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The Phoenix Queen by suburbanbeatnik The Phoenix Queen by suburbanbeatnik
This is a promotional illustration for an illustrated children's bio about Mary Queen of Scots, tentatively titled "The Phoenix Queen," as the phoenix, rising from the ashes, was Mary's emblem. This project is currently on hiatus, due to health problems the author is having. But I still have hopes that this will someday see the light of day- Mary needs me as a champion!

Mary is at the top, with Bothwell, her third husband, being the duellist in the green doublet, with Darnley- her second husband- being the fop in rose. At the bottom are her enemies Queen Elizabeth and William Cecil, Elizabeth's chief advisor. I did this several years ago, but this is still one of my favorite pieces- since I tried to capture the same epic feeling found in Sanjulian's paintings. [link]

Other studies for Mary can be found here- [link] or here. [link]
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Wertyla Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Professional Photographer
Now THIS is truly awesome.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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cmisner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work! Mary Queen of Scots  is one of my favorite historical characters, in fact she is the half sister to one of my ancestors 
James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Mary's awesome. I hope one day I can write a book about her...
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cmisner Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Great artwork!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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imhilien Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautifully done. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I don't know much about her; didn't Elizabeth have her executed?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup. If you want a good bio of her, John Guy's "My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots" is a great place to start.
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BlueUmbrellaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
:love: this is beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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OTMARomanov Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
wow thats amazing
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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HopeHogwarts16 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This is amazing. You captured the story of the period so well. The fact that I though of Mary even before reading your description proves that. :) The detailing is also fantastic. :D <3
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I still love this picture... I hope one day I'll have the chance to do a Mary Queen of Scots picture bio. :)
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HopeHogwarts16 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
OMG!!! you sooooo should
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
This deviation has been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I know I'm a bit late... but thanks so much for the feature! I really appreciate it. :)
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
No need for an apology :) Thank YOU for sharing your beautiful art!
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faerydustcollector Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
wow well done!~
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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MaggieBebbe Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!!!! :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
woops! I meant 'read'. :lol:
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
wow, this is amazing, it's interesting to reas in some of the other comments what you said about mary, I agree, people tend to simplify her story way too much, when in reality it's pretty interesting, she made some hard decisions in her life and went through some hard times, she was up against alot, and people tend to forget that! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! You should read the John Guy bio, it's great. :D
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
what's the title? I might try and look for it in my library, u never know, they might have one book that I want. ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You can find it here: [link]

I highly recommend it, it's awesome!
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
cool! thanks :) :hug:
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ManuelMorgado Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this one is well done! Congrats ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheRaven-LENore Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
If you don't mind me asking, Whats your opinion on Elizabetht he first?
I ask because generally the people who I ask about the subject have gotten all their information from movies and so they believe that if you like Mary, you against Elizabeth and the reverse.
I mean, I personally have done research on the two (not exteremely extensive I will admit) and it seems to me like Elizabeth was more forced to have Mary executed, that, if given the chance she would have spared her.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not that crazy about Elizabeth, personally. I think she was a highly competent politician, but ultimately her decision to leave the throne to the son of the woman she executed was a disastrous decision. It effectively ended the Tudor dynasty, and the Stuarts, as charismatic and interesting as they were, were pretty terrible rulers. I don't really buy Elizabeth's claim that her hands were clean in Mary's execution. It seems highly disingenuous of her, to basically pin the blame of the execution on her advisors, and to claim that she was merely a reluctant participant. (It was, however, politically very clever.) Also, her decision to execute the anointed monarch of another country created a highly dangerous precedent (re: the English civil war, and ultimately the French Revolution).
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Tr1nks1e Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Many people always see her as an enemy, but actually she was just trying to uplift her country.

This picture really is beautiful, in its own category.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like. :D
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MadameGiry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
Such a lush, beautiful, historical style you have going on here, my dear! Well done and I do hope that the project gets completed!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It all depends on my friend's health, unfortunately...
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MadameGiry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
I do hope she gets well soon!
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very nicely done :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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RascalFlattsBaby8908 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
You're welcome :)
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Unsapient Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Have you read the play, "Elizabeth Rex" by Timothy Findley? Clearly it's about Mary's rival, but it really gets into the gender business about what it took for a woman in those days to fill out the crown, so to speak.

I think you've expressed a bold and resolute character in Mary's face up there. Her eyes are very strong and steady.

The subject matter of "Elizabeth Rex" - of which the primary dramatic dialogue is between one of Shakespeare's drag queen actors and the Queen - is not at all irrelevant to the intellectual and expressive content of this collage.

Very well rendered, too. I love the left figure's maroonish doublet and would wear it if it matched my stockings.

First prize.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've never heard of the play, but it does sound interesting!

The subject matter of "Elizabeth Rex" - of which the primary dramatic dialogue is between one of Shakespeare's drag queen actors and the Queen - is not at all irrelevant to the intellectual and expressive content of this collage.

How's that? Do tell, please- I'm curious now. :)
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Unsapient Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Well you've got an imperiously iconified female authority figure there dwarfing her affeminate "fop in rose" and her duelist there: the expected power structure is subverted. It's the same reversal as Queen Elizabeth I, who, to paraphrase, said she had to become a man to rule England.

In Elizabeth Rex, the drag queen actor - a position already disenfranchised from any kind of social power in those days, augmented by his having syphilis as a metaphor for AIDS - does the opposite: he has learned to become a woman.

That being said, Queen Elizabeth and the actor, Ned, after exchanging a great deal of saucy diatribe, come to teach each other to be a woman and a man, respectively, again. The Queen winds up donning one of Ned's character's gowns, a very, very loaded gesture in context, no?

Anyways... fantastic play, fantastic author.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, Elizabeth and Mary actually had a lot in common. Regarding Mary's "dwarfing" Darnley, the fop, you might be interested in this picture. [link] Mary is side by side with her husband, but it's pretty obvious who's in charge; her gaze is calm, confident and steady, while Darnley looks cartoonishly effete and ineffectual. They may look "equal" in the composition, but she rather looks like she's just humoring him, isn't she?

The play sounds great. I'll try to find a copy!
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Unsapient Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Hahaha! He looks pretty fabulous actually. You're right, it's the colour schemes and the postures as well as the expressions.

I want a velvet cap with a pink feather in it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure you can get one at a local Ren Faire near you. ;P
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lovely work! I like your use of darks and lights and the composition of this!! :+fav:
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