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Matthew Rawdon study by suburbanbeatnik Matthew Rawdon study by suburbanbeatnik
This is Colonel Matthew Rawdon (seen in the background of this drawing here: [link] ), the Roundhead protagonist of "The Devil's Paintbox," my historical novel set during the English Civil War. Rawdon is a straightforward, brutal cavalryman of lower-class origins who both antagonizes and intrigues Maria Bedell, who can also be seen here. [link]
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good Lord, I seriously cannot get over your drawing style and how well the lines work. When you sketch, do you just do it quickly and see what you get or do you think of the image first and decide how you want it to look? Not sure if that makes sense or not...

The Osprey series is a great reference, isn't it? That's where I get ALL of my 18th century information. Which one did you use for Matthew here? I don't know - despite the definite 'unflatteringness' of 1640s New Model Army kit, it's almost got a robust elegance to it. Odd...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D Yes, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted- I was picturing a full figure view of Matthew in his battle kit, looking like he just got off his horse. I used "Ironsides: English Cavalry 1588-1688" and "Soldiers of the English Civil War (2): Cavalry," which both have great illustrations by Graham Turner and Angus McBride, respectively.

"Robust elegance"... what a great phrase! You've hit the nail on the head to why I like this look so much, for all its bulk. What do you think of the close-up of Matthew, here? [link]

And of course, I'd love to hear what you think of Peggy and Andre... ;P [link]
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome! I'm a huge fan! Haha, McBride seems to have the 'robust elegance' thing down pat - all of his figures have that sort of strange grace about them.
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king-of-clubs Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
I like it, compared to the royalist characters you captured that crude puritanical streak well.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I love your wording... "crude puritanical streak"... that describes Matthew to a T. He's so unlike Phillip Seton, isn't he?

I did another portrait of this character I think you'd find interesting. [link] Rejoice in the unflattering harquebusier armor and buffcoat! My Osprey books were quite useful in getting all the details right. Thanks for the :+fav:- I hope you like this one too!
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