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Maria Bedell by suburbanbeatnik Maria Bedell by suburbanbeatnik
This a study for Maria Bedell, the heroine of my in-progress novel, "The Devil's Paintbox," a swashbuckling Sabatini-esque historical set during the English Civil War. I love this period of history, esp. the fashion; there's just something about that 17th century cavalier "Three Musketeers" look that's really appealing to me.
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gcw1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   Traditional Artist

Excellent use of line, I particularly like the way the contours of the face and the curls of the hair are drawn. 

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) 
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angelwingsfly1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
this is rlly good for a sketch!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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angelwingsfly1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
yw :)
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tommyboygirl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
o.O my last name is bedell, do i know you???
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your first name isn't Maria, is it? ;P
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smokyRoses Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Thank you SO MUCH for drawing period cosrumes accurately!!! I'm a theater costume design student and I see so many people drawing huge mashups of the entire 17th century, so THANKS SO MUCH again for getting it right.

BTW I love your drawings.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean. Those mash-up costumes drive me crazy. (There were a ton of them in the '93 Three Musketeers, which was yet another reason for me to dislike that movie.)

It's so nice to meet another baroque fangirl! Have you ever read Fashion and Fiction by Aileen Ribeiro? It's an amazingly detailed book about 17th century Stuart fashion- the best one I ever read. It's a must have for an student of this period!
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smokyRoses Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
I'll try to find a copy. :) Another cool book is Corsets and Crinolines...I can't find it right now but it's got a bunch of period fashion plates and ads and designs and drawings that are really interesting.

I was wondering: Am I the only one that wants to shoot the people who costumed Pride and Predjudice with Kiera Knightley? Because NOBODY wore their clothes that casually!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for pointing that book out to me! I hadn't looked at it because I thought it was all 19th century, but it actually has a lot of info in it about stays and paniers. I need to get it now.

I haven't seen the '05 P and P because of the costumes. I am told it actually works well as a movie, but I can't watch it for longer than 5 minutes at a stretch because it has both god-awful costumes AND Kiera Knightley, who really bugs me. The costumes are so bad, even my friends who aren't costume geeks like me recognize they're bad... sheesh!
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smokyRoses Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
It actually sucks as a movie, from the perspective of someone who has read the book a billion times. They skip EVERYTHING. The best film version is the one with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I loved the '95 version. The casting was amazing all around, and the costumes were terrific. Kiera Knightley is just so... modern looking. In all the movies I've seen her in, she spends most of her time looking all pouty like she stepped out of a Vogue photo shoot. I'm not quite sure why people think she works so well in period pieces.
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smokyRoses Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
It's because of her voice. If I close my eyes I can imagine she's wearing the right clothes. :) And also because Hollywood is really look-ist (duh, it's the biz) and she's very pretty. So they give her the roles she wants.

At least, that's my theory.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, there's lots of pretty actresses out there. Sure, she sounds posh, but eh... Maybe she has a great agent.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Her dress is so beautiful, I wish I could see it in colour. I have a thought of it being of a deep blue colour with golden threads.

Your character of Maria Bedell sounds like a very headstrong and interesting character. I would like to know more about her.

How many years have you been writing historical fiction? And of which historical periods have you been writing?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The dress is supposed to be a dark gray-blue, with golden brooches. (I was inspired by this dress here: [link] ) Just let me know how much you're in the mood to read, and I'll send some chapters your way. Just warning you, it is a work in progress, so there's a few notes here and there about future revisions!

I've been writing historical fiction since high school- I finished a few things then, but it's nothing I'd show anyone. I've been working on Paintbox since 2004; I have about 122,000 words on that so far, and it's about 2/3rds done. I have another novel set in ancient Lebanon in the 7th century BC that's also pretty far along, and another story set during the French Revolution. So, my interests are pretty wide-ranging. ;P
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Oh, I love van Dyck's paintings! Maria Bedell's dress is going to be very beautiful, indeed, with that painting as an inspiration. I must confess that I simply love the way you draw historical fashion. It is sometimes hard finding good artists who also know how fashion from certain periods are supposed to look like. You do, and you always manage making it look so very beautiful and stylish. Do you have any particular fashion periods you like more than others?

Does that mean that I will be able to read your novel in progress? I'm honored and would very much like to read everything you have written. There is nothing I love more than reading a good story set in historical times. You can send me all the chapters by mail to linda@frugalware.dk I will be more than happy to read it and give you my opinion. I don't mind that it's a work in progress and that there are a few notes here and there about future revisions. So just send it all my way. I'm more than ready for some good fiction. And if you are happy about my respons you can also send me some of your other works. I will be more than happy to read and comment on that too - especially if you do have some stories set in the French Revolution - I just love that period in French history.

I hope to hear from you. All the best, Linda
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I heart Van Dyck. (He was pretty cute too!) I'm glad you like how I draw period clothing- it's my real passion, and I see it done so badly so often. (Some pretty craptastic examples are [link] and [link] . I can't stand it when it's obvious the cover artist painted from some model wearing a zippered costume.)

As for periods I like, I'm a big fan of everything Stuart and early Georgian, mainly 1620-1720. I'm also fond of Rome, Assyria, the 14th century, and Edwardian stuff, as well as anything after that.

Sure, I'll send you my civil war story! But that's it, because the others are too unfinished.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
What I find to be most troublesome when looking at the two excamples you have linked to, is that, even though they have tried making the dresses look correct as to the fashion of the period, and failing, is that they haven't even taken the time to check the hair styles of the period. That really annoyes me. I can't take it when the hair style doesn't fit the period. And I agree, those two women look like they have been wearing a zippered costume.

Oh, it's so nice finally meeting an artist who love the Stuart period and the early Georgian period too. I love those periods so much. I also love the Napoleonic era (I simply love napoleon, Lord Nelson and Talleyrand). I'm not really interested in history after the 19th century though.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you agree. But what's even worse than crappy paintings are crappy Photoshopped photos of the same model in the same crappy costume. [link] Oh God, the horror! The horror!

I used to be crazy about Napoleon when I was 17 or so, but I got kind of burnt out on that too. I still have David's Coronation of Napoleon hanging over my bed, as kind of a leftover from my teenage Napoleonic phase.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Oh, the horror, the horror, indeed! How do people manage making such horrible photos? I almost can't believe my own eyes!

Oh, Napoleon. I still love him, very, very much. I guess I don't get burnt out that easily. As time goes by I just seem to get more and more in the way of interests in different kinds of historical people and events. I have to get myself a victorian-like library sometime. A huge library where I can have all my books. It's one of my huge passions - books - both on history, the occult, philosophy, art and several fiction books too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So, what sci-fi do you like?
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Fercy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody hell how I love those kind of dresses!!! I'd be soo happy if I had one... even I couldn't breathe wearing it but... they're so beautifull!!! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, stays (17th- 18th century corsets) weren't that uncomfortable- only ill-fitting stays would hurt. The big problem was, you know, actually doing anything (i.e. you'd fall down, and you wouldn't be able to get up again)... ;P
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Fercy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yes I can imagine how difficult life for women was wearing that kind of clothes!!! even the fact of dressing and undressing sounds stressing!!! jajaja
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costumerbutterfly Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
Absolutely beautiful!
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Stephie-sempai Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful! :+favlove:
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Axel-von-Fersen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Joanne,

This is such a wonderful image. I just says to me 1644, Marstan Moore, English Civil War.

That hair style - she could be Queen Maria Henriette
The bodice, the sleaves, the dress
You have such a feel, such an eye for this period!!

Excellent artwork, :))

In admiration,
Axel
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Very nice indeed.

I continually find your style of "busy" pencil lines rather appealing, as well as the visually balanced composition of background characters.
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