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Tycho Brahe by suburbanbeatnik Tycho Brahe by suburbanbeatnik
This was a commission for a friend, which he paid for last year (I must commend his patience in waiting for me to finish). This depicts Tycho Brahe, 16th century astronomer extraordinaire, impressing a young lady with his new theories about comets. The comet of 1577 hangs above them. Its appearance marked the first time that astronomers, both East and West, realized that comets were natural phenomenon and not signs of an angry God.

Tycho, of course, is dressed to the nines, with his big flashy coat, gold-embroidered doublet with peascod belly, and his gold nose (the real one was cut off during a duel). The sketches and notes in his book were ones actually taken during the appearance of the comet. His tools lay before him; notice there are no telescopes, since that was invented by Galileo in the early 17th century. Tycho only had his own eyes.

This painting took forever. As you can imagine, I'm a bit burned out on painting Elizabethan finery at the moment.
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! we learned about him today in my Astronomy Class. This is a very nice piece and it's also good for a historic Astronomy as well, really nice :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Xarti Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautifully painted.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Xarti Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome, suburban.
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ws6transam Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
One of the best Tycho portraits I've seen. I suspect you've captured his personality with near-perfection.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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robespierre13 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love it. Brahe was quite the character...and I like his expression.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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robespierre13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. Brahe was pretty awesome.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He was! :D
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MogniteAmbush Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice! I imagine Brahe's clothes would have gotten tiresome in painting :P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, definitely!
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Lemures87 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like to live in Uraniborg :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too! :D
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A-Phoenix-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
This is absolutely beautiful.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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A-Phoenix-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
You're welcome. :)
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Techy1999 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Writer
Incredible! Mind-blowing! I commend you for your astounding skills in painting.

And thank you for making some pseudo-historical rubbish and acually something is historically accurate
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've never thought of my work as "mind-blowing" before, but I'm glad you like it. It was a lot of fun to do!

But I think you meant to say "for NOT making pseudo-historical rubbish"? :D
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Techy1999 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009   Writer
yeah, that was a typo LOL.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thought so! :D
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BlueBirdie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the texture you create with your painting style , it's so unique and really fits these classic theme perfectly!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate that-- you're no mean painter yourself. :D
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FaerieDragon19 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Wow, stunning work! I especially love the comet streaking across the sky :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I looked at Kim Poor's work for the comet... I love the space art she did for Sagan back in the '80s.
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FaerieDragon19 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
You're most welcome! :)
Cool, I'll have to check her stuff out! :D
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I would have faved it just for clothes. But also colours are worth it. And his nose :D
What's the technique?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I gessoed the illustration board, did a rough sketch, sealed it with matte medium, and painted over it with acrylics.
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Cotovatre Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Aren't historical costumes just a hoot to draw and color? Hahaha
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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savivi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE. And I can see how those ruffles would drive anyone absolutely crazy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely. Well, at least Tudor era costuming didn't have ruffs! :XD:
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Foxy-Lady-Jacqueline Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You made him with his fake nose! Quite excellent! What sort of paint did you use? (Acrylics? I reminds me of them.) It looks really good! And yeesh, Elizabethan clothing...so much detail! This is really a gorgeous painting. I love it not only because I am a history lover, but also because it's so finely drawn & painting. I love the lighting & shadowing in this. And my goodness, I love how you've drawn the comet! :+favlove:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I almost always use acrylics. Man, Elizabethan costuming, ugh!

I looked at Carl Sagan's "Comet"-- there are some great comet paintings by Kim Poor in it.

Thanks, I'm so glad you like! :D
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Wow,impressive..the colours look stunning and so do the outfits and well,the whole composition actually.I can tell you've put a great deal of work and effort in this but i think it definatelly wothed it,the result is gorgeous. :)
Well done.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm so glad you like! :)
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
You're welcome,you did a fantastic job. :)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
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Have you ever heard the word EPIC?
Because that is what this is my friend.
It's got to be the detail you put into this, it's mind blowing!

PS: You should try your hand at doing Romanovs :iconurhappyplz:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It felt epic as I was painting it!

I'd be pleased to paint Romanovs... do you have any $$ to pay me? ;P
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Not with university coming up, that's for sure D: However, just out of curiousity, how much would a comission cost? I mean, there is always Christmas : D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I need to put together a price list of commissions, specifically tailored for the wallets of dA people. Tycho was 14 X 20, and since it was so large and complex, it cost $500. Naturally dA commissions would cost a lot less! I was talking about it with Ysa... because everything I do is traditional media, commissions will cost more than for artists working digitally, but I am thinking up a range of options for under $50.

What were you thinking of commissioning?
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Anything between $100 and $0 is just fine by me :D If I did commission anything, it would almost certainly be of the four daughters (OTMA!). Probably in white dresses or their trademark blouses and skirts : D I'm not sure exactly how large though, I certainly don't have enough to pay for a $500 dollar piece... what with school rearing its ugly head next week. Make no mistake, the Tycho piece looks worth every cent you charged for it though (I can't get over how, I can't really find the right word,"clear" and detailed it looks). Let me know when you have indeed worked everything out!
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NorthwestMarmot Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Hi, I'm the commissioner of this painting by Joanne. I am very pleased with it from the scans I have seen - from the very beginning Joanne worked very hard to capture what I requested - a "heroic" portrait of Tycho, who is my favorite figure from the history of science. To this end I asked Joanne to include those things that brought Tycho to prominence among science teachers like me! Joanne really did her homework, making sure the notes were correct, the tools were correct, and of course the clothing is spot on (this is her calling card!). No need to point out her detail of the nose, this man was all about the bling!

Along the way she shared a number of sketches and ideas with me. It's always a pleasure to watch her work and see how she develops her ideas.

Wonderful work, and I look forward to seeing this over my fireplace at home!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It was great working with you, Steve. Thanks so much for the lovely comments, and for all your support. I look forward to seeing this over your fireplace too! :D
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SethForeman Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
A fine example of Elizabethan wardrobe, Raleigh would be proud to wear that doublet. The shading is extraordinary and the detail outstanding. There are quite a lot of strokes in there. The commissioner must be very happy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! LOL... if I had a dime for every stroke I painted in that doublet, I'd be as rich as J. Paul Getty.

Yes, the commissioner is very happy with the painting. I think he might not even mind waiting so long for it! ;P
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MarkSatchwill Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work (as usual!) - lovely attention to detail in the costumes too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Mark! That means a lot coming from you... you paint a mean doublet yourself! :D
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Blue-Hawk-Dreaming Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student Writer
Oh my goodness, I just love all your work. You never fail to create a lively colorful image while at the sametime always paying extraordinary attention to historical detail. Its a constant feast for the eyes!
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