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Prince Humperdinck by suburbanbeatnik Prince Humperdinck by suburbanbeatnik
I like "The Princess Bride," but I love Chris Sarandon's performance as Prince Humperdinck, the scheming, foppish heavy. He really was incredibly handsome- and he has absolutely no shame in taking the goofiest roles, which is pretty endearing. He played everything from Jesus Christ to Jerry the vampire in "Fright Night," and he was also Jack Skellington in "The Nightmare Before Christmas." I also didn't know he was the son of a Greek-American restaurant owner from West Virginia. He sure seems like a pretty quirky guy.

Anyway, I had fun doing this, because I just love drawing scheming fops. The costuming in "The Princess Bride" is actually not bad; Sarandon's character wears a number of nice mid-15th century tunic doublets, with the correct high mandarin collar, pleated front, full sleeves and fur trim. Repeated viewings of "Bride" have made me more sympathetic to Humperdinck, as I would like to kill off Buttercup too. I can't remember a female protagonist so spectacularly useless; she's the personification of the "too stupid to live" romance heroine that is the bane of the romance genre. It's hard to see what Westley sees in her...

So, it was nice to draw a character from a movie where I didn't have to give them a major historically accurate makeover. This is not actually a costume worn in the movie, but it is similar to several of them. Humperdinck wears a fur-trimmed red brocade overtunic with hanging sleeves, a golden undertunic with a high collar, and a nice belt with a dagger (all the better to stab Buttercup).

This is another attempt to blend Prismacolor colored pencils with Prismacolor alcohol markers.
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MDJ3420 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
this is awsome
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MrSeamonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
humperdinck is going to marry buttercup in little less than half an hour! now all we have to do is get through the gate and stop the wedding on time!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yes!
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isabellascott Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
OMG I love this.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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JewishJewel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
he has such good taste in skirts XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, it's a tunic! ;P
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bardling Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Well done! Perfect from his outfit to his dashing, scheming face.

I have to agree about Buttercup--she's pretty useless. The only time she ever really helped the gang was when she got those men to back off at the end of the book by going "I'm the QUEEEEEEEN." Wesley seems way too talented and clever and awesome for her, but I guess True Love works in mysterious ways.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Chris Sarandon actually saw this piece, and he really liked it! I was so excited. :D

Butters is pretty useless, but at least in the movie she's more likable than she is in the book. What do you think?
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bardling Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
That's so cool! Of course, I'm not surprised that he liked it--it IS an awesome piece!

I agree--Buttercup is more likable in the movie. I think seeing her expressions and the way she exudes rays of Wesley!love helps make her more sympathetic.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember reading the book and finding it, while enjoyable, to be a bit disagreeable in parts (esp. where the narrator is ranting about his ex-wife and his fat kid). I've heard other people say they find it to be misogynistic, and I can see where they're coming from.

Maybe Goldman was getting a bunch of stuff out of his system, because the movie works so well (and he wrote the script for it-- though possibly, this being Hollywood, it might have been rewritten by several other people). I particularly like that Humperdinck became a devious fop, rather then the brutal animal-killing guy he was in the book.
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bardling Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
I thought the bits about the ex-wife and son in the book were funny, but I did have trouble getting into the story in that beginning part (sort of like the son, heh). Once he finally got to Wesley and Buttercup, I was able to become more engaged in the story and read at a much faster pace.

The movie really does work well--it would be interesting to see how many of the changes were Goldman's own and how many were the ideas of others. I agree about Humperdinck--he's awesome in the movie! Threatening but amusing.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree! I'm still waiting for a good fanfic with him as the main character. I have a thing for hot, skeevy fictional guys. :D
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bardling Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
Heh! I hope you find a fabulous fanfic starring him.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, haven't found any yet... I'm still looking though!
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freespirit27 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
I cannot express how much I love your style and how you colour!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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MistressKym Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008   Writer
*smile* I love The Princess Bride!! Awesome Job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I'm glad you like it! :D
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MistressKym Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008   Writer
Your welcome!
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Rannegs Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Excellent job!
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DFNoble Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
I saw the "Princess Bride" long ago. That prince is such a terrible man.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
But a very hot one, you must agree. :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my favourite movies ever, though I have to say I've always stayed with Wesley (Cary Elwes is just too hot in that movie) and Robin Wright was at the top of her beauty. I don't care much that she's useless, as long as she's so beautiful (how antifeminist of me, to say this :D )
I like this drawing a lot. You did a great job with his face.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I do care that she was useless, especially since Carrie Fisher in the Star Wars films was both beautiful and kickass. When she got together with Han Solo in "Empire," the romance was so much more satisfying because it was a match of equals.

She did have some nice dresses though, even though some of them look like they were made out of '80s prom dress material.

Thanks- I'm glad you like the drawing!
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
I loved all the characters of Princess Pride besides Buttercup. The name says it all, doesn't it? Lol, I always laughed at the part when she rolls down the hill after Wesley. I wasn't properly appreciative of the romantic part, and I'm still not. :) Did love Wesley though. I had a proper dislike for Humperdinck, and he was a great villain. He had a properly horrifying name didn't he? ^^

You've done a great job with this character! The colors are, as usual, amazing, and the costume is a beauty. Not to mention the expression!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, Buttercup was just so... useless. Westley was awesome, though. Very clever and dashing in an Errol Flynn type way. And Humperdinck really was a great villain. Though I have a hard time thinking that he would have been permanently humiliated and chastened after he was threatened and tied to the chair. It's nice that he wasn't killed by falling off a building (the Disney Villain Death), but really, you just know this guy was going to make sure that the rest of Westley's life was extremely uncomfortable. Plus Buttercup would get old and even more annoying, and....

Hmmm. That's kind of how the book ends, isn't it?

I'm glad you like the drawing! I had a lot of fun doing it. :)
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
He was the sort of girl's ideal, like Erroyl Flynn in Captain Blood or his other pirate movies (seen them?) The book has a sequel! You should check it out. Lol, Buttercup the More Annoying. (But seriously, a second book)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No, there isn't a sequel. Check out the "Buttercup's Baby" section of "The Princess Bride" wiki page. [link] It's as well. Goldman sounds... difficult.

Yeah, I've seen a lot of Errol Flynn movies.. he was pretty cool. I especially like "The Sea Hawk" and "The Adventures of Don Juan."
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Wow, bummer... actually, not really. I could never get into the book. The same romance and adventure that I loved in the movie just came off as silly in the book. There is a definite element of comedy in the movie, but I guess I'm just one of those movie loyalists. ;P In any case, it's really the actors that made the movie so wonderful for me. All of them really pulled it off, although I'd take the healer's wife over Buttercup any day.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm not a particular fan of the book either. I think the movie is much better... I mentioned to someone else here that I found Goldman's angry digressions about his fictitious ex-wife and son to be dull and pointless; also, it left a sour taste in my mouth. Buttercup is even more irritating in the book... and doesn't Westley constantly put her down for being stupid? I don't really remember- I read the book ages ago.

Also, reading about Goldman's behavior, and the way he's spinning out this whole S. Morgenstern thing 30 years later, sounds a bit weird to me. Maybe it's just me. But he doesn't sound like anyone I'd really want to meet.

However, the movie is wonderful. There is such great chemistry between all of the actors, and the direction is pretty good too.

Though I do understand why you'd take Valerie over Buttercup... :)
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
The great thing about books is that a good writer provides all the thoughts and motives of the characters, but that can be just dull. :P Middlemarch is a whole series, but the book is so much better, not only because the characters in the book are so much more fleshed out, but also that the actors didn't always suit the characters. Also, as hot as Rufus Sewell is, and talented as well, he needs more room to act than in the part he played. He did play the romantic hero amazingly though. (Anyway, after that random rant.)

I'm not even sure what that deal is with S. Morgenstren and Goldman. I was very confused when I bought the book, lol. I basicly cried 'Oooh, great move = great book' and ignored everything else.

As for Valerie over Buttercup, I mean, as favored characters. Valerie is more interesting! Lol Not meant in any other way >.>
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is what the wiki page says about S. Morgenstern:

The Princess Bride is presented as Goldman's abridgment of an older version by "S. Morgenstern", which was originally a satire of the excesses of European royalty. The book, in fact, is entirely Goldman's work. Morgenstern and the "original version" are fictional and used as a literary device.

Goldman carried the joke further by publishing another book called The Silent Gondoliers (explaining why the gondoliers of Venice no longer sing to their passengers) under S. Morgenstern's name.

Goldman's personal life, as described in the introduction and commentary in the novel, is also fictional. In The Princess Bride, Goldman claims to have one son with his wife, a psychiatrist. In reality, Goldman has two daughters, and his wife is not a psychiatrist. The commentary is extensive, continuing through the text until the very end.


When I first read it in elementary school, I spent a lot of time looking for anything by Morgenstern. Apparently I wasn't the only one. It's an extremely elaborate practical joke that he is continuing to this day.

In the novel's commentary, Goldman writes that he added nothing to the "original" Morgenstern text, although he comments that he did write one original scene, a loving reunion between Buttercup and Westley, but claimed that his publisher objected to this addition.[2] He invited any reader who wanted to read the "Reunion Scene" to write to the publisher (formerly Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; now Random House) and request a copy. Many readers wrote in to the publisher and did receive a letter, but instead of an extra scene, the letter detailed the (obviously fictitious) legal problems that Goldman and his publishers encountered with the Morgenstern estate and its lawyer, Kermit Shog. This letter was revised and updated periodically; the 1987 revision mentioned the movie, while the 25th Anniversary Edition publishes the letter with an addendum about Kermit's lawyer granddaughter Carly. The 30th Anniversary Edition has a footnote at this point saying that you can now find the three pages of the reunion scene online. However, if one goes to the website detailed in the footnote, all they receive via email is the text of the three letters.

The epilogue to some later editions of the novel, notably the 25th anniversary edition, mentions a sequel, Buttercup's Baby, that was having trouble getting published because of legal difficulties with S. Morgenstern's estate. This sequel seems to be just as fictional as S. Morgenstern's unabridged edition, though later editions actually reprint Goldman's "sample chapter" of this book (see link above). The 30th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride included hints to the sequel's plot, and a promise to have the full version completed before a 35th anniversary edition (2009).


So... yeah.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah.. the Princess Bride. I have watched that movie more times than I can count (and read the book too which is quite funny). And yes, Buttercup is at bit on the daft side. Poor Wesley is obviously blinded by love (or perhaps the mask, I know they're comfortable but do they hinder ones eye site?)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, she is less stupid in the movie than in the book, if I remember correctly. But give me Leia over Buttercup any day of the week!

//pulls out blaster and shoots random stormtrooper
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
It is true that Buttercup is severely lacking in spunk. I have a hard time seeing her taking a storm trooper by any other means than pushing him of the cliffs of insanity
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Which is kind of a cowardly way to kill someone off, don't you think?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
yes. I suppose so. I always find it amusing when the hero/heroine of a movie really pisses me off. Buttercup is a good example of this
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
That film's a classic :love: You've drawn Humperdinck very well :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Ironically-guess what film's on British TV this afternoon :P?
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lorneniesart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Aw, but then we get to laugh at Buttercup's uselessness. I'm not sure whether she's better or worse in the book--at least there you know she's supposed to be dim.

But! I love how you've drawn Humperdinck--absolutely perfect. The crosshatching is really effective, and I adore his nose and cheekbones.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Personally, I thought the movie was better. The book was entertaining, but I really didn't like William Goldman's occasional rants about his fat fictitious son and equally fictitious ex-wife. I'm not entirely sure what he was trying to do, but it left a sour taste in my mouth.

I like how Humperdinck was changed from this big macho hunter type from the book to the movie's Machiavellian fop. That certainly was more fun for me to draw... and Chris Sarandon is always easy on the eyes. :)
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Valky Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
I'm a bit of an Inigo fangirl myself, but this is an excellent Humperdinck! I love some of the costuming in that movie, and parts of the book still make me giggle aloud. Very nice "Bride" art!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Inigo is pretty awesome as well. Thanks- I'm glad you like it!
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Jibril-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Great color ans he looks really atractive. ^-^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Inconceivable!
This is great....I love his face especially, and the outfit is awesome.
:D what movie did he play Jesus in?

Ah...The Princess Bride is fantastic and so are you!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D

He was Jesus in a TV movie called "The Day Christ Died." You can see a picture of him here. [link] Interesting, eh?
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