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Colonel Matthew Rawdon is the Roundhead protagonist of my English civil war era novel, "The Devil's Paintbox"; he's a straightforward, brutal cavalryman of lower-class origins who both antagonizes and intrigues Maria Bedell, an aristocratic spy. This is a companion piece to "Maria Bedell," ([link]) where Rawdon could be seen in the background; here, Maria can be seen haughtily looking off into the distance.

After having read countless novels and watched countless shows set in English Civil War times where a dashing cavalier figures as a hero, and a relentlessly cruel and fanatical Parliamentarian does his best impersonation of a Bond supervillain (i.e. the "By the Sword Divided" miniseries), I decided I should turn the tables for my story. Granted, Rawdon doesn't seem like a very nice guy- he's a hardened soldier who's done his share of atrocities- but he does redeem himself, in a way, by the end of the novel.

Another sketch of this character can be seen here: [link]
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
I simply love your character studies! You are very good at making a persons personality shine through and to make them alive. I sense so much passion in your art - especially your history inspired works. Do you enjoy reading about history?

I would love to know more about your Civil War Novel. I really love the Civil War period in England and have written a few stories set in this era too.
I simply love the fashion of this period in history!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Oh yeah, I love history, esp. the early modern period. That's so cool you've written stuff set in the 1640s! Can I read them? I'll send you a few chapters of my novel, if you like.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
It's always nice meeting other people who love history. I really love the early modern period too. There is just something to be said about the period between 1500 and 1800 - there are so many interesting people and events!

I love the Stuart period in English history. Sometimes historians see the Stuart kings as being not as glorious as the rulers in the Tudor period. Of course there were a lot of problems connected to that particular period in history but I think that the Stuart kings deserve a little recognition. I especially love the reign of James I, Charles I and Charles II and also the Commonwealth period under Oliver Cromwell. There is just something very fascinating about the fate of these people and the events in which they lived. Also, I can't seem to get enough of the 1600-1650 style of fashion.

Many of my novels are in Danish. I am in the process of translating them into English. But I would be more than happy to let you read them when I have translated them. They are very heavy reading (they tend to be very long and very heavy on plot) so I understand if you will not have the time to read them though. But if you are still interested I can send the first one your way when I get it translated.

Oh, and please do send the chapters of your novel my way. I would love to read it. There is nothing I love more than good fiction set in a historical era!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Let's have a hearty huzzah for the Stuarts! Sure, a lot of them were incredibly annoying and had terrible judgment, but they were awfully cool at the same time. Charles I and Henrietta Maria were the cutest couple, and they dressed so well! Of course, I understand why Cromwell et al. couldn't stand them, but that's because they weren't as shallow as me. ;P

That modern-day Tudor propaganda about the overwhelming greatness of Lizzy is so irritating. If she was so great, why did she die heirless, with her people eagerly giving it to the son of a woman she'd executed? In a way, she was responsible for the destablization of the kingdom, with her refusal to continue the Tudor dynasty. (Plus I rather doubt that Lizzy could have survived against Cromwell either.) But I suppose it's just as well those Welsh upstarts died off- it made more room for the Scottish upstarts! :)

I'd love to look at your novel. Could you give me some idea of the plot?
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Yes, yes! The Stuarts need some more love and caring. I really hope that more people get to see how awesome they really were. I just love Charles I and Henrietta maria. They looked so beautiful together, they had a beautiful sense of style in clothes and they really seemed to love each other. I don't think that Cromwell had anything against them personally. When Charles I had been executed Cromwell is believed to have said "Cruel necessity." He just felt that the death of Charles I would be the best for the country.

Well, I love the Tudor period and the Elizabethan Era too. Sometimes it can be a little too much when people to day only talk about this period in English history. I mean, I love it as much as the next person, but there really are other just as interesting periods in English history.

As for my novel... it takes place in the turbulent period between the overthrow of Oliver Cromwell and the return of Charles II. Isabel, the female heroine, is out of an aristocratic family who is known as being very devoted to the King. Isabel is a very delicate woman but firm of purpose and becomes a spy among the Roundheads. It's a turbulent time and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a struggle - a struggle of Government and love - as she falls in love with one of the men in Oliver Cromwell's army, a Roundhead and a very charming but also complicated man.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Care and feeding of the Stuarts... haha! Well, I seriously get pissed off when people diss Henrietta Maria- that she was a shrew, that she looked like a monkey, that she was a stupid twit, that she was a terrible mother, etc. I've heard it all. I think she was (in your words) charming and complicated, a good person, with poor judgment, but who could admit her faults. I love how she was such a spitfire. I don't get why a lot of people, even nowadays, take such a virulent dislike to her.

Have you seen this doll of Henrietta Maria here? [link] The guy who does them are amazing!

By the way, your novel sounds great, in addition to sounding eerily similar to mine. *cues Twilight Zone music* My novel too involves a Royalist lady, employed as a spy, who falls in love with a Roundhead. However, mine takes place in 1644, and my heroine is half-Spanish. And there's a big ass battle and lots of war stuff involved, and swashbuckling, and listening at keyholes. I'm sure there's lots of other differences too! :D When do you think you'll have yours translated?
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I can't understand why people nowadays seem to dislike the Stuarts and Henrietta Maria so much either. Sometimes it really pisses me off when they diss this amazing period in history. I wish they would give them some more credit. They were complicated persons but also very courageous. And yes, Henrietta Maria really was a spitfire, wasn't she. I just love historical women with personality and the courage of their concivtions.

That man who make dolls is really amazing. I have always found people who make dolls to be very interesting. I could never do such a thing. It really must take a lot of work to make them look so beautiful.

Oh, I never rally thought about the similarities before. But I guess it can be very easy to have similar ideas when it comes to historical novels. But yes, there are similarities, but also a lot af differences too. My story hasn't got as much war stuff in it - of course there is war stuff involved but you get a look at it mostly from when the characters in my story talks about it, there are a few scenes of war, but mostly my plot is centered around the aristocrats and their plot to get King charles II back on the throne. I have always loved descriptions of nature in fiction so there are a lot of those in my story too. I just love the English country side. A lot of my plot also happens among members of the elite so there is a lot of descriptions of the interior of the stately homes. Then there is a lot of spying involved and some romance.

Your story sounds great too. I look forward to reading it. Have you been inspirated by Dumas - I mean by all the swashbuckling action? He happens to be a favourite author of mine and a bit of an inspiration when writing fiction too.

I don't know how quickly I can translate my story. I hope I will get something done within a month or so. But I can send you a note when I have translated the whole novel.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll send you the story soon! I'm finishing a job right now, so it might be later today or tomorrow. So, how'd you get so interested in the ECW (english civil war) to begin with?

Who are you favorite authors, other than Phillipa Gregory? Re: Dumas, I love the Richard Lester movies based the Three Musketeers (the ones with Michael York and Raquel Welch). But writing wise, I prefer Sabatini.
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
that looks frightningly like me.... and im a parliamentarian too! ha lol, excellent work again! :D :salute:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? Hehe... I have been told that this character looks "extremely English, like the kind of guy you'd see in South London waiting for the tube..." ;P That's awesome you're a Parliamentarian, there aren't very many of 'em on dA... yet Royalists abound! I am considering doing a big collage style "Phoenix Queen"-esque painting for my novel, "Devil's Paintbox," because I think there needs to be more English Civil War era art on dA, but unfortunately that's way down on my priority list at the mo...

Anyway, thanks for faving! Glad you like it! :D
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
there's a need of civil war stuff eh? maybe i can be pursuaded to do some then! and yep parliamentarian all the way! Give me the new model army any day! (coldstream guards were part of the new model army - now they guard the queen - ironic huh?)

not sure i look like a londoner! lol, I'm Mancunian/Lancastrian/Cheshire meself! :D

i'm gonna have to read some of your stuff in that case! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup, there's almost nothing about the English civil war here- just do a search and between the photos of reenactors and assorted cannons, you'll see pics by me and . But that's it! (There's a lot more stuff about the American civil war, not surprisingly. Blah.) So, go and do some cool 1640s era stuff! We need more doublets, stays and wheellocks on Deviantart!

I actually modelled Matthew on Tim Roth, who is from London. I only saw a small pic of you on your myspace page, so it's hard for me to tell if you look like Tim Roth or not. Do you? ;P

You're welcome to read my novel once I'm more along with it- I'm in the middle of revisions. Hopefully, someday I'll finish it.... :P
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
umm, i dont know - a little like him i'd guess... that said im told i look like ed norton?!!?! but i cant see that myself! heh!

aye to battle and i'll aim to produce some english civil war stuff 'for god an parliament!'

there's plenty of pics of me on da though - i do stock photos, here's some pics: me= [link]

my alias (who looks like me) = [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You look a little like Edward Norton.. and a little like Tim Roth... you also remind me a bit of the guy who plays Norrington in the POTC movies. ;P
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
:D now that association i do like!!!! :D i really like that character! thanks!!! (i'll remember all this!!!)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought you'd appreciate the comparison... Norrington is my fave char from POTC as well. I sure hope they don't screw him up in the last movie... grrr!
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Art-Yooyoo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Very nice ^^ Love details !
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Love the details, particularly in his face. As a fan of pencil work when presented as a finished piece or study, I find your style quite appealing.

But he seems to have gained a bit weight since your last study of him; perhaps he is enjoying the good life now? *lol*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You silly person, of course he hasn't gained weight! :P He's wearing a steel cuirass over a coat of tanned cowhide with a thick sash tied around his waist, with thick gauntlets and thigh high riding boots, which is not exactly the most slimming of outfits... He's exactly the same as he is in the other drawing, except it's not a full figure and it's from a different angle. *rolls eyes*

Anyway, I'm glad you like the drawing! I do enjoy drawing craggy featured men. ;P
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
*lol*
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sofish Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Student General Artist
ure soo good!:omg:>.<
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I'm so pleased you like my surly Roundhead! :D I figured he wouldn't get as many favs as my period fops or fashionistas, because- you know- he isn't pretty and he's badly dressed.
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sofish Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Student General Artist
ah, i like it very much, but i couldn t write more comment..sorryXD now i can..
why do u think more peoples fav cause of the fashion and prettyness..
i look how good the artist is:D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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sofish Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Student General Artist
welcomeness :D
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NorthwestMarmot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
What I love about the cavalry clothing of the times is it is the quintessential "Do I look fat in these chasseurs?" look. :P

Matthew is both intriguing and repulses me at the same time. Well done!
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Grumpy grumpy Matthew. Maria's head is saying "I wouldn't touch him with yours!" but the rest of her is saying "Yes, please, I will take five."
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kyria Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
very nice face. i like how you used crosshatching to define the shapes and shading :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Uhhh he looks very good!! :love: A strong man..*hihi* Wit a sweet tummy;P Really great!!! :thumbsup:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, he doesn't have a tummy, it's just the fabulously bulky 1640s armor and buffcoat... :P
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Ohhh 0.0...how sad...*sniff* ;) Well...then not.;P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, you know those roundheads were never about fashion... ;P I've heard a number of English civil war reenactors bitch about how unflattering these clothes are...
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
*grrr* Yeah, but why not, hm? A good man is someone who have a sweet tummy in my opinion..:love:;P Flesh on his bones.;)
Hmmmm...i see. But i think it looks still good on mens...*wink* :)
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Very unflattering, to say the least, but you know he needs it to offset the sexXxay, to prevent him from being chased down the street by those intent on molestation.
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king-of-clubs Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
The utilitarian and functional look of his kit is a good contrast to the elaborate, and unnessecary clothes that Seton wears. Of course it reflects a utilitarian and functional nature, haha...
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