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Prince Frederick by suburbanbeatnik Prince Frederick by suburbanbeatnik
I'm in the middle of a fairly elaborate commission, but I had to take a break from it and paint this. It's Frederick, prince of Wales, last seen here- [link] - except I wanted to do a quick little watercolor of him. IMO he turned out pretty cute- I hope you all think so too. You'll be seeing lots more of him over the next year, since he has a central role in a big project that me and a friend are working on. I can't say too much now, but I promise, you guys will love it!

I did this in my new Holbein sketchbook, which has watercolor weight paper. It so rocks. I used acrylics, as usual, but I painted them like watercolors, with only a little of my usual dry-brushing.
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Isn't he a dashing fop.  Lovely combination of ink and watercolour.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think he is rather dashing. 
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EveGlass Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Unf. Dem cheekbones. Dem eyes. Dat hair. This is a lot better than anything I can come up with. (If it interests you, I RP both Frederick and his wife Augusta on Twitter @/TheRoyalGriffin and @/TheGriffinsWife. Just putting that out there :') ) An excellent piece of artwork!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've followed both of you (I'm *suburbanbeatnik.) He was such an interesting guy. Really sweet and down-to-earth for a royal.
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
He is so adorable!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Oh, dear God, look at those blue eyes. :)


~Lady B
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Isn't he adorable?
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Quite. :) Oddly enough.


~Lady B
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Kagura-Satoam Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
for a rough peice- its quite amazing
His eyes and his nose- fits the nobility, everyhting about it
urgh, with out coming across as sounding dummer then i already do- its a wonderful picture
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the lovely comment! I'm glad you like. :D
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blisterine66 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
well done
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Aron-Ra Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like his Expression :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nose love.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha... too bad there's not an emoticon for that! :XD:
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Oh those Hanoverians....

you've conveyed so much personality here, and I love the sketchy quality of the piece. I want to reach out and touch his face, especially his nose and the little ball of his chin.
He's such a cutie.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! Thanks especially for such an adorable comment. I'm glad you think he's cute. :) The Hanoverians were quite interesting in their own uniquely dysfunctional way, even if not as wrong and wromantic as the Stuarts.
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chamrleon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Nice work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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chamrleon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
You're welcome!
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh! he's adorable. nothing like a cute 18th century boy...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I know, there's a certain something about those queued hairstyles and frock coats and cravats... :D
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Yes, a frock coat and breeches beat jeans and tee shirt any day.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I know! I get so bored when I draw people in modern clothing now... ;P
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
hahah! good thing these are centuries and centuries of the past still to try out. it should take a while to get bored of history.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, to be more specific, I really like drawing people when I go overseas or travel. (Drawing people in Spain was pretty cool.) But designing contemporary characters in ordinary American street clothes can be a bit of a snooze...
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Good luck on the project!

Great work here, as usual! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Cyrion! :D
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Oooh, hair.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, he has lots of it!
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Wow, you do this with such ease. The lines are so effortless and energetic (ha ha I'll see how many different ways I can say lively!!!). His eyes are very cute too :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Lively, haha... Thanks! He definitely has bedroom eyes, wouldn't you say? ;P
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Oh wow, he's gorgeous!
I can't believe how you with such simple lines and so little coloring can create a drawing as beautiful as this.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! He is very pretty, isn't he? Usually I tend to overpaint things, but I'm glad I made an effort to save the white of the paper here. I need to work more in watercolors. :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Watercolors are so much fun! :) And you're really good at it too. Keep it up will ya? ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'll try! :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice! I like his eyes.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Very excellent job! You always do such realistic work. :)

Now, he was George III’s father, right? I can see the family resemblance.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like. Yes, he was George III's dad... they did look alike, didn't they? Although George was so serious... personality-wise, he took more after his mom than his dad.
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
You’re welcome! :) Yes, they look very similar. I have recently become very interested in George III and have read that he spent a lot of time with his mother and was very close with her. The whole family is very interesting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
He was close to his dad before he died, when he was 12. When he was told about his dad's death (of pneumonia), George almost fainted. It was pretty sad. He had a letter that his dad had left him, instructions on how to rule fairly, and this letter was one of his most vaulable possessions.

Ironically, Fred was a fairly democratic guy for a prince- he was raised almost exclusively by servants, since his parents were half a continent away, and there are tons of stories how he gave money away to anyone who needed it, and he would randomly go out on walks wherever he pleased, unescorted. There was an old man whose cart of oranges were spilled, and Fred stopped to help him pick them up. Someone cried out, "Hooray for the King" (or something like that), and Fred replied, "Hooray for liberty and property!" I've heard stories that he wanted to be "The Patriot King," and rule by common consent. I wonder how he would have handled the American Revolution...
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Ah, very interesting. As I said, I just got into their lives, so I don’t know so much.

Hmm, there is also the question if the American Revolution would have happened at all if he had became king instead. But, if it had, it would make a very interesting discussion.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A great book to read is "A Royal Affair" by Stella Tillyard. It's all about Fred's kids, esp. about his youngest daughter, Caroline Mathilde- who was quite a firebrand, and really into Rousseau and reform and all that. Apparently she really took after her dad, even though she was born after he died. (Genetics can be weird, huh?) Caro's relationship with her brother George could charitably be described as "conflicted"...
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I think I’ve heard of that book somewhere. I’ll put it on my “To Read” list. ;) Oh yeah, genetics can be very weird. I’ll defiantly read this book when I can. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Let me know what you think when you read it! I'd love to hear your opinion. :)
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loppi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the lines! Very nice.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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