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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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:iconelenatria:
ElenaTria Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You keep getting the "coloured pencils" comment, don't you.... =P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, how can you tell? :XD:
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeap. =P
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
wow. how do you get that texture with acrylics? anyways, what I really wanted to say is yay! this is super duper
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I work with layered acrylic washes and glazes, and I create depth and texture by cross-hatching with small brushes. Thank you- I'm glad you like it! :D
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh, ok. that's cool to know. it looks to great!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm amazed by the fact that your acrylics looks exactly like your pencil pieces... My acrylics looks radically different from my watercolours, for example.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I've been told my work is very "consistent"... perhaps a bit too consistent sometimes, I think. :P I should experiment more with different media, the way I did when I was in school.
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Beautiful, you drew them wonderfuly. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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Callista1981 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
This work is so wonderful!!! :clap: :rose:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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theresebees Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Beautiful, especially the colors, clothes and expressions!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional
Oh my word this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The detail is AMAZING! :excited: Your Alan is soooo wonderful! I love his face and expression (and Bea's too)...! ZOMG, I fell in love with Alan all over again when I saw this!! :drool: He looks so good in blue! :XD:

**squee** THANKS SOOOO MUCH!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it! I wanted to make the characters look formal and glammed up, but I also wanted to make them look true to your original designs. How do you like Mrs. Loring? And Bea's pink robe a la francaise? Man, that was just sooo much frou to paint. I don't think I want to paint another robe a la francaise for another six months! ;P
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional
lol! Bea's dress is insane/beautiful! And I love Mrs. Loring. I just love that you put her there! ha ha! She's only been in one page of my story, so I've never gotten Betsy Loring fan art but I love it! She definitely seems the type to care whose hair is the highest at a ball. ;P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like Bea's gown! As for Mrs. Loring, she definitely seems like a fashion victim (I can just see her sitting on the floor of a coach because of the height of her coiffure). Are there any portraits of her out there? I wonder what happened to her IRL...
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional
Hmm. I'm trying to remember. I think she eventually moved to England b/c there are papers William Howe signs for her years later that survived. I can't remember exactly what the papers were for, though. ^^; I'm pretty sure that her husband died and left her a widow.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but was she a merry widow? I'd love to hear what happened to her...
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional
I haven't a clue. But I doubt she was merry. Stuff like that tends to ruin people, and make them bitter and empty. :(
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that's rather depressing to think about, even if she wasn't the most savory character... :(

Have you ever seen this page about Mrs Loring here? It seems to be a compliation of info from different pages. Interesting, esp. about the part about Uma Thurman playing Mrs. Loring... (!!)

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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Her expression is lovely! You have a really 'lively' technique.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Lively's good, right? :)
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
He he Oh yes ;) lively's very good
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks!
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
The detail's just beautiful :love: And it looks pretty damn accurate too :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- I'm glad you like it! I think this is my best robe a la francaise yet. :)
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You're AMAZING!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! :D
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Seitou Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love:

I love Bea's hair *___* Normally, I'm not too crazy about the 1770s, but I really love all the dresses in this scene.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I know you're a 1780s girl, but I'm glad this pic makes you like the 1770s a bit more. :)
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
This is so beautiful! I love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Gorgeous! I love the colour and detailing on the dress, and the background detailing is fab. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Sus!
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