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Richard III by suburbanbeatnik Richard III by suburbanbeatnik
I did this portrait of Richard III for a friend of mine who is an avid Ricardian. I knew very little about anything medieval when I started it, so it definitely was a learning experience for me. I wanted to go for an almost Albrecht Durer like effect with the drawing; I also took pains to give the guy a hat that wasn't the one you see in the usual portraits.
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ComicBooKilljoy Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like how realistic you've made him (and especially his face) look!
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Roskbalkir Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You captured very well that look of slightly mournful austerity that he always seemed to have in his portraits.
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Cormael Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!
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Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This is absolutely gorgeous. And yes, I can see the Durer influence....wonderful job!
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Flamestar00 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Love the hat! Did you know that the tudor propaganda artists added a hunchback to his portrait AFTER it was painted :<. (They took it off though XD )
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Atanapotnia Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
This is just beautiful.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
 It greatly amuses me that one can type in 'Richard III' on deviantART and be greeted with a veritable sounder of Gloucesters, yet can type in 'Edward IV' and find only video game characters (also SPARKLY VAMPIRES) at the other end; one would think that a king described as one of the handsomest princes of his age, tall, strong, warlike would get at least a few fangirl pin-ups at least even these days!

 On a more serious note this is a very fine image and that is a remarkably silly hat! (that it is authentic period fashion just goes to prove that fashion has always been a thing of the moment and little else).:D (Big Grin) 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It doesn't help the most famous surviving portrait of Edward makes him look like a dumpy accounting major, though. The surviving portraits of Richard are more appealing, so he has that going for him.

Hey, I like chaperons! Colin Firth looked really dashing wearing one in The Advocate. :-P
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
 Give me the pointy Robin Hood number any day!Robin and Marian-Aniv Present 

 I do agree that His Grace Edward IV was poorly-served by his portraits and suspect that one has to look to portraits of his grandson Henry VIII to get an idea of his sheer physical presence (the two do seem to have borne a resemblance to one another and I suspect that the resemblance would have been still greater had Harry Octavius shared his grandfather's fertility).
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LadyCastlemaine Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this! I am interested in historical clothing and I'd been wondering whether Richard ever wore one of these 'towel hats'.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Chances were pretty high he did; chaperons were a common style in the 1400s.
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RedCyan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm a Ricardian too and love this so much! Fantastic and beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LadyJafaria Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I don't know much about Richard III but this is well-done. And I hate on principle that he was given such a crappy reputation. I hate Historical Villain Upgrades.

Of course, since one of my favorite people in history was given a rather huge and undeserved one, that's to be expected.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Historical Villain Upgrade is right! He is pretty interesting. Hard to believe he was only king for two years.

What do you think of the possibility that they might have found his body after all these centuries?
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LadyJafaria Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I haven't heard it; honestly I am not that up on English history apart from the Elizabethan era.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? It's been all over the news lately. Here you go: [link]
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Richard III always was my most favourite english King!
Very well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
You are welcome!
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shiannitako Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
i quite like the pose, and the sort of regal serious expression. Richard was indeed a 'character' of history :-) i really like the detailed depths in your drawings :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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mumumamma Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Excellent and very Dureresque. Love Durer. I would perhaps have softened his eyes, as I found him to be quite sad when I studied most portraits of him.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I love Durer. I don't actually know that much about Richard-- I did this on behalf of a friend who's a fan.
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Arixa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
I like it! ^^ I'm a Ricardian also, and I just thought, Hmm, I'll browse dA for Richard III and see what comes up... I love that the first thing that did isn't anti-Richard. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like! It seems that most folks nowadays are pro-Richard though. :)
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Arixa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Those who know he exists, that is. XD Seems like basically one gets the pro-Richard people, the people who only know about the play, and the people who've never heard of Richard III in their lives. It's probably different in England than America, but....
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I've just seen so many pro-Richard people online... I think he was an interesting person with complex motives, but not a saint.
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Arixa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Yeah, same here. Just like every other English king or queen, really...
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Arixa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
I like it! ^^ I'm a Ricardian also, and I just thought, Hmm, I'll browse dA for Richard III and see what comes up... I love that the first thing that did isn't anti-Richard. :D
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presterjohn1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly a wonderful reconstruction of Richard. I love the style.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Wyndworm Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh this is excellent, i'm such a supporter of Richard III!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
A lot of people seem to be these days! :D
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Wyndworm Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and rightly so, i'll have to do richards portrait sometime, i wonder who actually did the regal portrait before it was vandalized? hmmmm
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WingsandRings Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Ooh! Very Van Eyck-ian hat. Nice job! It's so hard to get any idea of what people looked like pre-Northern Renaissance art, but you've made a great transition from the stilted painting of him to something more natural.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! His hat is very Van Eyck-ian isn't it? I didn't think of that when I was drawing it... I was just geeking out over chaperons in general, I think. :)
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FaeLaVie Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Absolutely wonderful drawing! I too am an avid Ricardian, I so don't believe he killed the princes in the Tower!
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Hotaru12345 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
it awesomely drawn but i really hate king Richard III, he killed those two poor princes in the tower of London!!!!
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IncendioXsonXofXMico Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
YOU DARE INSULT THE GREAT RICHARD III?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!.....
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You realize that now, since you've said that, a member of the Richard III society is going to pop in and start arguing with you. ;P
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MeganPhntmGrl Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
*pops in*

You rang?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee!

So, do you want to tell Hotaru12345 why she shouldn't hate ol' Dickon?
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
An amazingly beautiful portrait! I simply love the look in his eyes. The cup is a nice detail and the clothes and hat are just priceless!

An instant favourite!
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theflyinggarbanzo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Amazing portrait! I really like the expression.
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MeganPhntmGrl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
See, I portray Richard as being nice and unruthless to the point of being somewhat naive and therefore capable of unwittingly doing some seriously ruthless things.

Also, as a moderately average-looking, socially inept... well, nerd.
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brasswatchman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Like that fact that you didn't portray him as a hunchback, but as the historical Richard probably appeared. Your friend's influence, I'm guessing? - very nicely done.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, Richard was a pretty attractive guy, if awfully serious (and a bit on the ruthless side, IMO). Even though I like him well enough, I'm not one of those obsessive Yorkist Sharon Kay Penman fans who thinks he can do no wrong. ;P
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IncendioXsonXofXMico Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
OMGOSH .... I have found a sister in Sharon Kay Penman, the best historical fiction writer EVER.... I'm so faving this...
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