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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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merseysidericardian Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
I love this pic, is it for sale or would you be willing to give your permission for it to be reproduced in a limited way as the badge for Merseyside Ricardian's?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your interest. Yes, it's for sale. :)

Would you like me to send you a note over deviantArt, or would you prefer email to discuss this further? Either is fine with me. 
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Harlejen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Great drawing of a fascinating man 😀
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AraigneeV Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really want a print of this.  Love I know I could just download and print it out, but I prefer to support my fellow artists. Lmk if you take donations or anything...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I've often thought of starting a Patreon page, but I've never gotten around to it yet. Are you still interested in a print?
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You've captured his cold-blooded ruthlessness perfectly!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL thanks!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! 
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Oshun1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
I love this. It is a beautiful character pieces. Love the personality you give him and the details of the clothing are wonderful.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! So odd to think that, while he didn't have a hunch, he really did have scoliosis and his spine was curved... Very interesting. 
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Patricia-themister Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
The curvature of his spine looks much more dramatic on the skeleton because of the way it was laid out, In actual fact, while the condition probably caused him some discomfort at times, it was hardly noticeable even when naked (see Dom Smee) It became more noticeable after his death because of the position he was placed in after being thrown across a horse, which the Tudors made much of
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, unfortunately, propaganda being what it is... :/ 
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ComicBooKilljoy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is amazing how things can be without being seen.
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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I imagine he probably wasn't that great at parties. 
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Patricia-themister Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
Sorry to keep posting responses, I just can't help myself:) Richard knew how to throw  the most lavish of parties, and was a patronof music and was also very fond of dancing
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
He seems a pretty interesting guy, that's for sure!
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Cormael Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I do love Durer. :)
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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Though he did have scoliosis and his spine was curved a lilttle. But it was probably hidden most of the time, but rumors spread no doubt. Interesting stuff...
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Flamestar00 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student General Artist
People didn't understand about these illnesses and thought they were cursed 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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I have often wondered, where did the pointy Robin Hood hat originate? I'm not that au fait with medieval fashions. It had to come from SOMEWHERE. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
 Knowing the Hooded Man he probably pinched it from some unsuspecting troubadour!:D (Big Grin) 
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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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