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Madeline Rawdon by suburbanbeatnik Madeline Rawdon by suburbanbeatnik
Madeline Rawdon is a character from another plot bunny of mine, set in 1715. An amateur violincellist and the granddaughter of Matthew Rawdon [link] she's investigating the disappearance of her twin sister Beatrice, involved in the Jacobite rebellion. Here she's shown dressed up as Beatrice, in a formal gold French gown with powdered hair and lots of face-paint.

Here's a picture of her, here- [link] - under normal circumstances.

This was done with colored pencils in my Moleskine sketchbook, and tweaked in Photoshop.
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paul-rosenkavalier Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Very elegant! :)


If you don't mind me asking, what prompted you to choose the name Rawdon? I'm curious as I grew up very close to the where the Rawdon family, who were (moderately) important Royalists in the 17th century, lived. This is Rawdon House (which is sadly now offices, so I've never managed to see the interior):

Rawdon House by paul-rosenkavalier  

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, ironically "Rawdon" was a name I used for the Parliamentarian protagonist in my late, great English Civil War WIP (which has since been abandoned). I chose the name mainly because it sounded cool. Even though the character (Matthew Rawdon) was from a working class family from Southwark, I handwaved it away by saying he was only distantly related to the rich royalists. Madeline is Matthew's great-granddaughter. 
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JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Edward-55 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
so  lovely
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I am sad I never saw this drawing before! She looks like a cool character, and I love her gown.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's such an old drawing when I look at it... the hand is kind of funky looking to me now. But I'm glad you like it. :)
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hehe, I know what you mean! When I look at my old drawings all I see is the mistakes. ^^; But, I dig your art, even the older stuff! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks! I think you deserve a glomp for that. :glomp:

Hey, how goes the Alan pic? I'm dying to see it!
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Eee! :giggle:

Inks are done! I have a huge stack of coloring to do ... sometime? Soon? I hope? :eyepopping:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Can I see the inks, or do you want to show it to me when the coloring is done? Do you know when that will be? :O
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
If you like! I can definitely scan and send inks for you to look at.

Gah, I hope soon! I feel like such a loser; all my commissions are back-burnered, and trades are taking me forever. But one-and-a-half more weeks and then my darling husband is home for the summer, yay! (= someone else can watch the baby!)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to see the lines! :dance:

Oh man, that sucks. I'm sorry you're having so much trouble.
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
She looks like a good example of that corset video I saw through one of the clubs you're part of. Good lord, I don't think I would be able to stand it for more than an hour.

Your drawings have so much life in them! The variety of color, and the pencil marks, make her seem very 3D.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm told 18th century stays are actually quite comfortable, if fitted correctly. However they really do restrict your movement. I wore some mid 17th century stays a long time ago, and I needed help getting out of my friend's compact car!

There's a scene in the 1973 "The Three Musketeers" where Raquel Welch falls down a flight of stairs and can't get up without help. She's on her ass and flailing her arms like an overturned turtle. If you can remember not to fall down, 17th-18th century stays can be very flattering and nice.
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Lol, you were brave to try it! Maybe I will sometime in the future. I've been thinking of going to a renaissance fair, but I understand you're talking about a different period in time. In the Tudor period, women sometimes wore wooden corsets (Xl). That's my favorite fashion period, minus the death-inducing underclothes.
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LiZtHePiRAtEgIrL Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
skills!! nice
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
What can I say... simply gorgeous work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Psypsynel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very beautiful! i love the hair!
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coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Student Filmographer
Cool!
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absolutely lovely! Beautifully drawn :)
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JonathanChanutomo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
pretty!
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
That dress looks gorgeous. It makes me want to touch the fabric, although she looks very stern and sure of herself, so perhaps I'd be afraid.
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awww the colors of her dress are very pretty!! :D Good Combo with red+yellow/gold. ;)Also her face is nice. But why all your guys looks soooo earnest?^^;
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sparticus42 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
i love her hair!
well done! the dress is gorgeous!
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Seitou Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love early 18th century fashions :love: We just don't get to see enough of them, and you always draw every little detail. I like that you added the heavy make-up of the time period... because if there's one thing they screw up in films, it's the make-up. They always make the characters look too contemporary.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like the details. You're so good at them yourself! :D

I know what you mean by the make-up. Of course, the other extreme of overly contemporary make-up is when movies make period folk look like Raggedy Ann and Andy. ;P
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Seitou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XDD That's probably even worse.
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Georgian era stories-something i have become very familiar with these past few years ;) She looks very accurate for the time :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
NP :D
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Stanislav02 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
Another incredible piece, you have such great perception and use of colors it's just mind-boggling.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Very beautiful. I simply love the way you make dresses look so elegant!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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bloodylady Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
very nice..love her dress and her expression!!
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