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Bea and Alan at the ball by suburbanbeatnik Bea and Alan at the ball by suburbanbeatnik
Here's a piece of art I did for the amazing webcomic, "The Dreamer," written and illustrated by :iconcomic-chic: . The concept is simple; Bea ends up in a ballroom, attired in the latest 1770s fashions, and there's Alan, actually dressed up for once, either asking her to dance or inviting her outside. There's Betsy Loring in the immediate background, with an even higher hairstyle than Bea's, and literally green with jealousy.

I painted this with acrylics, on watercolor paper sealed with matte medium- no colored pencils or alcohol markers or any of that.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! He is cute, isn't he? ;P
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
:D No, he's kinda hot in this one XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so! :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional
Agreed. :faint:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks! :hug:
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
:giggle:
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
beautiful! (as always) :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
thank YOU. i never thought i'd find someone who actually does funny, original period art. it's hard to find someone who appreciates 16th and 17th century awesomeness!

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like some 16th century stuff, but the 17th and 18th centuries are my favorite periods, because Elizabethan clothes often make my eyes hurt. (I'm painting a whole slew of them right now, on commission. Dear God, I hate peascod bellies soooo much!)
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
i know! in half of his portraits robert dudley looks like a friggin' CLOWN. HOW did elizabeth find him hot? :p
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, she was not the most subtle dresser herself, of course. ;P IMO The French dressed somewhat better at this point in time- you had the same basic styles as the English, but the decoration was a little more subtle, and less globbed on. Mary Queen of Scots dressed really elegantly- I love how she always wore her ruffs open to show her neck, and she always wore these really pretty pearl caps and headbands.

I don't think Elizabeth's sense of style was as good, but then she was a Tudor, and the Tudors always seemed kind of "nouveau riche" to me.
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
i know! mary had style...and although bess set the tone for the english court, i don't really find it all that appealing. and the french had a nice thing going for them...until the late 1700's, at which point it went from elegant to ridiculous.

the tudors were a bit...loud. but i like catherine of aragon's style. she's pretty! and however loud the tudors were, henry still cracks me up. the hat...with the little feather...:lmao:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
By late 1700s, are you talking about the Directoire styles?

Catherine of Aragon was very pretty... and it annoys me that they always cast some severe Castilian actress to play her in movies, when she was an adorable redhead when she was young. I never got how Henry was supposed to be so handsome- because even in the portraits taken when he was young, he looks like a heavy-set, mean-spirited frat boy.
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sofish Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student General Artist
i looooooooove :heart: it's like a 18th century dream, i really like your way of colour to...:)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! You know a lot about the 18th century too, so I'm glad you like it. :)
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ladybexxa Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very Beautiful! Love this!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ladybexxa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yup! :)
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DarthMalice66 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! I like the detail and the time that went into it. The uniform is even accurate! The one thing that I would mention, as a reenactor, if I may be so bold is that the gentleman Alan I guess, should have either the waist sash or the shoulder sash, not both. However that's so trivial compared to the thought, skill and acuracy of the rest of the piece. I love it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It means a lot to have an actual reenactor approve of this. (I'm from California, and the last time I was at a revolutionary war site was when I was eight.) I'm afraid I don't much about the uniforms of the Continental soldiers- I know more about the British- so I had to ask Lora (aka Comic-chic) for pictures of relevent uniforms. I think you're right about the sash, though. Oh well, next time... :blushes:
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DarthMalice66 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's ok. I mean if that's the ONLY thing that's wrong (which it is) than you're doing a hell of a lot better than most! I'm just glad you actually care enough and spend enough time to research the uniforms and make them as accurate as you do.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I love research. I'm always happy when people appreciate it. Although I'm always afraid I'm screwing it up horribly somehow...

Out of curiosity, what's a typical error you've seen, for depicting uniforms of this period?
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DarthMalice66 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Overall.... it's usually the facings (lapells and cuffs and such) People tend to make them wider, which is correct for the Seven Years War, but incorrect for the American Revolution. The other thing is sashes (no offence). People seem to use the over-the-shoulder sashes a lot more than they were. Waist shashes were the most commonly done. You don't see many over the shoulder sashes until you hit the General ranks. Brigadier General was a rose color, Major General was crimson, and Lieutenent General (which there was only one of) was a light blue. Everyone else had red waist sashes, unless their uniform called for something different or none at all.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's interesting about the facings. One thing I've always found interesting about 18th century facings, is that they parallel how, in the 20th century, lapels got very wide in the 1920s and '30s, to become really narrow by the early '60s. When watching 18th century costume movies, I always keep an eye on the facing/cuff size on the coats to see if it matches up with the decade. Some films get it right, but a lot of films get it wrong. Silly costumers! ("Farinelli" is particularly awful for mistakes like that. It's set in the 1730s, but the main character walks around in 1780s suits. AND he has a mullet. Ugh!)

Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the sash- I'll be sure to remember that now! :)
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DarthMalice66 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
The movie Amadeus is actually fairly accurate with it's fashion and costumes, not so much with it's history, but what's new there right?
Anyway, glad I could be of assistance. Feel free to look me up if you have any other questions.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, as much as I love "Amadeus," the costumes aren't that good. :iconseitou: wrote up a great review of the movie here: [link]
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lorneniesart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
I love Bea's expression!--and she's gorgeous, too. Of course, lovely dress as well; did the pattern take a long time?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The pattern didn't take as long as I was afraid it would, since I kept the flower sprig pattern fairly abstract, if you look at it closely. Painting the ruching and assorted frou-y decoration was much more time-consuming.

Next time, I'm going to paint an empire dress... :P
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Its looks very great ;) I like the dress^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- I'm so glad you like it! :XD:
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
I always like your work, you know ;)
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kyria Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
beauuuutiful!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kyria! :D
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful shading! I love her expression.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
There's something about the main figure that makes me want to have a zurg rush or something. This is just...epic. Excessively well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww, Keegan! I'm not entirely sure what a zurg rush, but I love how you said it. As I was doing it, I thought of you, Seitou and Andrew. You're all my LMH peeps! :glomp:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
I think it's internet slang for physical spasms of some kind, or a completely mind blowing experience. Which is kind of what this is : D Joanne you're too cool! LMH peeps fo-evs! :hug:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll have to remember to use 'zurg rush' at some point. Although 'zurg' makes me think of the Evil Emperor Zurg from the Buzz Lightyear cartoon show...

You're cool too, Keegan! Costume geekery 4evah! :glomp:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Omg, Emperor Zurg. That made me laugh. Or lol? Either works I guess. I enjoyed the Costume geekery term, it certainly fits us to a T : D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It does, doesn't it? :XD:
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, how amazing. :) What a beautiful piece, I really like the color range and her dress is so pretty! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Pirate-Liz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love your colors! The Dreamer is an amazing comic, and this is an amazing fanart to match!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Here's a hearty huzzah for The Dreamer! I'm so glad you like this piece, and you're also a fan of the comic. It is awesome, isn't it? :D
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Pirate-Liz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
It is very awesome! :D
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
I'm in love with it!! Well, and lots of other of your works. LOL
I really like this. Awesome job!! :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
You're very very welcome!!!
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