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Foxy Mary by suburbanbeatnik Foxy Mary by suburbanbeatnik
This is a study I did of Mary Queen of Scots, who- judging from her death mask- was really quite a babe. I also had fun with the details of the costume, and looked at a lot of Clouet drawings for ideas.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Another awesome work from you! Thank you for sharing these!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
 I think that the late, great George Macdonald-Fraser put it best; had Mary Stuart been born into the 20th Century instead of the 16th she would have made quite the pin-up!:D (Big Grin) 

 (Not his exact words, but the spirit is there!). 

 I must here express my admiration for the way in which you have taken M. Clouet's work as an influence and managed to invest this rendition of her late Majesty with the charm she must have possessed in life, but sadly failed to pass down to posterity through her portraits (although God bless her, those handsome genes of hers seem to have followed the bloodline for a few more generations - in the female line and most certainly not the male as any casual inspection of HM James VI and I or Charles I will prove!). 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that the reasons her adult portraits are not-especially-inspiring is because they were done by a lot of not-especially-talented Scottish painters (as opposed to Clouet).

I dunno, I think Charles I was pretty cute, actually.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
 I must admit to suspicions that he had a great deal of assistance from his stable of tame artists (like the great Sir Anthony Van Dyk) in that respect (the poor fellow was plagued throughout his life by rickets and was not much above five feet, if he were even that tall - rather amusing when one considers that his own sons were tall men, Charles II being somewhere in the vicinity of two metres tall!).

 On the other hand his relationship with Queen Henrietta Maria seems to have been both an affectionate and eminently respectable one, especially by the standards of Royal Marriages, so there must have been something worth loving in his late Majesty's person.Nod 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm sure there was a certain level of 'prettying up' that was done, but I doubt that Van Dyck et. al. probably strayed TOO far from the truth. It's very interesting comparing Victorian daguerrotypes and their corresponding portraits. They are definitely the same people, just somewhat "airbrushed." I think the same would have held true for people in earlier centuries. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
 I tend to agree; one suspects that artists who did a little TOO much of the paintbrush-equivalent of photoshopping risked offending their patron even as they sought to flatter them!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, pretty much.
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OTMARomanov Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
wow thats really really good
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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shiannitako Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I felt sorry for Mary, such a horrible end :-( but you capture her image very well :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Floralis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
So do I ) Trully, I think yours will be the best.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Floralis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Oh so great! I wish I could anything like that.
Did you ever make illustration for Tanith Lee's fiction?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Not yet! I hope to someday though.
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
her face is so close of actual paintings of her and her deathmask, it's like you made it come to life! :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ladyli-chan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think I've ever seen her death mask-- I'd really love to!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
There's actually several potential death masks out there. If you do a google image search of "mary queen of scots death mask" you'll see them. :)
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beckyopink Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
wow what a wonderfull drawing u are very talented, u have a talent for bringing characters and historical figures to life well done i love all of your work, its soo different but wonderfull
have u ever done a sketch of anne boleyn?? your drawings should be in books and storys there wonderfull
keep up the amazing work.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've considered painting Anne B., but I'm a bit Tudored out at the moment. I did draw this though: [link]
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beckyopink Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student General Artist
lol your welcome
i love the tudoriffic sketch it soo reminds me of the other boleyn girl movie, it looks loads like natalie portman.
all your drawings are wonderfull you do a realli good job with thm
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you read the "Tudoriffic" caption? I drew that piece in '04, thinking Natalie Portman would make a great Anne Boleyn.
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beckyopink Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student General Artist
lol no i never read it lol
u must b psyic or something 4 years ago u made a statement tht has now come true lol, she was a good anne boleyn tho better thn any of the others ive seen lol
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
nyah. i've faved so much of your stuff and still haven't devwatched it yet...i'm despicable...

anyhow, you draw beautifully and mary stuart is the bomb! :D

i'd write more but i'm going to devwatch you, so...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like Mary Stuart too. :D
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
she's the best...
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
Wow, love this. So much detail, and it seems to be a good representation of her, based off other art. :) Really very wonderful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't know if you can tell, but as I was drawing this I stared at her many portraits and death masks for hours. I feel like I know her face way too well... ;P
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
I can understand it. When I see someone every day for a whole year, they always pop out at me from a crowd. It's like knowing a word you really can't avoid using.
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rokujolady Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Hot damn, your art is good. I love the period pieces. I faved something of yours a long time ago and I'm glad I came back for a second look.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I love all of your historical drawings. They're beautiful!

I host an icon stillness community--costume stills--on LJ. Would you mind if I used some of your sketches in a contest some time in the future? I would be sure to credit you, of course. (And I completely understand if the answer is no! :) ) Here is the link if you're interested: [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really like your LJ community- the design is really nice and elegant. I'm flattered you'd want to use my images, so by all means go ahead. :) What would you do exactly?
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Thank you! I did the layout. ^-^ I would have, say, a Georgian week, and I'd put some of your sketches in with the usual bunch of historical dresses still around/movie caps/whatever else I can scrape together. People would use the images to make icons for other people on LJ. And then they vote on the best icon, and that icon gets bragging rights... It's really just a very easy, simple form of art that is very popular on LJ. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Okey dokey! I don't suppose you'll be using my drawings anytime soon?
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
I think I'll use the in a the next contest after my next one. Which is like....A couple weeks from now. If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to leave a comment when the contest is put in motion, so you can keep an eye on it. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If you could, that would be great. Thanks! :D
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
My pleasure! I'll let you know.
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kaygurl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I love the detail and how you depicted Mary as a beautiful woman.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! She really was depicted unflatteringly once she got to Scotland, wasn't she? But then there really weren't any Clouet-caliber artists at the Scottish court, unfortunately...
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I love all the little details you put into the costumes and hair styles!
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Cwylldren Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The style of this piece reminds a bit of sketches by Albrecht Dürer - well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I love Durer. I'm very flattered! :)
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Cwylldren Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Ochichi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Kudos to ya...
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paynesgreyvampire Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
*GASPS*
*forgets to breath*
*dies*
WOW!
I can't put anything more coherent down...:D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! :)
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paynesgreyvampire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
You deserve it-it's...just....WOW...:D
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