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Regency Christmas Card by suburbanbeatnik Regency Christmas Card by suburbanbeatnik
This is my Christmas card for this year. I decided to go with a Regency theme; it's inspired both by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer (I was thinking of the hero in Heyer's "Charity Girl" specifically for the guy) . The cards are on sale in my Cafepress store, individually and in packs of 10 and 20. [link]

Painted with liquitex acrylics on Holbein mixed media paper, with a little bit of colored pencil.
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Londonroze Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderfully Christmassy, the lady reminds me of Hortense  Napoleon's step daughter 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I definitely looked at French paintings for inspiration for this; English costume at this period was kind of overdone and lacked, IMO, a nice sense of design. 
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Gothic-Romantic99 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely picture. I like the work with color. Nice job.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Gothic-Romantic99 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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JanuaryGuest Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Funny!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JanuaryGuest Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   General Artist
:D
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ImagenAshyun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist
Beautiful! :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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DreamCadet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Oh, these are just the most absolutely charming pair ever. And now I want to go read Heyer, for the first time in my life. Excellent work, and all that detail just wows me. I expected this to be tablet work, to look at all the detailed creases and hatching. And both of them are tremendously cute.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Heyer's awesome, you should definitely read her!

You thought this was a tablet? Interesting! I'd like to get one eventually, but that'll have to wait until I get a new computer.

I'm glad you like these so much, they're actually on sale in my store. [link]
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DreamCadet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I've gotten recommendations from time to time, and now I finally have free space in my reading schedule and the energy to do it. Any recommendations as to where to start?

It's in such fine detail, though; I guess I'm kind of jaded to seeing people's work being digital. This is really a marvel.

Ooh! Thank you.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh dear, this is going to be a very belated comment... My apologies!

Anyway, thank you so much for the kind words! I actually need to read more Heyer myself. I read about three of her books in high school and just reread them. (They were Charity Girl, Fredericka, and the Corinthian.) I liked them all a great deal (esp Charity Girl), but for some reason I was too lazy to seek out any others. I am told False Colours is pretty good (I think)!

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, but her writing is definitely worth checking out. :)
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DreamCadet Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Belated but well worth it! I'll definitely check those three out, I'm fairly certain they should be at the library. Thanks so much for the recs.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you enjoy! XD
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ilikepie94 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
gorgeous! and you've captured that subtle suggestiveness perfectly ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, thanks! :)
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ilikepie94 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
very welcome! ;)
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bloodycrusifix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I adore this [:
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Cotovatre Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*le gasp!*

Lovely!
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, you rock! :D
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Such a beautiful christmas card. This should make the season even more magical.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
My sales haven't been that great, but I've had fun- it's been a nice way to send out greetings to my favorite editors and art directors. :)
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sweetlemmon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
This is really lovely! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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sweetlemmon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
You're welcome, dear!
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Alene Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
I always adore anything related to Heyer, plus of course, this is regency, and it's gorgeous, and that dress is red! =D That's a quadruple threat as far as I'm concerned. I love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I'm so glad you like it! Have you thought of buying yourself a copy? ;P
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Alene Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, I have no credit card =( Plus, I just made 75 handmade cards for Christmas, and have already sent them off. ;)
I hope you have good sales, though, you deserve to, and the printed ones look lovely. =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, that's too bad! Well, maybe next year... :)
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rincewindmog Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Digital Artist
The regency owns, it's like the one period before, oh, I don't know, the 1920s or so when women's fashion wasn't completely idiotic (and, while fun to draw, considerably less fun to actually *wear*, I imagine).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean- panniers (18th cent. hoops) are lots of fun to draw, but it must have been a pain to wear.

Unfortunately, Regency gowns- as elegant as they are- aren't flattering to most women. Unless you have a figure like Gwenyth Paltrow's, you tend to look short and/or pregnant... :P
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
This = instant love :iconohjoyplz: It's perfect for any Historical Costume Nazi this Holiday Season.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Keegan! I don't suppose you were thinking of buying any? :D
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Can I take a hint? :D I actually just noticed your journal right above this reply, so I'm about to check it out!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So, what did you think, Keegan? :)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
God I'm sorry I've taken so long to reply here! :iconohnoesplz: I think they're terribly snazzy myself. I was going to give you an answer after I finished Christmas shopping, just because I'd know if I had any cash leftover. Happens there is no cash leftover D : And now Christmas is ...well..here. I feel kind of rotten now. Once I go back to work and the appropriate event pops up, I really would like to purchase something.*swears to the almighty* Maybe one of those ravishing rococo greeting cards...Do forgive me and my lack of funds!

~ Forever letting you down,

Keegan
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries, you'll buy some when you can afford it. :)

I hope you had an awesome Christmas, and you'll have a wonderful New Year! :hug:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I'm terribly glad you understand : D

And all the very same to you my dear Joanne! A very Happy New Years.

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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Traditional Artist
It looks like 1810's clothing (if I'm correct?). I like the style of clothing in the 1810's; I've been wanting to draw it for a while. :) I like how he's looking up at the mistletoe, realizing what situation he is now in (and the lady is looking at him with expectancy). This makes a very nice Christmas card!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Yes, the clothing is 1809-1810. The later Regency styles are a little fussy for my tastes. :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You have a special lightness with acrylics that I lack completely and find very charming. After one stroke of my acrylics, the pencil line is totally cancelled and the paper is thicker of one centimeter :P

I've never read Georgette Heyer, even if I've frequently gazed at the covers of her novel. Maybe I should, in the future :)
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