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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Beautiful as always! I really love the phoenix!
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alexcherrysnot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
This is beyond beautiful and makes me want to read more about Mary Stuart. I'll do that just because of this picture, isn't that sad? Lol. But I'm so in love with your stuff and I'll probably fave most if not all of it. I'm sure you know how good you are, but..amazing. Awe-inspiring. And a lot of other words I can't think of. Lol. Love!!!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! That's really kind of you to say, and I'm really glad you'd like to read more about Mary Stuart. She is a fascinating character, and for too long people have believed the standard John Knox-style propaganda about her: i.e., that she was too "feminine" and "emotional" to rule, because she wasn't a rational Protestant like good old Lizzy Tudor. Gah! You should definitely read "The True Life of Mary Queen of Scots" by John Guy [link]
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squizzlenut Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! I love the composition, it's great how it has hole in it in the middle, so you look in the middle, and then you see there's a little castle scene there and it isn't a hole at all! Very clever. The attention to detail on the faces is also, as usual, brilliant. :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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divinedarkspell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Student General Artist
this is amazing. I don't know much about Mary, Queen of Scots (STILL!!!) but I'm trying to learn! ^_^'
I've heard her story is intruiging, though. I'm really interested in reading this book. Is it out yet? This illistration is epic omg I love it
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- epic is exactly what I was going for! If you want to learn more about Mary, you should read John Guy's recent biography of her. It's really good!
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divinedarkspell Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Student General Artist
ooh cool what's it called?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You can find it here: [link]
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divinedarkspell Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Student General Artist
ooh thankies!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem. Hope you enjoy reading it! :D
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MrsGrimaWormtongue Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
MQOS Is heavenly, even if her brood DID bring about the ECW...hey everyone has annoying relatives. And her hair is almost the same shade of red as mine, so that just makes her even more Marilicious. I love this cover and you know who better get this book of the ground! I'm waiting to beta ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Mrs G.- as always, you are awesome to the max.

RHOMBUS!!
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Dintoart Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
OMG you are really good! I love your unique style
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Dintoart Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
you are welcome :D
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
now this is really really nice! it reminds me of the marvel comic 1602 a little - but this is far far better! im a follower of elizabeth myself - and i have some odd affinity for cecil - i recognise him in a picture before anyone else! lol, maybe i was him in a past life??? lol

you made mary look good though- most people draw her as some sort of monster which is unfair, i really love what you've done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think Mary was stunning, and while her looks and charm were captured by Clouet when she was a girl, there weren't that many skilled artists waiting for her when she arrived in Scotland, unfortunately- so in a lot of the paintings done when she was an adult, she's made to look like a horse. Gah!

I'm flattered you think this is better than 1602. I thought the art in that was top notch! :)
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
hahaha yeah scotland's not known for its artists - its poets though....

yeah 1602 was beautiful but this has such greater fluidity and humanity - is it to much to say you'd give some or the old renaissance masters a run for their money? all the more when you consider it would take them 6 months to come to something of this standard! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you're very kind! Of course, they didn't have acrylic paint and illustration board 400 years ago. It takes a lot longer to paint with layers in oils than it does in acrylics, that's for sure! :)
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
hahahaha, true, but they would labour and labour to make the surface of skin so smoot, or on backgrounds - besides, oils only take a day to dry surely? i have boxes and boxes of oil paint sent my kind relatives, but i'm into acrylics as well, myself. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, don't diss them Renaissance fellows (esp. Holbein and Clouet)... they were awesome! :D I am sure they could kick my ass any day of the week... ;P
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zoozee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing .. so so beautiful work :heart:
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MadameSerpent Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
Oh my god, is fantastic, perfect! I will cry.
I don't like too much Mary, I prefer Elizabeth, and I love more, the Elizabeth+Leicester's couple. Anyway, I fell in love with your painting. Is beautiful!!! I've always tried to paint a scene of that time... *sighs*
PERFECT! LOVE IT! LOVE YOU! XDDD!!! hahaha!!! +FAVFAVFAV <3333
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! If I ever get this project through, then I'm not going to make Liz evil or cartoonish, like she's portrayed in the latest Boabdil/Shonberg musical, "The Pirate Queen." [link] (You can read the review here- it's really funny- but you'll need to log in first. [link] ) Anyway, when most of the "The Phoenix Queen" takes place, Liz's clothing is pretty toned down, and I'll have a chance to paint Dudley once or twice too! ;P
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
I love yourrealistic-comic style!!:love: And of course all these details!!!! Her crown is the best!!!:clap:*fav*
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
damn, your style is so amazing! I think you'll get my may feature!!!!! I'm so amazed of your work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you like my work! :D
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
very, very welcome! hope to see more of this fantastic stuff!
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
the hair ornament has made me fav this. O_O
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! You do have a thing for interesting hairdos, don't you? ;P
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
as long as they're interesting enough... >.>
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Love the colors and the whole montage format: it has such an inviting, warm look.

I checked your link to the other artist. I think I've seen his stuff before, but your work is more personable and warm. Why try to be like someone else, particularly one from the "Frank Frazetta age of style"?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I love Frank Frazetta! ;P Anyway, I wasn't trying to be Sanjulian, just to be inspired by some of his palette and his.... uh... epickyness, to coin a word.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
*chuckles* Yeah, I used to like Frazetta too, and some of copycat army that followed him, but it's just recycled stuff over and over, and too much male ego. (Think about it.)

The one thing I always remembered about FF, however, was that he would procrastinate to the last possible minute then rush his works and give dumb excuses that people would buy. For example, his colorfully attractive "Silver Warrior" shows a Viking with a chariot of polar bears. There is, however, no sign of any reins attaching the creatures to the vehicle. In an interview back then he admitted rushing the piece, then said something like, "Oh. Well, you see, if you're in the path of something like this, you wouldn't notice the reins."

*rolls eyes*

Well, forgive my digression on him. I still prefer your style to any of those guys. *grins* So don't change it. *smiles*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, don't worry! Being inspired by some artist isn't the same as copying 'em, as you know. I've been inspired over the years by lots of illustrators/fine artists, and I haven't yet turned into Gainsborough or Riyoko Ikeda or Alberto Vargas or Teresa Fasolino or... the list goes on and on. I'm still me!

And that's pretty funny about the polar bears...oy!
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xphile569 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Amazing work, not enough people have commented and faved, deserves more recognition :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! But I've only been active on this account since Feb 19, actually... I think that's why I only have a smattering of reviews compared to folks who've been on here for years.
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LadyPakter4life Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
*screams and hugs you tightly*

THIS IS UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a Mary Tudor fan, but I spent the night in Mary QOS's bedroom a few years ago at Myers Castle in Scotland. It was eerie!

Anyway, you have superb control of your medium! And i love that your first name is the same as the actress that most recently played Mary Tudor (Joanne Whalley) :D. Great stuff!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! I'm so glad you like the painting. :glomp:

Wow, I am so envious you went to Myers Castle! You'll have to tell me more what it's like. When I was in Scotland last year, it seemed that everything Marian related was closed, just in time for my visit. Lennoxlove was closed, her bedroom in Holyrood was closed, the rose Clouet portrait was being restored in London... grr! But, as I explained to my friends over there, that means I just have an excuse to go back to Scotland. ;P
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
I love the composition you used in this one, the action, like a part of the story mixed with the portrait of the character, all very dynamic. I sometimes make drawings with a similar composition. I is so much fun to do! And again, I love your style of painting and use of colours :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! What do you think of the swordfighting part of it? I copied Bothwell's pose from part of a book cover by Pino D'Angelico... ;P
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
yes it looks great! full of action and very realistic!
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
This is fantastic! The picture of Mary in the top-left looks almost like a photograph. It certainly looks like an authentic portrait from the time period. Brilliant!

D-M
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
Gorgeous, gorgeous picture. The (here we go again) expression on Mary's face is perfect for her, and check out Darnley's foppy little hand. The Darnley Mad Squad would be horrified if they knew.
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kyria Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
eeeexcellent excellent excellent! beautiful facial structure..... and i love the mixing of colors, as always =D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance: I appreciate your enthusiasm. Glad you like it!
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
I love it! You are so right, Mary is underappreciated and needs to have her real story told! I like all the blended elements of the symbols and people!
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