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Anne Boleyn by suburbanbeatnik Anne Boleyn by suburbanbeatnik
Here's a random sketch I did for fun. ELO's own Jeff Lynne serenades Anne Boleyn with the sweet strains of "Evil Woman"-- I don't think she's too pleased.

Anne's face is a composite of the portraits found here, with more weight given to the Horenbout miniature and the Holbein sketch, since they're the most likely contemporary representations of her. Her gown and headdress is from Corneille de Lyon's portrait of Anne de Pisseleu, c. 1530.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
 From that little side-sketch, might I deduce that you too are a fellow advocate of late Queen Catherine? (formerly Catalina of Aragon).

 (I admit to having no great hatred for Mistress Boleyn, I merely have a degree of admiration for Catherine the Queen, her fortitude and rectitude in the face of … well, her Husband). 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's not Catherine, that's ELO's Jeff Lynne! ;P
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
 Really?:o (Eek) 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a silly quote... :P 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
 Perhaps so, but then aren't all the best ones silly?;) (Wink) 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Such an interesting face and expression here.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'd love to do a painting of Anne Boleyn eventually... hmmm....
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Beautiful sketch. And I love the slightly annoyed, slightly haughty expression. Usually she's drawn with a flirty little smile, and while that's nice, this expression is a refreshing change.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. This has always been how I pictured her-- not seductive, but kind of arrogant and sullen. Anne was an interesting person, with some charisma, but "lovable" was not really an adjective that fit her.
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I always found her to be intelligent, a little bit arrogant, very aloof, but lovable with those she was closest too, like her brother. I think she had to wear a mask a lot of the time.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well said. Yeah, it always seemed that way to me too.
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I used to dislike her immensely. I read Mary, Bloody Mary and only saw Mary's point of view, so I thought she really was a bad person. But then I read Doomed Queen Anne. And then I did some research on her. And now, she's my personal hero.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? I think Anne was an interesting person, but I don't find her particularly heroic, though I do feel that she was betrayed by Henry. If you don't mind my asking, why is she your personal hero?
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
She's my hero because she didn't behave how other women were behaving for her time. When Henry wanted to bed her, she held out, and wouldn't let herself be used like that. Before she got involved with the king, she defied the times by making her own betrothal. She was intelligent and despite not being the prettiest girl in the room, she used her charisma to put all eyes on her. I guess I look up to her because she was confident, and made the best out of any situation that was thrown at her, and when she couldn't get out of a situation (such as her trial and execution) she faced it with dignity and grace.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for such a deeply thought-out answer! I really appreciate it.

By the way, would you possibly be interested in commissioning a portrait of Anne Boleyn? If you do-- and you'd like it in time for Christmas-- I'll give you a special rate. :)
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! :heart:

I especially adore her not amused expression. I've flirted with the idea of doing semi realistic portraits of the six wives before (whenever I eventually find time to do so!) and it's work like this that totally inspires me to follow through on that idea. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! I'm glad you like it. Have you had a chance to do your own Tudor pieces yet?
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't had the time to draw in forever! Damned higher education! :shakefist: I'm hoping maybe this summer I'll be able to at least do more research in the Tudor Wives for artistic purposes.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good luck on that-- I've been very busy myself. Keep me posted on your work's progress! :)
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'll need it! I just have so many ideas I want to draw but not enough time! I'm in my last week of classes before summer break so I'm hoping to get back to my drawing I started back in August come this weekend.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know the feeling! So many ideas, so little time...
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just keep trying to write them all down so I don't lose them! :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know the feeling! :faint:
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I love your historical drawings so, so much, seriously :-)
I love that you didn't make Anne too conventionally gorgeous as I've always thought it made her more interesting that it was her personality which made Henry obsessed with her, more than her looks. And I love that you based it on contemporary portraits (though to be honest, I still have a hard time looking at that Horenbout miniature and seeing Anne, even though I know it is more likely to be how she really looked than some of the more familiar portraits of her).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Anne could have been described as a "belle laide" (a French expression to describe an unconventionally attractive woman), though in movies she's usually cast as your typical brunette hottie (with the possible exception of Dorothy Tutin in "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"). Also, I tried to dress her in an outfit that wasn't the usual B-necklace portrait outfit, because I'm sure she wore more than one thing.
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robinraven222 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Oh! HERE she is! Just needed to think through the possibilities, and I got lucky. See, there you go again, capturing poetry and the soul of things. This lady is not a happy person, and just now she thinks no one's looking at her, so who she actually IS is leaking through the facade. The minute she thinks she's being observed, the sparkle and sophistication will switch back on with a vengeance. I just love that you've looked past the song and dance, and give us Anne actually being Anne. Outstanding. I'm sure those squirrels are superlative as well. Damn, you are good!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Eventually I hope I can do a painting of her, once my deadlines are done... thanks again for being so patient. :)
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I like it! And the singing dude made me giggle, which was needed today. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL haha yes! Thanks! :XD:
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice :)

First comment too! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Now that I think of it, my version of Anne kind of looks like Merle Oberon with a bigger nose...
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's still very good though. :)
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