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The Birthday of the Infanta by suburbanbeatnik The Birthday of the Infanta by suburbanbeatnik
I just finished this for my agent's spring mailing. It depicts a scene from Oscar Wilde's classic story, "The Birthday of the Infanta," which can be read here. [link]

It's a very depressing story, as are most of Wilde's fairy tales, but the visuals are so striking- mainly, the contrast between the blond infanta and the poor dwarf- that I've been wanting to illustrate it for ages.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No, I mean, could you put my actual name in the entry? :)
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Ooooh. *smacks self* Of course. ;) Right on it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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windsama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
oo mear words cannot express the beauty of this art work. But for now, this is amazingly lovely and she be faved!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Rallya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
The details are beautiful... and I like how you represented the dwarf; I've read the story and indeed it is very, very sad... ^^ but the painting looks wonderful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cwylldren Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! The first thing this reminded of was Goya's painting.
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Forgotten-Death Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008   Photographer
Wow. I really like the details you put together for this pic. Thanks for putting up the synopsis too, now I want to go and check out other tales by this author. I feel so bad for the dwarf though!
Out of curiosity, do you use strictly paint while doing this, or do you add pencils in as well?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oscar Wilde is fantastic- he wrote two volumes of fairy tales. My favorite stories by him are "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish Giant," both of which can be easily found online.

Yeah, I pretty much strictly use paint on most of my work. Prismacolors and acrylics are a bit like oil and water...
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had that story in a little old book when I was young, I am glad he wasn't my dad, I'd have been traumatized for good. Beautifu treatment of this tale. I would love to see what you'd do with the Star Child.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I'm glad you like it. :)

The Star Child? I don't think I've read that one!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You must check it out then! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll definitely read it now! :)
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coor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved that story. It was full of such wonderful imagery, and I love your depiction of it!
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Stael Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
is it your Menina's version?? :XD: It reminds me a lot!!
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Kozakowy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The character work here is superb. Everyone in a different mood but consequently composed. I like subtle emphazis of infanta's figure as the main heroine of the day. Though the intrigue around is perceptible. Great ilustration =) regards
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like. :)
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tomoyo4476 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Student Artist
OMG! I LOVE THIS STORY! poor dwarf!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is very sad... :(
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OhSadface Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very lovely, um was this painting an inspiration by any chance design wise? [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
As I told :iconhuissi:, "the resemblance to Velazquez isn't surprising, as Oscar Wilde was apparently inspired by the painting to write the story."
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OhSadface Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
that. acctually does not answer my question.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wilde was inspired to write this story because of Las Meninas. Almost every illustration ever done for the Birthday of the Infanta refers back to Velazquez and Las Meninas, and that includes this one.
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OhSadface Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Alright ok that makes alot more sense. Thank you. It is still very lovely piece as is all of your art.
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
The infanta reminds me of the little girl in the painting "las meninas" by Diego Velasques in 17th century. This is a wonderful drawing and the coloring is absolutely beautiful as always. You've done a great job on the dwarf! His pose sorta pull you into the picture.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I like Velazquez-ish dressed princesses :)
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
I just finished the story. It's so sad...*ponders it a bit* Nice illustration, but where's the white rose in her hair?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
She's throwing it to the dwarf.
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
oh crap i missed that?
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grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
beautiful picture and a very sad story. I felt very sad at reading it
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Flor-de-lis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
wooooo..
te colours are amazing!!!
exelent work!!
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kyria Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
very successful in making him look like a dwarf. I LOVE THE GIRL'S DRESS, and very nice shading on the man's head, in front!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! But would you wear the dress yourself? :)
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kyria Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
YES. 8)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, okay. Just be ready to enter a room sideways then. :D
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sazuka Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
The story is depressing but the painting is so nice. It´s the first time I see anyone depicting the Spanish baroque dress which I thinks has a beauty of its own.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I find 17th century Spanish costume to be fascinating in its way, because it was so different from the rest of Europe. I noticed you had a few farthingales in your own gallery!
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guitarkitty Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
REally excellent, the girl/woman in the background, her hair reminds me of a portrait of Marie Therese I saw in the Met a few weeks ago. Really excellent job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate that. I so love looking at period art. :)
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guitarkitty Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Hah, n/p, same here.
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Got to love Diego Velaquez's paintings of the Spanish Court :D You've captured his style well, and blended it in brilliantly with yours :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I love Oscar Wilde! This is such an amazing illustration of a sad, but also beautiful fairy tale!

The way you have illustrated it makes me think of Velazquez's paintings, which I love. You make those Spanish baroque dresses look so stunning!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
They are stunning, rather like a fashion trainwreck. (What were they thinking!? Whoever thought boxy hoopskirted dresses with necklines so high your collarbone was covered was even remotely attractive?) And Oscar is one of my favorite authors ever.
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BeautifullyFlawed Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Can you do the honor and explain to me what exactly an infanta is?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm rather late with this, but I've only just become acquainted with this artist' work and seen your comment. An infanta is a Spanish princess. :)
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BeautifullyFlawed Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Thank you! Now I finally know what The Decemberists are singing about!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe! A friend of mine is a Decemberists fan (sorry, off topic! :blush:).
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