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Mary, Bloody Mary by suburbanbeatnik Mary, Bloody Mary by suburbanbeatnik
I did this for :iconladypakter4life:, and because I thought Mary Tudor needed a picture where she was young and cute, as opposed to where she's the usual stereotypical heavy. It's loosely inspired by the Carolyn Meyer novel, "Mary, Bloody Mary," the first book in the Young Royals series.

Basically I had this image in my head, and I had to get it down in paint before I lost interest in doing it. Mary's here, about 15 or so, dressed in a relatively simple red court gown and with her hair loose, because she's getting ready for bed. (This probably also explains the somewhat unusual display of cleavage, since I figured the maid would have helped loosen the top of the lacing on her bodice.) But her prayers have been interrupted by... just who? I have a pretty good idea of just who it might be, but I leave it to you to decide, dear reader.

Edit: I made the outlines of the shadow stronger and darker when someone pointed out it wasn't clear it was an intruder. Hope it looks better now, guys!
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I read the book but I dont remember this scene! It's so well drawn i want to remember! But i cant!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it wasn't an actual scene, per se... I just wanted to capture the flavor of the novel, so I mushed a bunch of scenes together. ;P
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
oooh!! i have to reread that.
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koppori Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Wow I love this. I remember reading that book in fifth grade and loving it. This could have been the cover illustration. It brings back the whole book for me, because the details on the gown and background are so great, and her expression is so pricelessly appropriate.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm so pleased when I hear from people who loved the book. I actually submitted it to my agent as an example of YA cover illustration... because for some reason publishers think teens want to see fuzzed out Photoshopped digital collages. Go figure! Wouldn't you prefer to see this, rather than this? ;P [link]
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koppori Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
You're welcome! I think it looks great, and I agree that the blurred thing just looks like a weird rip-off of all the Philippa Gregory covers. Cx' I think the illustration has far more character, spunk, and appeal, IMHO.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! :hug: Now if only you could work in the art department of a publishing company...
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koppori Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
No problem! Lololol, I'll get right on that and put in some good words for you. Cx
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Auroralune Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Omg, love that book, Mary, bloody mary. lolz, actually, i have the book WITH me. and ya, it looks a hell of a lot like her, though I never knew Cromwell molested her...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, it's a great book, isn't it? And we'll never know if Cromwell molested her, even though I think it's implied a little in the book (he drifts in and out of her chambers, sweating, alternately bullying her and saying he "admires her," and at one point the king bawdily suggests that she should marry Cromwell, although he won't give her a decent dowry).
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LadyPakter4life Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I wonder if Mary would feel any better if someone actually took the time to give her a snuggle? *takes teenage Mary and hugs her* There There. You can be Catholic all you want. I won't persecute you for it. Now if you don't mind, I'll continue being nonreligious *pats Mary's head and runs away*

LOL.

Anyone notice that Mary seems to very slightly smile in all of her portraits as Queen? (Eworth, More...etc) Or is it my imagination? I don't know....
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No, it's not just you. She seems to be far more pleased with life than Elizabeth... but for some reason Elizabeth is always portrayed as the sexy, approachable one, wandering around everywhere with long flowing hair like some character in a romance novel. *flings hands helplessly into the air*
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Luscus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
Damn, I really like this. I forgot about the novel "Mary, Bloody Mary" until I saw this! And from reading your other comments, I'm oddly gratified that you think Mary Tudor is prettier. She IS, and I've always thought that. I want her dress too! I love Tudor dresses--overly elaborate and ornate Elizabethan creations are in my opinion very unattractive.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool you think that! Elizabeth was so... horsey looking, in that typical English upper class kind of way. I'm not too crazy myself about late 16th century English clothes, with those pointy stomachers, ginormous ruffs and wheel farthingales. But Tudor clothes could be pretty bulky and unflattering too. (The dress in this pic would have been considered fairly plain by 1530s standards.) But England was admittedly kind of a fashion backwater. The Italians and the French had much prettier clothes; the decoration was much more delicate and tasteful, and they weren't so much into clashing patterns and tacky bling. For example, I'm always impressed by Mary Stuart's lovely wardrobe and dress sense, as opposed to the Tudors.
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FaerytaleMalice Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
I love what she's wearing, and the colours, and her hair, and the shadow, and really everything about this : D
-counts the number of "and"s used-
Wow.
I love how there's detail to the wall, yet you've muffled it, or something, so it still stays in the back.
& the random little things you don't notice at first, but are really cool.

Agh.. so this is amazing, but on a separate note [XD]
I must check out the book you mentioned.
I've always read books about Elizabeth, never one about Mary.
How is Mary portrayed in the book?
[Like, usually she gets portrayed as evil, no matter what age they have her.]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Working out the details so they're just right is my favorite part of painting... And I'm so pleased when people notice them. :)

You should definitely read the book. It treats Mary very sympathetically, and it's an enjoyable read. [link]
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grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
ooh inspired. She is amazing...sonot deserving of the name bloody Mary there are bloodier queens...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, there sure were. Elizabeth herself had hundreds of Catholics put to death, including the time-honored method of hanging, drawing and quartering. Although the English might fondly remember Elizabeth, it is good to remember that they also fondly remember Oliver Cromwell- who, like Elizabeth, put down a rebellion in Ireland with extreme brutality. The Irish, needless to say, do not care for either of them.
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grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
I think to rule a country you have to make unpopular decisions. I think any King or Queen has done something questionable to keep power... each monarch has harmed countless lives...not a job I would want for the world. I have to wonder what theBristish public are complaining about with the current Monarchy its positively tame!
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solfieri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is another great piece of work. =) Are these coloured pencils? If so, I envy your skills in painting shadows and highlights with this technique!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, it's all acrylic paint!

My last attempt with colored pencils was "Louis and Emily," [link] and that was frustrating because the colors looked chalky to me, after working with acrylic paint so long.
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solfieri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, it looks kinda grainy so I thought it could be coloured pencils! Still, excelent technique; I don't think I'll ever get the hang of acrylics... XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
The graininess doesn't look bad, does it? Sometimes I feel that my rendering should be smoother....
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solfieri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
No, it looks good; I think it adds character to your personal acrylics painting style. So you don't need to make it smoother at all! =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks! :D
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is quite a nice image of young Mary Tudor. You did great on her eyes and lips, which best suggest Mary's particular characteristic. :thumbsup:
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Absolutely amazing! So is all of your other drawings as well. What I like most about this piece is how well put together it is. It's so... complete. Do I dare to say perfect? Yes I think I do. It's flaweless, theres othing that needs to be changed. Maybe you see things you would like to make differently, but I I like it the way it is.

Her dress is absolutely stunning! It's so wonderfully colored, and the details are really impressive.
Such an inspiring and beautiful piece. I like it alot.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you like it. :D
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LadyPakter4life Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
And guess what dudes?It was done for meeeeeee*evil laugh*
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
I want a dress just like hers :D

I simply love the colours in this piece. And there are so many details! Is that the scene of Lucrece's suicide sculpted on the chest?

It's a bit shocking to see Bloody Mary pictured as a youngster. While at a first glance, her expression seems to belong to a moody teenager, there is menace there and in the fierce way she holds on to the cross.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, very perceptive about the chest carving! I got the carving here... [link] That was my first guess, that it was Lucretia offing herself (although a friend of mine thought it looked like a mermaid).

Yeah, one reason I decided to paint Mary T. is that I realized that I'd almost never seen her pictured as a kid. The way most people think of her, she sprang from Henry's skull fully-grown and arrayed with crucifixes. She was apparently a pretty thing before she got old and bitter; in fact, it seems that Thomas Cromwell had Wicked Designs upon her... a subject alluded to in Carolyn Meyer's excellent book. [link]

Thanks again for your thoughtful and insightful comment! :D
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Anytime :)

And thank you for the link to the reference. I am currently taking a course on Medieval imagery and find it fascinating. Well, this one, dating from the Tudor era is obviously more recent :D

You've made me very curious about the book. I don't think I can order it online though, I still haven't got the book I ordered in July... Hope to come across it in some book shop :)
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bitterbeauty07 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
She looks so beautiful! Its so sad she had such a hard life, no wonder she looks so angry!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, poor Mary... Even now, she still doesn't get much of a break!
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Comtessedelalune Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks fantastic! You captured the moment perfectly.
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FannyJane Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
I :heart: it!!!!!
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Pluku Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Student
i love it!
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Frozen-Elphaba Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
dang... this is awesome... i absolutely love the detail!
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milesmilesaway Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Ohh I love this.
I'm so fascinated by the Tudors. I appreciate that you have done it from a different view then traditionally.

I have read the book and you really brought the image to life. Very vivid.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I wasn't specifically recreating any scene in the book... I just wanted to recreate the mood. (Is that what you meant by my having 'brought the image to life'?) I might do Anne Boleyn next, from "Doomed Queen Anne," if I have the time.
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milesmilesaway Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Yes, that was what I meant; just the image I had of Mary.
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
I love it! The colors are brilliant! The shadow looks good to me! I also love her expression, its awesome!
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
This one I really like: the colors, the texture (" the feel" as some say), and especially her expression -- reminds me a bit of my beloved Pre-Raphaelites.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, it's interesting you should say that. I actually got the pose from Waterhouse, from one of his studies for "The Lady of Shalott." [link] I do love Waterhouse- there's a direct sensuality and emotionalism lacking in other Pre-Raphaelites, like Holman Hunt (who is pretty cool in his own way, but he's no Waterhouse).
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
How beautiful! I love the aggravated look on her face, the color of her dress is beautful.
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sparticus42 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
AMAZING :D i love it!
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Rhapsodyz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Very nice =3
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kyria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
absolutely wonderful shading!! :) i love the peachy skin and red.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kyria! :D
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Wonderful work dear!!!^^ And yes the dress is really amazing. Beautiful red! :D Great details^^
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