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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 Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Besides, clothes were one of the major forms of entertainment, since they lacked so many of the things we have now. So, what's spending half the day getting dressed, if you're some wealthy person of leisure without a car, a job or even video games? ;P
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18thcenturyclub Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
How could we not fav this? It's spectacular. :)
You sure know how to draw your dresses.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Kittensoft Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Love the style and costumes :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Kittensoft Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :)
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TheEmotionalWreck Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008   Writer
^^
I absolutely love this!!! Without a doubt!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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jfrison Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
I've seen this before on Lora's blog. It's beautiful! I love the 18th century fashion.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! They really had a lot of style back then, didn't they? :D
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Aloys-Lenoye Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
that's fantastic ! this dress is gorgeous
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Oh my godness, that is what I call a dress! Or dresses maybe. I adore the coloring! Your style is truly unique. You did a wonderful job on her face and wig, and her face expression is simply fenomenal. Yes, I'm speaking of the one in the middle of the drawing. The others are beautifully drawn as well. Great job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. The dresses were fun to do, if challenging. Bea's not wearing a wig, though... it's her own hair (supplemented).
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
It's not a wig? Cool! :)
Yes, dresses like these always pose a challenge, but you always seem to manage it. Keep it up! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, you know, feminine perukes were relatively rare... most women used their own hair (plus hairpieces, pomatum, rolls, etc) to make the high friseurs we're all so familiar with.

Yeah, all those trimmings gave me a headache, but I'm glad I did it. :)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The big bows remind me of this picture of Carolee Carmello in The Scarlett Pimpernel I saw once. And the cleavage! *snerk* Great expressions on everyone and as always your way with color makes me sigh.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you know if you can find that picture? The musical Pimpernel costumes were pretty well done (if not especially accurate of course). Yes, the 17th and 18th centuries were certainly the golden age of cleavage. :XD:

Glad you like!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's here: [link] Your dress is much better. I love Carolee though. She's crazy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The dress is a bit generic 1780s-1790s, isn't it? But I can see why you'd be reminded of it, though. Her expression is great. ^_^
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like I said, yours it better. :) I saw her on Broadway in Lestat, she's fantastically fun. In that pic she's playing flakey to a T.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
I'm sorry for not being here so often to look at your beautiful art but work has been kind of crazy lately. I'm supposed to hand in my Ba-project next week (Monday, October 6th).

But on to the painting... I simply love the way you draw and paint. I know that I have said this a couple of times - but hell, it's still true. You are simply the best!

I love the whole scene: The atmosphere of the ball room, the elegant dresses, and Alan and Bea look so cute together.

Another thing - your colouring technique always makes me full of wonder. How can you paint with Acrylics like that? I mean, it almost looks like the painting has been painted using coloured pencils.

Amazing painting and a favourite as always. Keep this up and I will soon have faved all the paintings in your gallery!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the note! I'm glad you like it. How did your BA project go?

I paint with acrylics by painting them in thin washes, and using lots of tiny brushes.

I look forward to hearing what you think of my other recent pieces! :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
You are most welcome! Thank you so much for asking about my BA project. The thing is that I found some very interesting material in the last minute and I really wanted to make good use of it in my BA project so I will be handing in my BA project in January instead. It makes things a little more complicated as we also will be having a number of exams comming up soon, but it will be worth it.

That is really an interesting way of painting, and I must say that that method really makes your art very unique. In any case, I really love the atmosphere and personal style your paintings evoke.

I will be taking a look at the art in your gallery as I still need to comment on some of your new additions to your ever growing, and I must say, enchanting gallery!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thansk, Linda. I hope everything goes well with your project! Thanks for all the positive words. As always, I'm looking forward to more of your comments. :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
You are too kind, my dear! I will do my best.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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PhantomLover17 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
love it
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SelkieChaos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Wow. Your attention to detail is amazing! This is stunning.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Lovely! haha! I love the dreamer!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That comic is tremendously addicting, isn't it? :D
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GambitMojo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
alan looks a little older dressed up

Man to get ready back then must have taken forever
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It did take forever, but they had more time and fewer distractions then we have now. :)
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Simply gorgeous period piece! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Booger89 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
beautiful work:D love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like!
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bookwyrmqueen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
This is quite exquisite. I love your attention to detail!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MandyPan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008   Digital Artist
love your colouring .
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
Just amazing and lovely!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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LadyEmber Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
I like this she looks suprised but still glad to se him. Plus I adore the dresses ^^ *FAVE*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I wanted to get just the right look on Bea's face, since Lora is so amazingly good with expressions. I'm so glad you like it! :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional
I think you pulled it off wonderfully! There's nothing stiff about any of the expressions. It's fab.

Hey look for yourself on my blog on Friday. XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Huzzah! Thank you so much. :hug:
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
Wow!!! Great representation of the characters...and Alan looks great in your style :D
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