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The Season by suburbanbeatnik The Season by suburbanbeatnik
This is the first of two illustrations commissioned by novelist Sarah MacLean, who for her website redesign wanted a picture of the main characters from "The Season," her YA Regency romance. So here's Vivi, Alex, and Ella, dressed in day gowns circa 1815. This job was a lot of fun-- "The Season" is a great read! If you're a fan of Austen, Heyer or historical mysteries, you should definitely check it out.

Sarah's website (with my artwork!) can be seen here: [link]
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Londonroze Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning I love the variation in the clothes
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
 I have never read this novel and never shall, but I could no more resist favouring such a pretty picture than I could fly by flapping my arms!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Thank you! Thank you! 
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Nooneownsme Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
yet another awesome book!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It was great! I just wish that there could be a sequel. :(
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billytheixi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
I love the hair and expressions. :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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thebookbug5 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
This is soooo great! I love the book and I think you portrayed the characters really well! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so great! I'll be sure to tell Sarah. :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Charming! I love their little feet.
What does YA mean?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Young adult! :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ok, thanks ;)
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goonmann-85 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Lovely! The gowns are all gorgeous! (Though the later part of the Empire-line period isn't really for me, the Directoire is the best I think)
*fave*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, the later Empire dresses were a bit fussy, weren't they?
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WhiteAngelDreams Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Writer
They look wonderful on the website. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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angelicsyd9 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
reminds me a tad of pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but with nicer clothes :-)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I dunno, the costumes in the '94 Pride and Prejudice were pretty nice!

Have you seen Bright Star? I'd love to see that. It's actually set in 1818, and the costumes are very much of the late 'teens, what with the hats and the Romantic touches next to the high waists. It's really rare to find proper Regency costumes in cinema (specifically 1811-1820). Most Austen adaptations tend to favor slightly generic Empire fashions (1805-1810).
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angelicsyd9 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
oh movie costumes are always nice, never heard of bright star thats a movie I presume. Neat to know the period of costumes which are favored, i love costumes some are more intresting than others, but it's always cool to see adaptations
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm going to see Bright Star this weekend! Check out the official website-- it looks like it's going to be very interesting. [link]
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NovaDot Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student General Artist
SO PRETTY!!! :iconomgsocuteplz:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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NovaDot Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student General Artist
:D my pleasure!
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kyria Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
i like these! the personalities are ace.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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SethForeman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Regency hair & outfits rock! You are probably one of the best artist on DA when it comes to paying attention to historical details. Fantastic work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

Have you ever seen the Regency fashion plates at the NYPL? [link]
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yay!

I have to say, I vastly prefer this to the cover art: the girls looked so modern, like they were going to the prom or something. This, this is period and stylish and lovely. Hooray!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! (I am especially flattered by your italicized vastly!)

I feel the same way about the book cover. But S. told me that the first version she saw, featured models wearing Laura Ashley-style frilly dresses.
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome! =^__^=

Ack, no way! Stupid cover art designer peoples.... But I guess if they were hoping to hook the Luxe-reading crowd, the way they went made sense ... ish. (Speaking of period series with modern-looking cover art!)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The Luxe covers are effective, tho'-- they're eye-catching and intriguing-- but so many photographed covers are not! :P
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
It's true--on both counts!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Adielle Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the design of the outfits. Not to mention your style is gorgeous. I love their faces. <3
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional
Cute!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aw, your costume girls are always so fun to look at :D Are the two on the right related? There's a definite resemblance.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Re: the resemblance... you think so? Alex is supposed to be a Jennifer Garner type, and Ella is supposed to be Kristin Chenowith-esque. My faces can look a bit alike sometimes though... :P
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temiel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm intimately familiar with THAT issue, as I'm sure you know! ;) It's largely the shape of the nostrils and the cheek dimple, although knowing who they're intended to look like highlights the differences more. Alex definitely has a longer face than Ella, but when they stand next to each other the difference isn't overly prominent. Jennifer Garner definitely has those big pouty lips that make her face really distinct.

Is the other girl meant to look like Jennifer Connelly perchance?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I wasn't trying to make Alex look exactly like Jennifer Garner; I didn't want her to look that different from the model they got to play Alex on "The Season" cover.

Vivi, the brunette, is supposed to look more like Audrey Hepburn.
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temiel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, okay. As others have said, I like your version much better than the actual cover. There's so much more character to it! :)

And I can definitely see the Audrey Hepburn resemblance. She's got the pixie features. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
your welcome!
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