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Tycho Brahe by suburbanbeatnik Tycho Brahe by suburbanbeatnik
This was a commission for a friend, which he paid for last year (I must commend his patience in waiting for me to finish). This depicts Tycho Brahe, 16th century astronomer extraordinaire, impressing a young lady with his new theories about comets. The comet of 1577 hangs above them. Its appearance marked the first time that astronomers, both East and West, realized that comets were natural phenomenon and not signs of an angry God.

Tycho, of course, is dressed to the nines, with his big flashy coat, gold-embroidered doublet with peascod belly, and his gold nose (the real one was cut off during a duel). The sketches and notes in his book were ones actually taken during the appearance of the comet. His tools lay before him; notice there are no telescopes, since that was invented by Galileo in the early 17th century. Tycho only had his own eyes.

This painting took forever. As you can imagine, I'm a bit burned out on painting Elizabethan finery at the moment.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Blue-Hawk-Dreaming Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student Writer
Your most welcome! :hug: I forgot to mentions this part: your sense of anatomy is spot-on as well. There. Now I'm done giving you a big head. No pun intended.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I have to attribute that to years of taking life drawing classes... I need to brush up on that, though. It's easy to get rusty...
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   General Artist
Even though it burned you out, the detail work is absolutely stunning. I'm glad he was patient. This piece was worth the wait.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
He thinks so too-- I'm relieved. And thanks! :D
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goonmann-85 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Wow, this is amazing! You really aced here with the colours and the technique and OH the costumes!! I'm really no big fan at all of Elizabethan fashion, but these two look pretty awesome! I love the gold nose!

Fantastic work as always!

And, astronomy is kinda appropriate right now, isn't it? It was like, the 400th birthday of Galileo's telescope the other day, Google even gave its logo a make-over for it and everything!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm not much of a fan of Elizabethan fashion either, so it was a little tricky not to make Tycho look like he was wearing a clown costume! Peascod bellies aren't that flattering either, so it took some work not to make it look totally silly. But I think I pulled it off! :)

That's so true about the astronomy thing. I didn't even think about the anniversary until you reminded me. How cool is that?
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goonmann-85 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Yeah, definitely. Despite its strange decorations and distortion of the human form, I think the style of the period is interesting. Elizabethan times was the first period where Europe started dressing with a mostly united style, wasn't it? But yes, you totally pulled it off! :)

It's pretty cool! lol. Astronomy is a pretty cool subject in general. I think a liking for Sailor Moon as a 10 year old might have fathered my fascination with the planets lol...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? It was Carl Sagan for me, I think. :D
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goonmann-85 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Really? Eww.. lol Do you mean that as a little girl you had a crush on a 40-something nerdy guy with floppy grey-black hair?

Personally, I had a crush on Ariel...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No silly, Sagan was how I got into astronomy! :P
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goonmann-85 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Ooh ok. lol.
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lorneniesart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Oh, this one is gorgeous. The color scheme, and the sky, are really catching. And I love the detail of his nose...as soon as I saw the title I looked for it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm so glad you like!

The gold nose! Isn't that wild? Tycho must have been one crazy guy, that's for sure. :D
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
This is amazingly done! what kind of media do you use?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylics on gessoed illustration board, in this case. :)
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
wow, ^^ i terrible with working with acrylics. Unless i water them down.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I water my acrylics down a lot! :D
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
aha! i knew it!! :D
well you control them better than i ever did.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It just takes practice! :)
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
yeaa i know
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Ooh! Ooh! Pretty! I quite adore her sleeves.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The dress is more early 1570s than late 1570s, but she is very possibly behind the fashion curve. (Also, I didn't want any of her clothes to distract from Tycho's.) The sleeves were inspired by this picture of Queen Elizabeth: [link]
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Have you seen this portrait?

[link]

It looks similar.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I just saw that! It's gorgeous. I'm not always too fond of Lizzie's dress sense, but that gown is pretty amazing.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Really? I don't think I've seen a portrait that I haven't liked.

It is amazing. I'm trying to figure out exactly what's going on with the skirt. Obviously there's a farthingale, but I wonder whether that's how it was actually shaped or if that's just the artist's touch. Also, those pleats. They couldn't possibly fall that way unless they're actually tucks sewn that way.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd know better than me... Elizabethan costuming makes my head hurt! :D
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Way, way, WAY too awesome! :heart: Tycho has got to be one of the most 'colourful' historical guys I've ever come across.

I love it how blond and Danish he is here... no wonder that lady looks impressed.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, I know, doesn't he look like the super Dane? And that doublet was such a pain to paint. Man, I don't know how those Renaissance painters did it!
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HengenVaara Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for bad knowledges ^^ But it looks beautiful anyway ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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HengenVaara Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like midlle-age picture! Cool thing!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, Renaissance really... but thanks! :D
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