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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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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Just gorgeous!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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maxtiger465 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
I have read that book great job
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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The-Random-Dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
awesome drawing skills; love the dress!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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foreverbeginstoday Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that you did a young Mary Tudor!! She's perfect
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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samus94 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
LOVE THIS! And love the book too! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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isthisrubble Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so who is she being interrupted by? i never realized she had an affair with anyone..........

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
She's not having an affair with anyone-- she's angry at whoever's coming in.
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isthisrubble Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:slow:
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mango-curry-girl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
i haven't read the book, but this is a lovely picture! going to look for it in my library now :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I hope you enjoy the book!
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mango-curry-girl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
i'm sure i will (if i find it). it sounds pretty interesting.
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ZellyKat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is beautifully done.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Kaerale Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Your artwork is incredibly beautiful. The deep, rich tones of that dress are just gorgeous, and the shading and detail of the cloth, stone and wood is breathtaking. It's nice to see a picture of Mary Tudor in her earlier years. I never could stand the nickname of Bloody Mary. She was an unfortunate woman who had some of the worst luck imagainble, and a horrible father.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. Poor Mary!

And thank you for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it.
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OrgelFantasia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
i wish i could draw like this!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thanks! :)
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HopeAndFreedom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Thats awesome :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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HopeAndFreedom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Welcome ^_^
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AmyVarens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
wooow that's awesome!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AmyVarens Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
^^
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coloradogirl86 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Great picture. I love that you got her hair color right. Most show her with dark brown hair. The dress is stunning and clearly shows motion.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I had fun putting in a redhead in a Chinese red dress. I find it interesting how Elizabeth's red hair is celebrated by many people-- but Mary and Catherine of Aragon, who both had bright red hair, are usually depicted as stereotypically Spanish brunettes. I guess it's a way of making them more "foreign" or something... It's hard to say. :P
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mindistorted Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student
i love Mary and her mother, Catharine
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
They are pretty cool.
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Synthetic-Xlora Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
The colors and detail are lovely, it makes you really want to know what's going on. Plus that approaching shadow on the floor is a great addition. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, the shadow makes it, I think. :)
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GinnyWeasley-13 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really amazing.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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A-Phoenix-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Well done. I am very interested in history. She is very pretty and her position flows. It looks natural. I really like this one. :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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A-Phoenix-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
You're welcome :)
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VICON1994 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
That whore!!! I hate her!!! But i like the painting!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like the painting, but calling Mary Tudor a "whore" seems kind of harsh...
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thebookbug5 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Ive read MARY BLOODY MARY and I think this is a really good interpratation on Bloody Mary as a kid, its AWESOME!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student
love her expression and the details! I must say, the loose red hair threw me off at first, thought it was Elizabeth..
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like! :D

You know, I find it interesting that it's become a convention now to show Elizabeth with loose red hair, while Mary always is portrayed as a scowly brunette with her hair screwed back under a hood. I guess it comes from Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth." Mary was as much of a ginger as her sister, and running around with one's hair down was not really done by anyone. (Mary wore her hair loose for her coronation, just like Elizabeth did-- that was a formal gesture, not a habit. I believe they even wore the same dress, though I'd have to reread my books to see if that's right.)
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student
You know, I keep picturing Mary as a brunette just because I picture her as somber and devout, though I guess maybe her hair graying relatively quickly has something to do with that. But it makes sense, since her parents both had bright reddish gold hair, hee.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
There's lots of portraits of Mary here-- [link] -- and you can see how red she was. Man, those ginger genes must have been dominant back then! :P
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Student
ahh, you're right.. very red, especially in her youth. She seems a bit darker around the 1550s though.
Well, I know that "Titian" red (the reddish gold that the Tudors seem to exemplify) was the ideal hair colour of beauty back in the day. I believe I have read also that women would rinse their hair with natural substances that would make it that colour if they didn't have it naturally, or enhance.. maybe that accounts for some of it? Or maybe the Tudors just have a lot of redhead genetic carriers, especially since they're all interbred anyways ^^;
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I've been told that red hair was not at all stylish in England in the 15th century (that was blond hair), but it became very popular once the red-headed Tudors ascended to the throne. The Tudors did seem pretty interbred... there were so many cousins intermarrying. :P
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
hmm, that could be plausible also. Fads of beauty always come and go anyways, lol.

And they wonder why they keep getting ill and dying.. no surprise that the queens who were originally foreign lived the longest!
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