perfectly showing the time, some Greek could have this painted on his wall! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you find it authentic. :D
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
The colors alone are magnificent!

Which textbook will this appear in? Perhaps it is even in my school!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm very pleased with the colors, I wanted to make it look very Aegean-ish, and I think I succeeded. :)

This is for the McGraw Hill TimeLinks series. [link] Have you heard of it? I'm not sure if they're textbooks or readers- it's kind of hard to tell from the website.
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
You captured the feel perfectly, those colours are excellent and the detail :omg: Looks like you enjoyed this. You always get the costumes spot on *studied History of Costume*. Where do you usually do your research?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I used to study antiquity a lot (mainly Rome, but some Greek stuff too) so I had a good idea of the subject matter. I have a good costume reference library, but no specialty ancient costume books, unfortunately-I need to get me one of those! For this, I refreshed my memory by looking at a few Alma-Tadema pictures and the Costumer's Manifesto. [link] The ship is modelled afrer the Kyrenia, in case you're interested. :D

Speaking of Greek costumes, have you ever seen Oliver Stone's godawful epic "Alexander"? The costumes are soooo cheesy... it's sad that the Victorian-era reconstructions of chitons are so much more convincing looking than a multi-million film made only a few years ago!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A kiddie Alma-Tadema lol :D He's one of my favourite historical painter, you know. Last year there was an Alma-Tadema exposition in my city, I was very glad to finally see his stuff for real.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're so lucky! I've only seen a few Alma-Tadema paintings here and there... I'd love to see an exposition dedicated to him!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The exhibition was held in an archeological museum, so all the Alma-Tadema pieces were surrounded by archeological manufacts - vases, little tables, other kind of objects - that resembled to the objects painted by A-T. It was really suggestive.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It does sound very cool! :)
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Callista1981 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Beautiful artwork! :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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lorneniesart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Ancient Greeks! I love the Aegean seascape-colors going on--such a beautiful blue. And the character interaction!

And who'd give up a chance to draw a peplos/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I only know the basics of Greek fashion, unfortunately (Herodotus and Plato really don't talk about much more than peploi and himatia--I have some hope for Homer next semester, but that's mostly endless descriptions of armor), but I might do a project on ancient fashion.

Greek is such a fabulous, elegant language. I'll spare you further rambling, but Greece is one of my favorites. : )
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I'm so glad you like it! I'm not the biggest expert on ancient Greek fashions- I know more about ancient Rome. Roman clothes were more layered and fussier, it seems to me. Plus they had the fixation on the woman never taking off her breastband/strophium, which you certainly never saw in Greece! :XD:

Are you thinking of drawing any ancient Greeks yourself? I'd love to see them, if you are.
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Alene Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love the colours, really gorgeous! =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Amazing details. ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
You're welcome! ^^
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Lead-Bullet Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008   Traditional Artist
I love the pots in the foreground, and it all just looks stunning. ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You gotta love pots... and these pots are special. They're amphorae- which is one of my favorite words from this period (since you hardly ever hear it). :D
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Lelablue Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Really interesting. :aww:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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