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Mme. Pompadour thank you cards by suburbanbeatnik Mme. Pompadour thank you cards by suburbanbeatnik
EDIT: These cards are now available in my Cafepress store!
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These are two cards I drew last night, to send out to a few art directors I know. I decided on a Madame Pompadour theme, mainly because I wanted to do something 18th century, but nothing involving the 1770s and 1780s. There's more to the 18th century than big hair! Although I like drawing/painting big hair as much as anyone else, of course, I think it has a tendency to be overdone. And the 1740s/1750s had perfectly cool clothes, as is seen in all those fabulous Boucher portraits of Mme. Pompadour.

Also, Sophia Myles was just terrific as Mme. Pompadour in that recent episode of Doctor Who!
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
I have to apologize for my english today, I write to fast without thinking about what I write. What I meant was that I do think dresses like that are beautiful, but how much I like them I would look stupid in one myself. Also, I prefer boys, so what I think is the most beautiful of all is boys in 18th century clothing. ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I understand. ;P

Just picture it... an embroidered frock coat and waistcoat; tight white satin knee-breeches and silk clocked stockings; elegant heeled shoes and to top it all off, the hair itself powdered, curled and bound back into a queue with a black riband...

How does that sound? :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Wow, you sure know what you're talking about. Yes, that sounds awfully good if you ask me. I wouldn't say no. ^^
I guess you're very busy, but maybe sometime you could draw something like that dedicated to me...? I don't mean you should send it to me, simply upload it here on DA so that I can look at it and be amazed. Because all of your drawings are amazing.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You could tell I had fun writing that description, eh? :D Well, I might be able to draw a picture, but it all depends on the time. :) I'm so flattered that you're amazed by my work- you're not so dusty yourself!

By the way, have you seen :iconharu-de-meziere:'s work? He loves drawing pretty 18th century men, and he's unbelievably good at it. He did this piece for me; it's hanging on my wall at home. :D [link]
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
I meant that a dress like that would look stupid in me. xD And of course, I find that very beautiful but I do prefer other boys wearing 18th century clothing. ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Who could resist those tight knee breeches? :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
*drools* ^^
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Art-Yooyoo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Awesome work ! I like her clothes ^^ :+fav:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MalaPokusa Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't help it - I jsut love those little white faces and tiny, squished waists :heart: I hope one of the art directors will think the same!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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RedPassion Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
WOWOW!!! :love: She looks fantastic!!!! I love your sketchings^^:D :clap:
And as always the way you draw the dresses!!! :heart: But its funny...on the left one i like the lower part and on the right one the top.^^;
*fav oy coures*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. So glad you like it! :dance:
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
You´re everytime welcome dear! :hug:
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bluerosetayu Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Wow....these are beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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sofish Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Student General Artist
damn..i love it! so very..rococo-s!
:+fav:
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Skoane Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Beautifuly drawn...great work!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks... you have a lovely gallery yourself! :D
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Skoane Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
You are welcome and thank you!! :D
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laureng2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Oh! Shes so pretty! And the lap cat just completes it *applause* Awesome job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D *bows*
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primulatook Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
quite lovely!
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful sketches!
(Sophia Myles in Dr Who?! Oh, wasn't she great in "Underworld"? Haven't seen "Tristan and Isolde")
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't seen "Underworld" either. I didn't hear the best reviews for that movie, nor for T&I. But I'm sure Sophia Myles is worth watching, no matter what the rest of the movie is like... :)
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
True true! Sophia Myles is such a sweet and elegant thing. I wonder what her real breakthrough performance will be...
("Underworld" sucked. But Bill Nighy was delicious in it...)
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Ysa Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
oh so excellent! has the rococo feeling all over it!
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Nephthys9 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's because it's more impressive but people always think about the XVIIIth century as the time where ladies and men wore strange and bulky wigs. Sometimes, it's good to prove them they aren't completely right ;).

Beautiful work. La Pompadour was such an elegant and clever woman for her time, I think you succeeded in drawing her.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well...*puts on Costume Nazi hat*... women didn't really wear wigs, they supplemented their hair with hair pieces, lard, "high rolls," lard and powder. Hence the problem women in the '70s and '80s had with fleas... Yuck!

Anyway, thank you! I love Mme Pompadour... she was quite possibly the coolest royal mistress ever.
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Nephthys9 Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe... thanks for giving me those precise details, I took down notes... ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Gosh, I'm sorry, I know I get awfully pedantic about things like this... :blushes:
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Nephthys9 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's allright, you don't have to apologize :lol:.

Seriously, I think it's good to find and hear from people who are extremely keen on what they do. Moreover, sharing knowledge with others is always rewarding.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks... I'm glad you don't mind my costume pedantry! ;P
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
I envy the art directors getting those cards!

D-M
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kyria Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
lovely and pretty and sweet!!
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
I'm more attracted to the reasoning behind it. I used to do the same thing. Neat trick to make them remember you.

Needless to say, however, I found them most attractive, particularly together as a diptych. Love their gentle expressions and the kitty as well.

Hope those directors appreciate them too.


...Cool clothes? Not if you have to squeeze into them. Not if your costume enters the room long before you. Not if you crowd the room -- by yourself. *lol*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, don't diss panniers!! I want a Watteau gown with panniers... :P They're so much prettier than farthingales, and look just as pretty from the back as from the front.

I hope they appreciate them too. I stilll haven't sent them yet... I'm mentioning this, as a reminder to myself to do it before the end of the week!
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
These are really quite beautiful, teh second one I like best, and her hands are so graceful. You should consider sending these to a publisher of some sort! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, they are being sent to people who work for publishers... Viking and Scholastic to be precise. The people I'm sending them to have been very nice and have met me more than once to see my work. :)
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Oooh I love these! They are super fantastic!! I am so jealous of you!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You shouldn't be, I'm not keeping them! ;P
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
OMG I SOOOOOOOOO LOVE THESE! Like you don't even know. I agree, the earlier Roccoco gowns need some of that lovin feeling. I think these would look phenomenal painted, but of course it's up to you!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I'll just send them off to the ADs while I'm in town. But I'm so glad you like them! Like Seitou suggested, I might paint over prints later...
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
OOOO! Scholastic, really? Oh I hope these do get published! They'd look just as elegant in a book black and white! How exciting. I've changed my mind, I think they look absolutely sumptuous left unpainted!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. But don't get too excited yet- they're just being sent to people I know as a thank-you for meeting with me! :)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Oh right......Mme. Pompadour "thank you" cards............got it........ya..umm..my bad......... lol. I'm kind of dense sometimes, lol.
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww. They are so lovely! I especially like how the cat is nestled on her dress.

Sophia Myles is terrific all over. Have you seen her roles in either Dracula or Oliver Twist?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think so... Is that the recent BBC remake of "Dracula"? I knew she was in "Tristan & Isolde" but it didn't get very good reviews, and the idea of watching a movie set in the 6th century with laced-up gowns made me cringe. ;P
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. That's the one...it was a waste of her talent and the talent of everyone in it's talent. Shame too cause it would have been AWESOME. Great cast, very realistic filming. But they shoved what should have been 3 hours into 90mins and the result....ultimate badness.

But Sophia and Marc were lovely as always.

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Oliver Twist was gorgeous. In casting, acting, filming, script, everything. Even if I wasn't crazy about Marc Warren's Monks character I'd recommend it.

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm... I should track me down of them BBC miniseries. The Dracula one seems especially fun.

And I hope I'm not the only one who noticed the way anachronistic lacings on the back of Sophia's dresses? :P
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